SWOP San Antonio

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Who do you work with?: 
We will be working with sex workers, male, females, transgender, as well as third parties, and other advocates and supporters of our organisation. We have just started here in San Antonio and are focusing on the growth at the moment.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex Workers will be helping with the admin, outreach and events in the organisation, as well as, determining what other programmes are needed in this community.
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: 
We are just starting here in San Antonio and will have our first meeting on May 2nd, 2015. What I can see we will have challenges which will be the immigration of sex workers, getting the sex workers in the community involved and trusting of our organisation, reducing the stigma, etc.