Who do you work with?:
We primary work with female sex workers, and hope to build stronger relationships with male and transgender sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
The decision making council of SWOP-Seattle is composed entirely of sex workers and retired sex workers.
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
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:
Criminalisation and stigma, of course! In our local we are currently fighting against many new anti-trafficking laws and a local law enforcement "Buyer Beware" program.
Describe other areas of your work:
We host peer support events, public awareness entertainment and panel discussion events, self-defense courses for sex workers, and are hoping to build a network of social and health service providers that work with sex workers from a harm reduction human rights perspective.