Who do you work with?:
The coalition works with male, female and transgender sex workers where our main focus is on human and workers rights, education and advocacy at all levels of the Jamaican society.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
The Jamaica SW Coalition is a sex worker led organisation with more than 80% of the executive being sex workers.
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:
There are many challenges that sex workers in Jamaica face on a daily basis. Two of such are discrimination from govenment run health care facilities and also from the police.
Describe other areas of your work:
Other areas of the work that the association has been involved in is working with sex workers to enhance the image of the product that they have to offer and from that a product enhancement manual has been developed. We also do referrals to safe and confidential sites where sex workers can have medical examinations done.