Who do you work with?:
Male, female and transgender sex workers, clients, thirds parties, families, partners and friends.
The Desiree Alliance is a social justice organisation that is led by current and former sex workers in coalition with health professionals, social scientists, educators, and their supporting networks focused on building leadership, capacity-building, organising and constructive activism amongst sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Our internal organisational structure is sex worker-led. Desiree Alliance holds bi-annual conferences and will host their 6th national conference "The Sex Workers Rights Movement: Looking Ahead, Pushing Back, and Moving Forward" in July 2016. The conference organises with volunteers from sex worker communities all across the US.
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:
Criminalisation and violence.
Describe other areas of your work:
Desiree Alliance's spectrum of work includes grassroots organising to national and international policy-making.