Migration Conversations

Migration Conversations by Jamie Liew

Jamie Liew

Migration Conversations is a podcast that invites persons to share their migration stories. Hosted by Professor Jamie Liew, each episode is an in-depth conversation with people who have experienced the Canadian immigration system or other migration regimes up close. We talk to migrants, immigrants, lawyers, policy makers, advocates and experts. We hope that these conversations shed light on the challenges migrants face through their own voices. Please note this podcast is not legal advice.

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Meet Elene Lam, the founder and executive director of Butterfly, an Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network. The tragic deaths of six Asian women in Atlanta have highlighted the intersectional reasons why they were targeted and killed. Perceived as foreigner persons, migrants engaging in immoral and illegal work, fetishized women, and those contributing to the spread of the coronavirus, Butterfly advocates for the full decriminalization of sex work, for full status for migrant sex workers, for immigration laws to allow sex work to be recognized as work, and for no cops at workplaces, among other calls to action. Listen to Elene explain why her organization is part of an alliance of 25 sex worker organizations bringing a Charter challenge to the criminal laws affecting sex work, among other legal reforms.

Previous episodes

  • 26 - Butterfly: Migrant Sex Worker Rights 
    Tue, 6 Apr 2021
  • 25 - Judging 
    Fri, 2 Apr 2021
  • 24 - Elusive Refuge 
    Wed, 24 Mar 2021
  • 23 - An Ambassador's Reflections 
    Fri, 5 Mar 2021
  • 22 - Souheil & the JAIL Hotline 
    Mon, 1 Mar 2021
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