New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance

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Location

New Jersey
United States
Contact email: 
newjerseyrua@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We work with any sex worker that needs help advocating for their rights (be that escorts or dancers, men or women, cisgender or transgender,etc). An anti-oppression perspective is important in our ability to advocate for rights.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
We are a sex worker led organisation as all political actions and community organising efforts are decided by and directed by 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
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: 
1. Getting legal justice for those who have faced violence from police and other security officials. Every lawyer we have approached has told us that 'sex workers have no rights' or that if they wanted to help us, funders would heavily disapprove and discontinue their funding. Despite clear legal evidence of law violations, there has been no reprisal for justice. 2. Dealing with social stigma....
Describe other areas of your work: 
Our mission is to document human rights violations, educate (both the public and the sex worker community) and community organise. Underlying our mission is the principle to provide resources so sex workers can continue to advocate for their own rights, rather than by ill-informed non-sex workers.