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Schedule

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The schedule below is for a guideline only and is subject to change. Be sure to check back often!

 

  Program Summary 

The conference is for registered participants only. 

Public is welcome to attend our afterparty!

Welcome!                                  

Sunday
  July 9
2pm Registration
7pm-9pm Conference Welcome and Attendee Introductions
9pm-12am Cocktails and Meet-n-Greet

Where Are We Now?                     

Monday
July 10
This day of presentations by researchers, sex workers, students and other allies will include reports on current policy issues, conditions for those working in various elements of the sex trade, enforcement trends and social, economic and personal impacts of policy within diverse communities.

Where Do We Want To Be?              

Tuesday
July 11

Participants come together in regional and issue-based affinity groups to discuss how current prostitution policies impact our lives as individuals and communities within contexts of criminalization, social prejudices and discriminations. We will identify what changes in policy we wish to see and develop action plans to fight for those changes.

How Will We Get There?                   

Wednesday
July 12

On this day of practical workshops participants develop and share skills for effective action, including journalism and media work, grassroots organizing, peer-based outreach, organizational lobbying, labor organizing, organizing on the web, organizing within marginalized groups, fundraising and more!

 After party: Funkaliscious!!                

Wednesday 
Night
July 12

Hosted by: Ladyfest LV, Spread Magazine, SWOP-USA, and the Sin City Chamber of Commerce

Location: Gipsy
Time: 10:30pm

Performances by:
-Juba Kalamka of Deep Dickollective!
-Scarlot Harlot: "The Unrepentant Whore"!
-Miss Indigo Blue-Temptress, Tease, and Tassel Twirler Extraordinaire!
-Lipstick Conspiracy!

Spinmistress: DJ Bent!

 

 


Day

Time

Event

Location

Sunday 7-9-06   Welcome!

Today we welcome all conference attendees. Registration from 2-10:30pm in conference foyer- pick up conference packets and name tags.
2pm-10:30pm Conference Registration Conference Foyer (L)
7pm-7:45 Welcome Introductory Panel

Salon B

 

Introduction:

Susan Lopez-Embury,  Stacey S., Barb Brents, Kate Hausebeck

Salon B

  Moderator:  Natasha Sommers  
  Panelists: Erika Smith, Sharmus Outlaw, Dr. Robert Lawrence, Gennifer M. Hirano, Starchild, Robyn Few  
7:45-9pm Attendee introductions and comments  
  Moderator: TBA  
9-12am Cocktails and Meet-n-Greet Salon B

Monday 7-10-06   Where Are We Now?

This day of presentations by researchers, sex workers, students and other allies will include reports on current policy issues, conditions for those working in various elements of the sex trade, enforcement trends and social, economic and personal impacts of policy within diverse communities.

9-10:30am Breakfast available Salon B
9:50-10am Good Morning and announcements Salon B
10-10:20am Keynote address: Carol Queen Salon B
10:30am-
12pm
Policy Panel: Current Policy Under Scrutiny Salon B
  Moderators: Carol Leigh, Penelope Saunders, PhD  
  Panelists: Cheryl Radeloff and Candice Seppa Arroyo, M.A.: "State Sanctioned Sex: Nevada's Civil Criminal Codes"  
    TBA: “The New Moral Panic around Sexual Demand"  
   

Stephanie Wahab: "Critical Reflections on a Prostitution Diversion Program: Findings from a Qualitative Evaluation"

 
    Darby Hickey: Current efforts to fight End Demand tactics  
    Laura Agustin, PhD, "Entrepreneurs Against Decriminalisation? Regulation Problems in the UK and Holland"  
       
12-1:30pm Lunch Salon B
12:20-1:30 Nevada Brothel Panel Salon B
  Moderators: Barb Brents and Kate Hausebeck  
  Panelists: George Flint, Nevada Brothel Owner's Association  
    Geoff Arnold, Owner Donna's Ranch  
    Lorraine Harper, Manager Sheri's Resort  
    Zimmy, Worker Kit Kat Ranch  
       
1:30- 3pm

Panel: " Sex Work, Sex Work Policy and Lessons Learned: Canadian Experiences"

Salon C
  Moderator: Elizabeth Nanas
  Emily van der Meulen -York University and     
  Fran Shaver - Concordia University
   
1:30-3pm Panel: International Policy Salon B
  Moderator: Priscilla Alexander
  Presenters: Yim Yuet Lin: "Evaluation on the ‘Free Concern’ policy in Mainland China: the social, cultural and economic impacts on sex workers"
  Dilcia Molina: “Condiciones de Riesgo y Vulnerabilidad ante el VIH/SIDA de las/os Trabajadoras/es del Sexo Latinas/os en el Area Metropolitana"
  Rachel Wotton: Sex Services Premises Planning Advisory Panel: The Guidelines
       
