On Monday November 24th, Monica Jones and her defense will present the oral argument for her the next step in her appeal process.
During the Project ROSE stings in May 2013, after speaking out against the ASU School of Social work led diversion program that criminalizes sex workers, Monica was targeted and arbitrarily arrested under a vague anti-prostitution “manifestation” statute. Monica, with the support of her defense team and support teams, including the ACLU of Arizona, the national ACLU LGBT Project and SWOP Phoenix, continues to stand up for her rights in court.
The Best Practices Policy Project is encouraging advocates to join with us in support of Monica Jones and her fight for human rights. Monica shared with BPPP by telephone today that people in Phoenix are able to attend the court date in person and those outside of the city should seek out information about her case on social media. “Use the hashtag #standwithMonica,” she said, “This law is unconstitutional and places a heavy burden on minorities. I was wrongfully convicted and my conviction should be overturned.” Monica also explained to the Best Practices Policy Project that we should not expect any definitive statement on her case on Monday. “The oral arguments provide a chance to explain the key issues in the appeal,” she explained, “but the process is ongoing.”