New York, NY
Who do you work with?:
Current, former & transitioning sex workers of any gender ID, sex, race, ethnicity, disability status, age, veteran status, arrest record.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
We are the majority membership holders and budget writers, decision makers and public speakers.
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:
1) Leaving sex work on their own terms and into viable careers. 2) Isolation from community, social and institutional support.
Describe other areas of your work:
Creating safe and casual spaces in which to discuss sex work without fear of judgement or detection, writing for media outlets about sex work issues, offering paid writing opportunities for sex-workers on our soon-to-be relaunched website.