Who do you work with?:
SWOP Denver provides direct services to all sex workers, whether male, female, or transgender. We sometimes also encounter clients as part of our street outreach efforts, and offer them supplies as well.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
SWOP Denver is a sex worker run organisation. All members are sex workers or former 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
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:
The two main challenges the sex workers we work with face are stigma and prosecution. Colorado bill 11-085 encourages law enforcement to prosecute sex workers by offering police officers financial incentives for arrests. Laws such as this are making it harder for sex workers in Denver to access the services they need.
Describe other areas of your work:
SWOP Denver participates in a weekly street outreach programme where we distribute snacks, condoms, bleach kits and, other needed items. In addition, we host regular potlucks to foster community and solidarity amongst sex workers.