Who do you work with?:
HOOK works with male sex workers in the United States.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
The organisation was founded by and is led by sex workers.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?:
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
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:
1. Violence, stigma and discrimination. 2. Legal issues related not only to criminalisation of sex work but also other ways our constituency is marginalised or discriminated against.
Describe other areas of your work:
HOOK offers workshops on life skills including financial literacy and legal advice and hosts discussions about working smarter through its Rent U program. HOOK also conducts research into sex work by men in the US.