1:30-3pm Panel: Know Your Rights! Sex Work and the Law
Get ready for a fun way to learn what is against the law, and what to do if you have a run-in with the law. This panel provides a useful legal overview of sex work laws internationally and domestically, and state-to-state. Questions from participants welcome.
Salon D
  Moderator: Stacey S.  
  Panelists: Midnight Special Law Collective  
    Allen Lichtenstein  
    Holly Pottle- UA  
3-3:20pm Coffee Break Salon B
3:20-4:50pm Panel: Harm Reduction Salon C
  Moderator: Ginger Virago  
  Presenters: Alexandra Lutnick: "SWEAT (Sex Worker Environmental Assessment Team)"  
   

Erin Rehel and Miranda Waggoner: “Sex Work and Harm Reduction: A Strategy for Empowerment"

 
    TBA: "Sex and the Unspoken in Male Street Prostitution"  
    Gigi Thomas: “Police Brutality”  
3:20-4:50pm Panel: Education and Research Salon D
  Moderator: Elizabeth Nanas  
  Presenters: Matthew Brittain: "Classification of Sex Crime Characteristics: How the Criminalization of Prostitution Results in More Damage Than it is Intended to Prevent"  
    Emily Luther: Anti-Discriminatory Praxis: Teaching Alexa Albert’s Brothel  
    Jill McCracken: "‘Prostitution’ / 'Sex Work’ / 'The Exchange of Sex for Money or Drugs’: Representations, and the Material Conditions of these Workers’ Lives"  
    Avaren Ipsen: "Contradicting Religious Arguments Against Prostitution"  
3:20-4:50pm Sex Workers' Rights Organizing Salon B
  Moderator: TBA  
  Presenters: Samantha Erskine: "Feminism and the Sex Workers Rights Movement"  
    Holly Pottle: "Sex Workers’ Rights Movement: Obstacles and Resiliency"  
    Danielle Brodnick: The Institution of Prostitution: A Woman's Choice  
    US PROStitutes Collective:  City-Level Organizing  
5-6pm

Coffee available.

Salon B
5-6pm Open -forum for participants to reflect on the day's events: vent, praise, make suggestions, requests, etc. Salon B
     
7pm-?

Optional Evening Activities:

 
7:30-10pm

CSC Presents "Sex Secrets of Escorts" 
Hands-on Skills workshop with Carol Queen and Veronica Monet ($) (P)

Salon B
     

Tuesday 7-11-06  Where do we want to be?

Participants come together in regional and issue-based affinity groups to discuss how current prostitution policies impact our lives as individuals and communities within contexts of criminalization, social prejudices, and discriminations. We will identify what changes in policy we wish to see and develop action plans to fight for those changes.
9-10:30am Breakfast Salon B
9:50-10am Good Morning and Announcements Salon B
10-10:30am Panel: Diversity Within Our Movement
We begin the day with a discussion of how we can support diverse participation and representation as we work towards our goals
Salon B
All Day Self-Organizing Day: Our issues and strategies  
 

On this day sex workers, educators and other allies collectively set the agenda within regional and issue based groups. Participants  develop strategies for combating the problems that affect them directly. We attend issue based sessions on topics developed by our regional group, or suggested topics such as  the ones below and others suggested by attendees (these will be up to your group to decide upon- the following are only  suggestions):

Grassroots Action, Sex work Studies in Academia, Skills for Working in the Sex Industry, Sexual Health: Prevention Education, State-wide Action, Clients Rights and Responsibilities, US Policy, Diversity Activism, Labor Migration/Trafficking, Immigrant Rights and New Immigrants, Transgender Issues, Youth Issues, Class Issues, Race/ Ethnicity Issues, Union Organising, Drug Use- Criminalization and Stigma, Community Organizing and Education, Violence, US Policies, Media Strategies, etc.

10:45-12pm Regional Organizing: Attendees divide into regional groups to develop priorities and recommend issue groups for the afternoon session.  
  1 Regional group Salon B
  1 Regional group Salon C
  1 Regional group Salon D
12-1:30pm Spokes Council and lunch Salon B
  Report back from regional meetings
Each regional group will designate a spokesperson to address the entire conference.
 
1:30-3pm Issues in Sex Worker Rights: During the second session we will attend our chosen issue-based workshops to develop recommendations. Attendees can facilitate sessions of their choice (see above for issue  suggestions).  
  1 Issue-based  group Salon B
  1 Issue-based  group Salon C
  1 Issue-based  group Salon D
  1 Issue-based group TBA
3pm Coffee available Salon B
3:15-4:45pm Second Session: Issue-based  groups    
  1 Issue-based  group Salon B
  1 Issue-based  group Salon C
  1 Issue-based  group Salon D
  1 Issue-based  group TBA 
5-6pm Coffee and snacks available Salon B
  Spokes Council from afternoon meetings   
  Report-back from issue meetings: Each issue-based group will designate a spokesperson to summarize their sessions to the entire conference.  
7pm-? Optional evening activities:  
7-9pm Optional Cocktail social ($) TBA
7:30-10pm Tantra Quest Presents "The Holy Harlot: Tools of Tantra" ($*) (P) TBA

Wednesday 7-12-06  How are we going to get there?

