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Bella Robinson and Elena Shih

Bella Robinson is the executive director of COYOTE RI, and has been a sex worker in the US for over three decades. She is a survivor of the mass incarceration industry having served several terms in a Lowell Correction’s Facility in Florida. She moved to Rhode Island in the mid 2000’s to pursue sex work without criminalization. In Rhode Island, she is a founding member of the AMOR Network, a grassroots coalition of immigrant, anti-racist, worker rights organizations fighting state violence in Rhode Island, USA. Elena Shih is the Manning assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies at Brown University, and directs a human trafficking research cluster out of Brown’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She is on the editorial board of the Anti-Trafficking Review, and openDemocracy’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery editorial platform. She also serves as a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, Rhode Island State Advisory Council on Civil Rights, and on the Executive Board of Directors of the Providence Youth Student Movement, and COYOTE RI.