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

 

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(c) Pivot Legal Society

Since December 20, 2013 when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three of the country’s most harmful prostitution laws (the communication, bawdy house, and living on the avails laws) in what was known as the Canada v. Bedford Case, there has been intense speculation over what new legislation, when it is enacted, will look like.

5th June 2014 by NSWP

Earlier this month, when the New York Police Department announced that they would end its practice of treating condoms as 'evidence of prostitution' in some, but not all, cases, the Access to Condoms Coalition-- whose executive committee includes NSWP members Red Umbrella Project and Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC

4th June 2014 by NSWP

The following is press release from NSWP member, Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Monday, June 2, 2014 — Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, along with sex workers and other experts, question the legitimacy of the federal government online consultation around prostitution in Canada.

3rd June 2014 by NSWP

NSWP member HOOK, is a sex worker-led organisation based in New York, US. HOOK works with male sex workers and 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.

Hook has developed a series of resources for male sex workers including:

23rd May 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 by NSWP

In a partial, but significant victory for the sex worker groups that have been advocating on the issue for years, the New York Police Department announced on Monday that they would end its practice of treating condoms as evidence of prostitution in some, but not all, cases.

14th May 2014 by NSWP

Members of the Guyana Trans United (GTU) took to the area outside the Brickdam police station last week picketing against the inaction of the police in delivering justice to the four trans sex workers who were victims in a drive-by shooting.

GTU was supported by members of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) as well as other NGOs and individuals sympathetic to the plight of the sex workers.

13th May 2014 by NSWP

A high profile event benefiting two organisations working with sex workers will be held this weekend in Brooklyn.

Hey Queen! is a monthly dance party that is a regular on the New York City scene. Its May event, on Saturday May 17th, will benefit both the PROS Network and NSWP member Persist Health Project.

13th May 2014 by NSWP

The New York City-based Sex Workers Project (a project run out of the Urban Justice Center) which provides legal and social services to both sex workers and victims of human trafficking, has been selected by The American College of Trial Lawyers as the recipient of the

7th May 2014 by NSWP

Persist Health Project based in NYC has developed a useful guide for service providers seeking to shape their services to the needs of sex workers.

29th April 2014 by NSWP