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Learn more about CAP International

The Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution (CAP International) is a movement made of grassroots and survivors-led organizations united around a common objective: the abolition of the systems of prostitution and trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation. As of today, our growing Coalition includes 35 organisations in 27 countries

The fundamental objective of CAP International is to advocate for the adoption and implementation of 1) progressive domestic legislation and 2) international standards that amplify efforts to:

  • eliminate sexual exploitation of women and girls;
  • deliver effective protection, support and exit options to prostituted persons and victims of trafficking;
  • empower frontline services and survivors of prostitution.

The 35 members of CAP International provide direct assistance to victims of prostitution and sexual exploitation in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle-East and Africa. Our members work with, or are founded by, survivors of prostitution.

CAP international empowers its members in their capacity to obtain progressive legal reforms in their countries and to be heard internationally.

To do so, its members, with the expertise of its Secretariat, define the strategy and priorities of CAP international. Our General Assembly and Board are indeed composed only with elected representatives of our member organizations. CAP international is thus an international abolitionist organization effectively driven by its domestic NGO members.

CAP international members advocate for policies based around five core principles:

  • Decriminalisation of prostituted persons;
  • Protection, support and exit options for all prostituted persons;
  • No impunity for traffickers, pimps and sex buyers;
  • Criminalisation of the purchase of all sexual acts;
  • Training for professionals, prevention measures and education for young people.


Our 35 members are the driving force of our coalition, and are based in 27 countries across the globe. They make up CAP International’s General Assembly and vote on the budget, and strategic priorities, and elect the Board every two years.

Our Board is the key decision making body made up of twelve individuals, each representing one member organization.

Meet the BoardMeet the Secretariat

Our International Secretariat, with headquarters in Paris liaises with members and the Board, implementing Board decisions and facilitating communication with our members.

Cherie Jimenez – EVA Center, USA President
Lynda Dearlove – Women@thewell, UK Secretary General
Claire Quidet – Mouvement du Nid, France Member of the Executive Committee
Frédéric Boisard – Fondation Scelles, France Treasurer
Diane Matte – La CLES, Canada Board member
Ghada Jabbour – KAFA, Lebanon Board member
Iluta Lace – Marta Center, Latvia Board Member
Nerea Novo Paleo – Feminicidio.net, Spain Board member
Paromita Chowdhury – South Kolkata Hamari Muskan, India Board member
Rita Maria Hernandez – Mujeres Libres A. C., Mexico Board Member
Jonathan Machler Executive Director
Héma Sibi Advocacy Coordinator
Grégoire Théry Co-founder & Advocacy Special Advisor
Claire Guiraud Representative, CAP Permanent Representation to the UN in Geneva
Marta Torres Herrero Advocacy adviser in Spain and Latin America (pro bono)
Per-Anders Sunesson Special advisor (pro bono)
Zoé Pellegrino Data Analyst (pro bono)
Elisabeth Gandy Webmaster (pro bono)

CAP International’s Ethical Policies

CAP International’s actions are governed by clear ethical standards. Please read CAP’s International Ethics Charter.

To report any corruption practice, discrimination, unsafe work or suspicion to any of these, a Report Form has to be filled and sent by email to the Ethics Committee : ethicscommittee@cap-international.org.

Anti-Corruption Policy

Please read and agree to the Terms of the Anti-Corruption Policy before using the Corruption Reporting mechanism.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Please read and agree to the Terms of the Anti-Discrimination Policy before using the Discrimination Reporting mechanism.

Safe-Work Policy

Please read and agree to the Terms of the Safe-Work Policy before using the Safe-Work Reporting mechanism.

Annual Report 2022

Read an overview of our activities in 2022.

CAP international Annual Report 2022

Annual Report 2020

Read an overview of our activities in 2020.

Annual Report 2019

Read an overview of our activities in 2019.

Annual Report 2018

Read an overview of our activities in 2018.


We are generously supported by contributions from private individuals and private foundations.

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Mobilising in solidarity

CAP International stands in solidarity with all of the exceptional women who speak out against sexual exploitation and violence. In particular, we would like to honour Nadia Murad Bassee, survivor of sexual slavery under ISIS, for her advocacy calling for an end to the Yazidi genocide committed by ISIS.

CAP international’s second World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation was held in solidarity with, and dedicated to, Yazidi women and girls held captive and sexually enslaved by Daesh.