Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant is a journalist, author, and senior reporter at The Appeal.

Her reporting for the Village Voice, Pacific Standard, BuzzFeed, VICE, the Guardian, and The Nation has covered criminal justice, LGBT and women’s rights, sex workers’ rights, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking.

Her most recent book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, has been translated into six languages. Her reporting has been recognized in national and international media, as well as by academic institutions and human rights defenders around the world.

At In Justice Today, she covers sex work and human trafficking. Before that, she was a contributing writer at Pacific Standard and at the Village Voice, and she was a contributing editor at Jacobin.

Melissa has been a visiting scholar at The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and she has spoken about her work to audiences worldwide, including at Duke University, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, South by Southwest Interactive, re:publica (Germany), the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (Germany) the Oakland Book Festival, the Brooklyn Book Festival, Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK), and the International AIDS Conference (Mexico).

Write Melissa at mgg@melissagiragrant.com and find her on Twitter at @melissagira.