North America and the Caribbean

Murdered Florida Sex Workers: Why Is No One Talking About Them?

On the 18th of September, two teenage girls were found dead on the side of a road in Jacksonville, Florida. The bodies of the two young women, Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum, who were 19 and 18 years old, respectively, had apparently been thrown off an overpass and were discovered by a passerby in the early hours of the morning.

Activists Urge the AP to Adopt “Sex Work”

The Associated Press (the world’s largest newsgathering organisation, based in New York City) is accepting suggestions for the 2015 version of its stylebook, a writing style guide for journalists. The stylebook is updated annually to reflect changes in writing style and new guidelines, and this year sex worker activists are urging the organisation to drop “prostitute” in favor of the preferred “sex worker.”

Gender, Violence and Health – Contexts of vulnerability, resiliencies and care among people in the sex industry

 A “working paper” prepared as background to Building on the Evidence: An International Symposium on the Sex Industry in Canada

 

This paper is a result of a research programme in Canada’s sex industry: workers and their intimate partners, managers and clients.

Prostitution Free Zones Repealed in the District of Columbia

After nine years of organising, the joint efforts of NSWP member groups Best Practices Policy Best Practices Policy Project and HIPS, together with groups including Casa Ruby and the DC Trans Coalition have succeeded in having the District of Columbia’s “Prostitution Free Zone” policy overturned.

Red Umbrella Project Launch Report on New York’s Trafficking Courts

Launched in September 2013, New York’s Human Trafficking Courts (HTICs) are the first statewide human trafficking intervention within a justice system in the United States. The courts function as a “diversion” programme by connecting those arrested for prostitution to mandated social services rather than incarceration. Defendants who complete a mandated programme can have their case dismissed and sealed, provided that they are not rearrested within six months.

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.”