Who do you work with?:
SWOP is a membership organization open to current/transitioning/former sex workers and allies of all gender identies, regadless of race, ethnicity, income, nationality, or disability status.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
SWOP members are not required to disclose any experience in the sex trade, however the majority of members are current or former sex workers. Sex workers are involved in all aspects of SWOP USA and leading voice in the organization.
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:
The main challenges that sex workers face are the criminalized status of sex work in the United States and associated stigma that results in direct and instituional violence against sex workers.
Describe other areas of your work:
SWOP-USA has over 15 chapters throughout the United States. Each chapter's initiatives are specfic to that locality, however all SWOP member work towards ending criminalization of sex work as it perpetuates stigma and violence against sex workers.