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Kasia Malinowska and Bethany Medley

Kasia Malinowska is the founding director of the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundations, which promotes drug policies rooted in human rights, social justice and public health. Malinowska previously led the foundation's International Harm Reduction Development program, which supports the health and human rights of people who use drugs. Before joining the Open Society Foundations, Malinowska worked for the United Nations Development Program in New York and in Warsaw on drug and HIV policy reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Her academic publications include works in The Lancet, the British Medical Journal and the International Journal on Drug Policy. Malinowska co-wrote Poland's first national AIDS program; and helped form policy at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the World Health Organization; and the Millennium Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She has a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Bethany Medley is an advocate for the health and human rights of women who use drugs. She is a graduate student at the Columbia University School of Social Work and an intern for the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundations.


For the first time in almost 50 years, the International Narcotics Control Board, an independent body of the United Nations drug-control system, has included a thematic chapter on women and drugs in its 2016 annual report. This substantive inclusion of …




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