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Logistics 2008

Logistics for the 2008 conference

July 16-20, 2008 Chicago, IL

The 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.


Transportation and Rideshare Contact: Betty at

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 ideal. 

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 conference location. 

A shuttle is a great option, usually $22 to $30.  Use or 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 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.  



Lodging Contact: Beth at

* * 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. 



Dining Contact: Betty at 

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 Contact: Serpent at

"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: 

The conference is closed to the media and to the public.

No film/photos will be permitted by participants.

One documentation team will be permitted to film/photo the presentations for promotion/records purposes, team is selected by the steering committee.

Those 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.

Participants 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 


Conference Fees

Fees and Payment Contact: Stacey at 

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 address in 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 Stacey at 

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Scholarship contact: Liz at

Diversity Scholarships

Extended deadline, June 4th Midnight!

Notification will be on June 10th.

Scholarships are 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 survive. 

English version (.doc)

En Espanol (.doc)

Download here or email: Liz at for application.


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.

Desiree Alliance is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit.


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