Karen Mirsky- Director of PACE (Providing Alternative and Counseling Education for Survival Sex Workers in Vancouver).

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Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry
Missing Women’s Inquiry
Downtown Eastside

Karen Mirsky, Director of PACE (Providing Alternative and Counseling Education for survival sex workers in Vancouver) describes what PACE’s role is and how the agency assists over 300 survival sex workers in the community. PACE was one of 13 downtown eastside organizations that were originally granted standing to testify in the Missing Women’s Inquiry. The Missing Women’s Inquiry was put together in 2011, as a public forum evaluating the Vancouver Police and Coquitlam RCMP’s handling of 62 women missing in the downtown eastside and murdered by Robert Pickton. Mirsky reveals why PACE decided to pull out of the Missing Women’s Inquiry, as did 12 other agencies that served the needs of women in the downtown eastside, and how the difficult decision came about. Results of the Missing Women’s Inquiry were made to the public on December 17, 2012.  

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