Regional updates: North America and the Caribbean

The North America and the Caribbean Region is made up of several country and regional networks, including a variety of organisations in Canada, the United States, and throughout the Caribbean.

Board members

Elya Durisin (Maggie's), Canada.

VACANT Caribbean

 

On February 23, Sumaya Ysl, a trans woman sex worker of color, was found murdered in Toronto. Ysl’s death has added to a growing list of trans women, most of them women of colour, who have been lost to violence in North America this year. The confirmed number currently stands at eight.

24th February 2015 by NSWP

On February 23, Sumaya Ysl, a trans woman sex worker of color, was found murdered in Toronto. Ysl’s death has added to a growing list of trans women, most of them women of colour, who have been lost to violence in North America this year. The confirmed number currently stands at eight.

24th February 2015 by NSWP

In the state of Washington, USA, politicians are considering several new proposals to “end demand” for paid sex. Senate Bill 5277 (sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Democrat), Senator Jeannie Darneille (Democrat) and Senator Mike Padden (Republican) among others) would increase the penalty for buying sex from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor, which means a fine of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

16th February 2015 by NSWP

In the state of Washington, USA, politicians are considering several new proposals to “end demand” for paid sex. Senate Bill 5277 (sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Democrat), Senator Jeannie Darneille (Democrat) and Senator Mike Padden (Republican) among others) would increase the penalty for buying sex from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor, which means a fine of up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.

16th February 2015 by NSWP

Shannon Williams, a tireless advocate for sex worker rights, died on January 20th in San Francisco. She was 48 years old and had been taken off life support upon her request following complications from a recently discovered brain tumour.

2nd February 2015 by NSWP

On January 26th, an Arizona appeals court overturned Monica Jones’ conviction of intent to commit prostitution. Superior Court Judge Crane McClennen found a lower court had denied Jones a fair trial by doubting her credibility (the judge in her trial, Judge Hercules, had said she was not a “credible” witness because she had a prior conviction for prosecution).

2nd February 2015 by NSWP

On January 26th, an Arizona appeals court overturned Monica Jones’ conviction of intent to commit prostitution. Superior Court Judge Crane McClennen found a lower court had denied Jones a fair trial by doubting her credibility (the judge in her trial, Judge Hercules, had said she was not a “credible” witness because she had a prior conviction for prosecution).

2nd February 2015 by NSWP

Shannon Williams, a tireless advocate for sex worker rights, died on January 20th in San Francisco. She was 48 years old and had been taken off life support upon her request following complications from a recently discovered brain tumour.

2nd February 2015 by NSWP

Earlier this month, NSWP member group Women with a Vision celebrated a quarter century of movement-building in Louisiana. The group’s 25th anniversary was commemorated with a fundraising party, with live musical guests, in New Orleans.

22nd December 2014 by NSWP

Sex workers are responding with outrage about a new reality show named "8 Minutes" set to air on the A&E channel. The show follows vice cop-turned-minister, Kevin Brown as he arranges to meet sex workers in hotel rooms and, within eight minutes, tries to “rescue” them from the sex trades.

18th December 2014 by Anelda Grové