Coalición de Trabajadorxs Sexuales de Quito (CTSQ)

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Ubicación

Quito
Ecuador
Contact email: 
lacallendisputa@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
La CTSQ es una plataforma activista de personas, hombres, mujeres y trans, que ejercemos trabajo sexual en Quito. Integramos la coalición organizaciones de hecho y derecho, y personas independientes. Trabajamos en nuestras comunidades base y haciendo incidencia con autoridades. Además, en alianza con organizaciones transfeministas, sindicalistas y de derechos humanos buscamos reivindicamos nuestros derechos. CTSQ is an activist platform for people –men, women and trans— who do sex work in Quito. Members include the coalition of organizations Hecho y Derecho as well as unaffiliated people. We work in our grassroots communities as well as by lobbying with authorities. Additionally, we seek to assert our rights by working in alliances with transfeminist, union and human rights organizations.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Todxs quienes formamos parte de la CTSQ somos trabajadorxs sexuales, líderes y lideresas de diversas organizaciones. Estamos involucrados en actividades de incidencia política, incidencia en medios y ejecución de proyectos. Realizamos actividades de apacitación en vocería política y empoderamiento para visibilizarnos y defender el derecho a ejercer nuestro trabajo con plenas garantías laborales. All of us who are part of CTSQ are sex workers, leaders from different organizations. We are involved in political activism, lobbying in media and the implementation of projects. We do trainings on political speaking and empowerment in order to visibilize us and defend our right to work with full, guaranteed labor rights.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Sumada a la estigma y discriminación que vulnera nuestra población, el primer reto que enfrentamos In addition to the stigma and discrimination that harms out population, the first challenge we face
Describe other areas of your work: 
La CTSQ busca cambiar mentalidades, normas y políticas para erradicar la discriminación hacia las PTS y garantizar nuestros derechos, libertades y el accesso a la salud integral. Con el proyecto "La Calle en Disputa" nos oponemos a la criminalización de nuestro trabajo reivindicando nuestra presencia en el espacio público e impidiendo el avanze de políticas de reunicación. Asimismo, trabajamos en el objetivo político de constituirnos como una asociación gremial en el futuro. CTSQ seeks to change outlooks, norms and policies in order to eradicate discrimination against sex workers and guarantee our rights, freedoms and access to comprehensive healthcare. Through our project, “La Calle en Disputa [Fighting for the Street]” we oppose the criminalization of our job by validating our presence in public spaces and stopping the advancement of relocation policies. In this sense, we work with the political aim of turning ourselves into a worker’s guild in the future.
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