Logistics for the 2008 conference
Chicago, ILThe following is information pertinent to attendance at the Desiree Alliance
2008 conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the
person named in each section.
Both Midway and O'Hare are equal distance to our
conference and housing location!
If you are traveling by cab, it should be
about $30 to $50 to either your hotel or the conference location.
Depending on traffic, be prepared to pay more. Sharing a cab is
We do not recommend renting a car! Parking
is extremely expensive and rare! Prepare to pay over $20 dollars a
day to park in the area of our hotel locations. It is a high
traffic area of
Chicago. However, there is ample street parking at the
A shuttle is a great option, usually $22 to
with the key words "airport shuttle Chicago" to choose your shuttle
service as your options vary depending on the airport you are
arriving at, and the hotel you will be staying at. Sharing a ride
always makes it cheaper!
If you are traveling via public transportation,
you can visit the Chicago Transit Authority website at
to take a look at maps and other transportation details. Print a
CTA map or plan your trip with your housing address and airport
location. Public transportation in Chicago is easy, as both the
airports and the housing are steps from trains. Plan your trip at
If you have a car with room for more, or
would like to find somebody else in your region who is driving to
Chicago, email Betty at
firstname.lastname@example.org Also, if you plan on taking
public transportation, she is thrilled to assist you with planning!
She can help with all your transportation needs!
The location of the conference is private and only
registered participants are given the location of the conference.
* * We have reserved a block of rooms at two
hotels for attendees. Rooms must be booked before June 14th, 2008
to get the group rate. Reserve soon! * *
We are coordinating room share. If you would like
to be considered for room share, or are in Chicago and can offer
housing, please contact Beth.
Email Beth at
if you have questions about
housing and room sharing.
During the conference, both breakfast and lunch
will be provided by our gourmet chef. Evening meals are not
provided. Meals will have vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore
options. If you have any special dietary needs or concerns,
including food allergies, contact Betty at
Privacy and Media
"Pulling back the Sheets: Sex, Work and Social
Justice" is an opportunity for those who support reform of
current prostitution laws to use their 1st Amendment rights to
discuss alternatives and address root issues that relate to the
current criminal status of those who exchange sex for money.
Although we do have a screening process to ensure that only allies
are present, we encourage all participants to set their own
boundaries and to be cautious when sharing personal or sensitive
information during discussions. This is a conference for allies and
broad networks of academics and activists and community members.
The Desiree Alliance is taking the following
precautions to ensure privacy and safety for participants:
conference is closed to the media and to the public.
film/photos will be permitted by participants.
documentation team will be permitted to film/photo the
presentations for promotion/records purposes, team is selected
by the steering committee.
who wish not to be filmed/photographed will be able to signify
their wishes on their name tag and the designated documentation
crew will not record their photo or voice.
are able to use first name only or pseudonym during the
conference if they choose to remain anonymous.
If you have questions about privacy or media at
our 2008 conference, email Serpent at
Fees and Payment
Registration is $200.00. Late
registration ends July 10th.
There will not be registration available after
July 10th or at the site of our conference, as our screening process
is time sensitive.
You can pay by check or money order by mail to our
Chicago. If you prefer credit card, make sure you have
specified so at the top of this form.
If you have questions about payment, email
Pay Fees Now!
Extended deadline, June 4th Midnight!
Notification will be on June 10th.
for leaders or new activists with priority to people of color,
immigrants, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transpeople, differently-abled/disabled
people, senior citizens and youth/young adults to support diverse
participation in the sex worker rights movement. We will consider
people who have experience of sex work-this could mean that you
worked as an escort, sex worker, prostitute, street worker, massage
worker, exotic dancer, hustler, lived with the support of
sugar-daddy or sugar-mama, had sex for housing/food/clothing, had
sex for drugs, or had sex to get the money that you needed to
Download here or
email: Liz at
The Desiree Alliance is
a diverse, volunteer-based, sex worker-led network of organizations,
communities, and individuals across the US working in harm reduction,
direct services, political advocacy, and health services for sex workers.
We provide leadership and create space for sex workers and supporters to
come together to advocate for human, labour, and civil rights for all
workers in the sex industry.
Alliance is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a