North America and the Caribbean

SWOP-NOLA

Location

New Orleans
United States
Contact email: 
swop.nola@gmail.com
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Most members are current or former sex workers. Those of us who are currently working share resources and information relevant to our work and are the primary decision makers in the group. Our first priority is serving the needs of current sex workers.

PERSIST Health Project

Location

New York
United States
Contact email: 
sarah@persisthealthproject.org
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
The majority of our staff and many of our volunteers have experience in the sex trade. Staff members and volunteers who do not identify as sex workers are our committed allies. As staff members, volunteers, interns, and supporters, sex workers contribute to and define the structure, direction, and impact of our work.

Street Based Sex Workers Needs Assessment

Год: 
2014

This resource is an example of needs assessment conducted to assess the needs for women (including trans-women) who engage in street based sex work.

Monica Jones in Court Today

Video: 

File 1372Recently, Monica Jones, a human rights defender with SWOP, was profiled and wrongfully arrested by Phoenix police because she is a transgender woman of colour.

Students for Sex Worker Rights

Location

Toronto
Canada
Contact email: 
studentsforsexworkerrightsyork@gmail.com
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
The organization is co-founded by a sex worker and an ally. Sex workers also make up at least 50% of the executive council and are active voting members in all decision making processes.

Speak Up! Guide to Strategic Media Tools and Tactics to Amplify the Voices of People in the Sex Trades

Download this resource: 
Год: 
2013

Speak Up! Guide to Strategic Media Tools and Tactics to Amplify the Voices of People in the Sex Trades

This 35 page publication shares information, skills, and tactics for engaging with the media for those who want to achieve better and more effective media representation of people in the sex trades. The guide is geared toward people who are interested in engaging with media because they want to make change by and for people in the sex trades – both in the ways we are represented and in the institutional structures that negatively impact our lives.

Canada v. Bedford – the immediate aftermath

On 20 December 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down the last of the laws that relating to sex work that sex workers’ rights campaigners have argued were unconstitutional. The Criminal Code of Canada included a number of provisions, such as ‘outlawing public communication for the purposes of prostitution’ which relates to bans on street soliciting, ‘operating a bawdy house’ or ‘living off of the avails of prostitution’ although being a sex worker was not illegal.

SWOP Denver

Location

Denver
United States
Contact email: 
swopdenver@gmail.com
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.

BAYSWAN / SWFEST

Location

San Francisco, CA
United States
Contact email: 
carol@bayswan.org
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Most of the organisers are sex workers or former sex worers.

Sex workers in Jamaica hold a conference demanding rights

Sex workers in Jamaica gathered last week to demand rights, respect and dignity at a conference that received widespread press coverage around the region. Described as "members of a group that most Jamaicans may not have heard of", Television Jamaica went on to note that the Carribean Sex Workers Collective are "advocating for equal rights, and an end to stigma and discrimination".