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Emplacement

Portland
United States
Contact email: 
workingitinportland@gmail.com
Phone: 
Who do you work with?: 
Sex workers and houseless people of all genders, with a focus on providing immediate harm reduction tools and support to street based workers and houseless individuals.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
With one exception (Becky), everyone involved in organising is a current sex worker.
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Working in a climate of de facto End Demand on top of criminalisation means that nearly everyone we interact with can (and sometimes is) targeted by the DA as our trafficker in an attempt to boost prosecutions. It's very alienating for allies as well as workers, I'm sure you can imagine.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We also do a quarterly zine, bad date list, art show, and fundraising.