Wed, June 29, 2016 Webinar-The Intersection of Sex Work & Drug Use: Overlapping Communities

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The Intersection of Sex Work and Drug Use: Overlapping Communities

The Current Situation

As of January 2016, 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted Good Samaritan Laws. While these laws afford basic protections, they do not cover everyone and every situation- including sex workers, thus putting those most in need of protection at risk of criminal charges when they reach out for life-saving help.  With a record 47,055 number of people dying (more…)

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, December 17th


In the spirit of remembrance and healing, the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-USA) and SWOP chapters join sex workers, allies and activists from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. As we approach this day, we seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this year, and renew our commitment in the (more…)

2015 Trans Day of Remembrance Statement & Fact Sheet


On November 20, Sex Workers Outreach Project joined trans communities in recognizing Trans Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance began in 1998 in Boston, as the trans community mobilized around the murder of activist and advocate Rita Hestler. The vigils and speakouts held around the country are a moving and stark reminder that for millions of transgender people worldwide, the fight for survival continues.

This year, 12 of 41 sex workers murdered in the United States were trans women (29% of sex worker homicides), and 11 were trans women of color. This is a continuation of trends identified in 2012 Anti Violence Project (AVP) Report which found that 50% of GLBT homicide victims were trans women of color, and 23% homicides were connected to sex work. On this day, we stand in solidarity with trans communities and recognize that violence against trans women, especially trans (more…)

SWOP-Las Vegas Supports ESPLERP! ~ Inside the Groundbreaking Lawsuit that could Decriminalize Sex Work in California

There’s a saying in American politics: As California goes, so goes the nation. If that’s true, we may be at the start of a nationwide fight to decriminalize sex work.

The Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education, and Research Project (ESPLERP) filed a federal lawsuit on March 4 that seeks to overturn the criminalization of prostitution in California by arguing that the ban is unconstitutional under the First Amendment because it hinders sex workers’ rights to participate in private and consensual activities.

The fight to decriminalize prostitution in California is a longstanding one. Most recently, San Francisco shot down a ballot measure proposing (more…)

International Sex Worker Rights Day, March 3rd


This day’s history goes back to 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place by pressuring the government to revoke their permit.  The event was organised by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group that has over 50,000 sex worker members, and members of their communities.  Sex worker groups across the world have (more…)