Red Umbrella Project

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Brooklyn, New York City
United States
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Mission Statement

We believe that all sex workers have a right to self-determination; to choose how we make a living and what we do with our bodies. We aim to empower our diverse community by building the capacity of sex worker-serving and sex worker member-based institutions as well as the skills and resources of sex workers themselves. We also conduct research about sex workers and the sex industry in order to better understand it, develop public education initiatives, and advocate for the rights of sex workers.

Who do you work with?: 
Our Organisation deals with men and women, and women of Trans experience. We provide drop in spaces, writing workshops and safe spaces to tell their narratives.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Our Program Co-ordinator is a previous consumer of our services. We also hired a PT Transgender Outreach worker to conduct outreach to underserved women on Trans Experience.
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
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 ability to advocate for themselves and to find programs that are conducive for their wellbeing.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We provide writing workshops which provides our consumers with an outlet to begin to describe their narrative on their own terms. We provide a drop in space where consumers can come and get referrals for outside services in which we may not handle in house. We also conduct outreach to engage our consumers in the surroundings of their comfort zones to built a relationship and convey what it is we provide.