Peers Victoria Resources Society

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Location

Victoria
Canada
Contact email: 
ed@peers.bc.ca
Phone: 
Who do you work with?: 
We work primarily with people in and from the sex industry of all genders and sexualities. We have some initiatives that target allied community members/general public, third parties and family members.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are involved in all level of governance, from Board, paid staff and volunteers.
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: 
Two main challenges are stigmatisation/structural exclusion and high-cost of living, especially housing.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Harm reduction, community building, peer support, bad date/aggressor reporting sheet, outreach to street workers and agencies, food and housing security, education programs for sex workers.