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This report was researched by Vivek Maru and Rebecca Schleifer, respectively Alan Finberg fellow and researcher in the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program, and Smita Narula, senior researcher in the Asia Division. The report was written by Vivek Maru. It was reviewed by Joanne Csete, director of the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program; Smita Narula; LaShawn Jefferson, director of the Women’s Rights Division; Wilder Tayler, legal and policy director; and H. Widney Brown, deputy program director. Production assistance was provided by Tommy Yeh, Andrea Holley, Veronica Matushaj, and Fitzroy Hepkins.

We are profoundly grateful to the individuals who shared their stories with us.

We also wish to thank our NGO colleagues in Bangladesh, who are working against HIV/AIDS and for the rights of vulnerable persons, for their invaluable assistance.

We acknowledge with gratitude the financial support of Barbara Finberg and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

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August 2003