Who do you work with?:
We work with female and transgender individuals involved in sex work. Also a large segment of our members and clients are low-income, African American women. Additionally our clients are primarily adult (24- 50+)
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex workers actively participate in the development of advocacy, participatory research, health education, health programmes and services.
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
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
Women and transgender women involved in sex work in the US South experience increased criminalisation and incarceration. Additionally, they have been excluded from needed health and social services.
Describe other areas of your work:
WWAV works with primarily African American women to improve their health and well being. We understand the connection of physical and emotional health to broader social justice issues and apply structural interventions to public health issues experienced by our members and clients.