On this day of practical workshops participants develop and share skills for effective action, including journalism and media work, grassroots organizing, peer-based outreach, organizational lobbying, labor organizing, organizing on the web, organizing within marginalized groups, fundraising and more!
9:00am Breakfast Salon B
9:50-10am Good Morning and Announcements Salon B
10-11:30am

Panel: Legal and Policy Advocacy Strategies

Salon B
Moderator: TBA
Presenters: Sex Workers Project, NY, NY: 
Sapna Patel
, Esq., Staff Attorney,
Kristen Freeland, Outreach Coordinator,
Jennifer Ramirez, Outreach Worker
 
11:45am-
12:45pm
Workshops Gennifer M. Hirano: "Resisting Victim Labels" Salon D
    Robyn Few and SWOP-AZ members: "Building a local network" Salon B
    Lam Yee Lin (Ziteng): "Lobbying and Public Education Work" Salon C
    Matthew Brittain: "Sexual Surrogacy" Salon G
12:45-1:45pm Lunchtime Discussion: Sex Work and The Academy: Challenging Assumption and Practice Salon B
 

Moderator:

Elizabeth Nanas  
  Panelists: Priscilla Alexander: COYOTE, North American Task Force on Prostitution  
    Carol Leigh: Director, BAYSWAN  
    Barb Brents, PhD: Professor, Dept. Sociology, UNLV  
    Kate Hausebeck, PhD: Professor, Dept. Sociology, UNLV  
    Susan Lopez-Embury, MSc: Desiree Alliance, SWOP-LV  
2pm-3pm Workshops: Veronica Monet: "Sex Workers in the Media: Getting our Message Out" Salon B
    Chris Heinisch: "Websites for Workers: How to build your own Website" SWOP 
suite (L)
    Stacey S.: "Organizational Outreach: Building Alliances Outside of the Sex Worker's Rights Movement"
Erika Smith, Darby Hickey, Momo Douglas: "Dancers are Special"
Salon D
    Holly Richardson, Solobia Hutchins, Caty Simon- Arise for Social Justice; Natasha Sommers -Transgender Advocate; Jill Brenneman- STORM: "De-Criminalization of Our Lives: Working within Diverse Communities to Support Decriminalization" Salon C
       
3:15--4:15pm Workshops: Melissa Gira: "Working the Web: Sex Worker Organizing Online" SWOP
Suite (L)
     Rachel Wotton: "Touching Base: sex work and disabled clients" Salon C
    Darby Hickey: "Sex Worker Activism & Transgender Rights- Critical Connections" Salon D
    Momo Douglas and Penelope Saunders, Best Practices: "Get funding for sex worker rights work (yes, get money!)" Salon B
4:15pm Coffee and snacks available Salon B
4:30-6pm Workshops: Spread Magazine: "Journalism for Sex Workers" Salon C
    HIPS: "Peer Based Outreach with Street Based Sex Workers"  Salon D
    Maxine Doogan: Labor Organizing for Erotic Laborers  Salon B
    Erika Smith, Different Avenues: "Online Outreach to sex Workers" SWOP
Suite (L)
6pm Coffee available Salon B
6:15-7pm Open Mic discussion, wrap-up, etc Salon B
7-7:15pm Goodbye from organizers, relevant announcements, etc. Salon B
     
8pm-? Optional Evening Activities:  
8pm-12ampm Dinner Party by Pool ($) TBA (L)
     
11pm-? After Party: FUNKALISCIOUS!  ($*) (P) Gipsy (L)
  Hosted by: $pread Magazine, Ladyfest LV, the Sin City Chamber of Commerce, and SWOP-USA  
  Performances by
  • Juba Kalamka of Deep Dickollective!
  • Scarlot Harlot, "The Unrepentant Whore!"
  • Miss Indigo Blue-Temptress, Tease, and Tassel Twirler Extraordinaire!
  • Lipstick Conspiracy!
 
  Spin Mistress: DJ Bent!  
 

Key:

 

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Location provided in program
 

($)

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Nominal fee
 

($*)

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Free for conference attendees, fee for public  
 

 

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Food and/or Beverages Available  

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Public welcome

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Desiree Alliance is a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social scientists, professional sex educators and their supporting networks. We seek to encourage a better understanding of human sexuality by promoting ethical and unbiased research into sexual subcultures; to promote saner and more sensible approaches to policies relating to adult sexual health and behavior. We use this information to educate and empower the public to have healthy and rational attitudes about sexuality.

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

 


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