North America and the Caribbean

Canada's First National Study on the Sex Industry Launched

In Canada, Bill C-36, which has been roundly criticised by sex workers, looks likely to pass, in its original form.

California Passes Non-Comprehensive Condoms as Evidence Bill

Last week, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 336,legislation requiring district attorneys to get a court’s permission to use possession of more than one condom as potential evidence of prostitution. It will go into effect on January 1st, 2015.

PACE (Providing Alternatives Counselling & Education Society)

Location

Vancouver
Canada
Contact email: 
pace-admin@telus.net
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
PACE Society is a peer-driven organisation which prioritises the hiring and involvement of Sex Workers.

Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Location

Toronto, Ontario
Canada
Contact email: 
Maggiescoord@gmail.com
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are staff, board members, volunteers, members and clients.

Strong Sentence for Perpetrator of Attack Against Trans Sex Worker in NYC

In an unusual case of strong sentencing, a 23-year-old man, Damique Fennell, who led the attack and robbery of a 27-year-old transgender sex worker in New York City was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“Several decades ago”, said District Attorney Cy Vance in a press release, “a case like this one may not have gone to trial, but today’s sentencing and the convictions of these defendants represent a significant step towards obtaining justice for all crime victims, regardless of background.”

SWOP Sacramento

Location

Sacramento
United States
Contact email: 
inquiries@sacramentoswop.org
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
SWOP Sacramento is an organisation founded by sex workers, for sex workers. SWOPSac facilitate the acquisition of funding for counselling for those who have suffered violence and trauma. We engage community in order to better the lives of sex workers who are in the area, striving to evoke change through activism and education.

SWOP - Chicago

Location

Chicago
United States
Contact email: 
info@swop-chicago.org
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
We have an executive board of 5-7 people, all with current or former sex work experience. Our general membership fluctuates between 15-20 people, with at least half who have sex work experience.

Canadian Sex Workers Rally in Opposition to C-36

As the Canadian government rushes to push through Federal Bill C-36, their proposed new sex work legislation, before their December deadline, the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee will be meeting on Tuesday, September 9th to discuss it.

NSWP Publishes Brief to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

NSWP, The Global Network of Sex Work Projects, heralded the decision made by the Canadian Supreme Court in December 2013 to strike down laws related to sex work that were recognised to be unconstitutional and in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The striking down of provisions that restricted sex workers’ ability to implement crucial security strategies in their work was seen by NSWP members and allies around the world as a significant step forward in advancing the health and human rights of sex workers in Canada.

SWOP Las Vegas

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
Contact email: 
info@swop-lasvegas.com
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Current and former sex workers serve in leadership roles as co-directors. They also work as event organizers, educators/public speakers, members of community health and safety committees, outreach/harm reduction team members, and evidence-based policy advocates. Others simply attend meetings and events for social support and community-building.