Who do you work with?:
We work with sex workers of all genders and work experiences. Our organisation also includes space for allies (friends, family, social workers, academics, etc.)
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex workers are the majority membership as well as the leadership of the organisation, guiding organisational development, goals and process.
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:
Access to resources such as legal services and health care; criminalisation
Describe other areas of your work:
SWOP-NYC projects include working on policy campaigns, providing direct support to SWANK (our sex worker-only sibling group), event organising, and other initiatives.