Red Umbrella Project

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Brooklyn, New York City
United States
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Mission Statement

We believe that all sex workers have a right to self-determination; to choose how we make a living and what we do with our bodies. We aim to empower our diverse community by building the capacity of sex worker-serving and sex worker member-based institutions as well as the skills and resources of sex workers themselves. We also conduct research about sex workers and the sex industry in order to better understand it, develop public education initiatives, and advocate for the rights of sex workers.

Who do you work with?: 
We work with people involved in the sex industry former or current in New York city area, especially those most criminalised for sex work.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
People in our community are involved witht he Red Umbrella Project in a lot of different ways. We have writing work shops and publications, publi speaking opportunity and we help make connections for thise to get access to the resources they may be seeking.
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
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: 
The main challendes we are seeing are with getting access to safe and affordable housing for thise in the industry and the involvement with law enforcement.