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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这周,美国境内COVID-19报告病例超过一百万,造成将近61000人死亡。尽管形势严峻,整个国家已经分裂成了两派-一些人渴望(立刻)恢复正常,而另一些人希望继续维持封锁措施。但这场争论中,性工作者被遗忘;由于不被包括在任何政府救济方案中,他们别无选择,不得不继续工作。

Coyote RI (Call off Your Old Tired Ethics. 忘掉你陈腐的道德观念)-是一个罗德岛的性工作者组织,成员包括性工作者,前性工作者以及友好人士,致力于游说警方为参与性工作的人提供健康与安全保障。他们通过我们COVID-19影响调查报告了在美国应对这场危机的经历。

“在罗德岛,我们有数百名舞蹈和水疗工作人员失业,因为该州要求关闭所有非必要的业务。我们(组织中)还有数百名网络援交女郎,为了保护自己,很多人停止工作,但很多人继续接待客户,因为他们负担不起停止工作的沉重负担。”

这种工作带来的压力由于缺乏紧急资金而更加严重。

25th May 2020 by NSWP

Lorena Borjas – a pillar of New York City’s Latinx LGBTQ community, and a staunch defender of the rights of trans people, Latinx people, and sex workers – died on Monday 30th March of complications from COVID-19.

8th April 2020 by NSWP

A group of 72 LGBTI organisations have delivered a letter to 13 members of the Washington D.C. City Council calling on them to support an upcoming Bill which would decriminalise sex work in the district.

4th October 2019 by NSWP

More than 130 organisations from across Canada have signed on to a statement calling on the new government to implement 'the total decriminalization of sex work as a first step to protecting and respecting the human rights of all sex workers' and the 'recognition of sex work as meaningful and valuable work'.

30th September 2019 by NSWP

Amnesty International has released a new report highlighting the routine use of rape, violence and torture by police to punish women sex workers in the Dominican Republic.

28th March 2019 by NSWP

A new coalition is calling for the decriminalisation of sex work in New York. Decrim NY was officially launched at the end of February, led by people in the sex trades "whether through choice, circumstance, or coercion".

27th February 2019 by NSWP

On 28th June, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Human Rights Watch, The Internet Archive, and two individuals have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of FOSTA (Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, 2017).

29th June 2018 by NSWP

Sex worker organisations have been negatively impacted since FOSTA-SESTA was passed in April, with Desiree Alliance announcing it has cancelled its 2019 conference in light of the risks the law has created for sex workers. The statement on their website reads:

22nd June 2018 by NSWP

Last weekend in Halifax at their biannual national convention, the Liberal Party voted yes to a resolution for consensual sex work decriminalisation. The resolution was presented by the party’s youth caucus, the Young Liberals of Canada, and is part of several resolutions that push for a more progressive Liberal Party. The Liberal Party are currently the largest party in Canadian government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Trudeau.

27th April 2018 by NSWP

Efforts to resist the closing of strip clubs in the US are ongoing. Recent police raids have prompted a spotlight on New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) in recent months, as NOLA-based sex workers speak out against “tough on crime” politics affecting their right to work safely.

21st March 2018 by NSWP