Regional updates: North America and the Caribbean

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Regional Board Members

Shaunna-May Trotman (Guyana Sex Work Coalition), Guyana

Natasha Potvin (Peers Victoria Resources Society), Canada

NSWP Regional Network

The Caribbean Sex Workers Coalition (CSWC) is a regional network of organisations representing female, male and transgender sex workers. It was founded in 2011 and is based in Georgetown, Guyana.

News articles from North America and Caribbean region are listed below.

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NSWP member HOOK, is a sex worker-led organisation based in New York, US. HOOK works with male sex workers and offers workshops on life skills including financial literacy and legal advice and hosts discussions about working smarter through its Rent U program. HOOK also conducts research into sex work by men in the US.

Hook has developed a series of resources for male sex workers including:

23rd May 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 by NSWP

In a partial, but significant victory for the sex worker groups that have been advocating on the issue for years, the New York Police Department announced on Monday that they would end its practice of treating condoms as evidence of prostitution in some, but not all, cases.

14th May 2014 by NSWP

Members of the Guyana Trans United (GTU) took to the area outside the Brickdam police station last week picketing against the inaction of the police in delivering justice to the four trans sex workers who were victims in a drive-by shooting.

GTU was supported by members of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) as well as other NGOs and individuals sympathetic to the plight of the sex workers.

13th May 2014 by NSWP

A high profile event benefiting two organisations working with sex workers will be held this weekend in Brooklyn.

Hey Queen! is a monthly dance party that is a regular on the New York City scene. Its May event, on Saturday May 17th, will benefit both the PROS Network and NSWP member Persist Health Project.

13th May 2014 by NSWP

The New York City-based Sex Workers Project (a project run out of the Urban Justice Center) which provides legal and social services to both sex workers and victims of human trafficking, has been selected by The American College of Trial Lawyers as the recipient of the

7th May 2014 by NSWP

Persist Health Project based in NYC has developed a useful guide for service providers seeking to shape their services to the needs of sex workers.

29th April 2014 by NSWP

Recently, Monica Jones, a human rights defender with SWOP, was profiled and wrongfully arrested by Phoenix police because she is a transgender woman of colour.

14th March 2014 by NSWP

On 20 December 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down the last of the laws that relating to sex work that sex workers’ rights campaigners have argued were unconstitutional. The Criminal Code of Canada included a number of provisions, such as ‘outlawing public communication for the purposes of prostitution’ which relates to bans on street soliciting, ‘operating a bawdy house’ or ‘living off of the avails of prostitution’ although being a sex worker was not illegal.

12th February 2014 by NSWP

Sex workers in Jamaica gathered last week to demand rights, respect and dignity at a conference that received widespread press coverage around the region. Described as "members of a group that most Jamaicans may not have heard of", Television Jamaica went on to note that the Carribean Sex Workers Collective are "advocating for equal rights, and an end to stigma and discrimination". 

6th September 2013 by NSWP