SWAN is a collectively run non-profit in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. We provide outreach, advocacy, and education by and for newcomer, immigrant, migrant and indoor sex workers.
Services include legal, health, safety, immigration and ESL information, one-to-one advocacy and support, outreach throughout the Lower Mainland, harm reduction supplies, public education, and more.
We are a culturally diverse group of women working to provide culturally appropriate and language-specific support, education, research, advocacy and outreach for newcomer, migrant and immigrant sex trade workers (women at indoor sex worksites). We work from a harm reduction and human rights based perspective that respects the rights of sex workers and the choices of individual women.
Our group is made up of women from diverse cultural backgrounds including Canadian born and immigrants. Among us, we have women who speak several Asian languages. We come from a range of experience, directly and indirectly with off street sex work.
Immigration status (undocumented women) makes them ineligible to programs and services for ‘legal’ immigrants. Also, lack of culturally and language appropriate services for sex workers.
• Outreach to immigrant women who work in off-street sex work sites
• Distribution of safer-sex supplies and information resources
• Connect women to healthcare workers through Street Nurse program
• Provide information and answer women’s question about the law.