Julie Lee

Julie Lee (TAMPEP, Turin): In 1995, Julie taught English at the Sichuan International Studies University in China (1995). She worked for the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe as an English teacher (1997-1999). In the summer of 2002, she interned in the US State Department (Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor). At the time of her fellowship, Julie was studying for a Master of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. TAMPEP is a European Network of organizations that work to prevent HIV/STV among Migrant Sex Workers, and towards the end of her internship, Julie was invited by the United Nations to visit Nigeria as part of a TAMPEP training team. She helped to develop the work and material for training of trainers in and led some training. She felt that the sessions were well-received by participants. After her fellowship, Julie wrote: “I wrote three grant proposals, translated TAMPEP project materials in English, edited content, and attempted to bring a more critical and problem-solving approach to the work. This was missing, particularly in the project plan/proposal for the ALNIMA project. The material was put together to advertise TAMPEP to potential donors, but also to use them in a future media kits, or for TAMPEP’s future web site. I was also able to contribute directly to the development of the ALNIMA Project, particularly in micro credit.”

Setting Up in Turin

13 Jun

I am sitting outside on the terrace of my flat. As I stretch my legs out in front of me and enjoy the cool, lazy breeze, I marvel at my good fortune at being stationed here in Turin. Here in Italy, for that matter. Our building is old, with its dingy cream-colored exterior, its red shingled roofs and small, narrow chimneys. The entire building is centered around a small courtyard, so I have neighbors to my left, to my right, and in front, across our small courtyard. I am on the top floor, the fourth floor, which gives me the distinct advantage of being able to spy on what most of my neighbors are doing once they emerge on their terraces.

In just one hour, I will be on my way to our office. On the streets of this city, pedestrians rule the road. As cars zip around the narrow roads, pedestrians fearlessly step off the curbs and march across the streets. (Traffic lights seem to be reserved only for the busiest of intersections.) The cars screech to a halt, a mere couple of feet away, and the pedestrians, without blinking an eye, continue on their way. As I hesitate on street corners, my colleague assures me, ”The motorists must stop for you!” With American motorists still fresh in my mind, I nevertheless continue to wait for a break in traffic before proceeding.

TAMPEP’s building is nestled in the poorer side of the city. It is a modest office consisting of four rooms. The modesty of the environment belies the important work that the organization does.

The foundation of TAMPEP’s work is its outreach to sex workers. Three or four times a week, the “Street Unit” travels in and around the city to introduce the organization to women, distribute information and materials, and offer assistance to them should they need it in the future. I will accompany the Street Unit on their rounds next week.

Posted By Julie Lee

Posted Jun 13th, 2003


  • Rawlings Kofi

    July 30, 2008


    how can i contact Julie Lee?

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