Conference Speakers 2008
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11:00am to 2:30pm (with
"Contrary to Popular Belief: developing open communication and
collaboration in order to combat oppression in social justice work"
An Anti-Oppression Training facilitated by Michaela Purdue (aka
For the past 13 years Michaela Purdue has led classes
and workshops on eliminating racism, developing peer-counseling
skills among youth and adults, and building a network of allies for
both constituencies. Through the project United to End Racism (UER)
she was a delegate to the national White Privilege Conference for
three consecutive years, and led the UER delegation to this
conference in 2006. Also through UER she was a delegate to the
United Nation's World Conference against Racism, held in Durban,
South Africa in August 2001 and has since participated on several
delegations to various countries in Africa, training community
members in peer counseling and leadership development. Currently she
is an executive board member for Beyondmedia Education, a media arts
and advocacy organization that collaborates with under-served and
under-represented women, youth and communities to organize for
social justice through the creation and distribution of alternative
media and arts. Michaela received her Bachelor of Science Degree in
Psychological Services and Human Development and a Certificate in
Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University in
In our fight to achieve social justice, we activists often
lose sight of the inter-connectivity of the various systems of
oppression we fight against. Largely this is due to the fact that we
live in a culture that impedes upon our ability to deconstruct the
effects of oppression on individuals and groups. Furthermore, social
justice activists rarely have enough space to explore the ways in
which the very oppression and social injustice we combat impacts our
relationships with other social activists and our collective work.
This anti-oppression training will provide an opportunity for
participants to explore various systems of oppression, the ways that
these systems impact us as individuals and groups, and the ways
these systems work together to keep individuals and groups divided.
Utilizing paired listening exercises, group dialogue and
constituent-based, small group discussions, and with a particular
focus on race, gender, sexual orientation and class, participants
will develop a shared analysis of systems of oppression that will
inform the strategies they develop to combat social injustice – in
the world and in the context of their group dynamics.
2:40pm to 3:20pm
"Safety for Sex Workers Through Personal Privacy – Legal and Relatively
Simple Ways of Working and Living Out of Harm’s Way"
is a former stripper and independent escort who retired to begin
writing a series of reference books for Internet escorts. She's
returned to escort work and is still working on the book series.
She's a board member of Desiree Alliance and SWOP-East, as well as a
moderator at Bound, not Gagged and a news editor at $pread
This is a straightforward on using legal techniques of
misdirection and misinformation to keep you safe at work. The
concepts of an alternate name, an alternate mailing address,
untraceable cell phone, credit card and even business bank account
is essential for sex workers with more complex business needs. The
second part of the presentation covers recent developments and basic
techniques for safeguarding your rights online, including issues of
free speech, privacy, and what will subject you to a particular
state or county's jurisdiction. None of these methods will hide you
from the IRS or the government, but they are enough to keep
predators at arms length, which is something most sex workers want.
3:35pm to 4:50pm
"Transgender Intra-Community Relations"
has been active in the sex workers community in the DC area for
about 8 years. She has worked with HIPS, Different Avenues, and
SMAYL in the DC area as well as the LGBT coalition, dealing law
reform around transgender issues. Her activism and work focuses on
organizing to address the violence and discrimination that sex
workers face, that she has also faced. Her skills include self
defense and self-protection which she works to share with the
community. She deeply enjoys giving back her life experience as a
transgender woman who has also been a sex worker and sharing those
experiences with other sex workers in the community.
is a 44 year old African American Transgender female that resides in
Chicago. For 27 years, Joy has been a survivor of HIV/AIDS. She is
an HIV/AIDS activist and advocate in her community and nationally.
Joy is a liaison from the Chicagoland transgender community where
she has been advocating for the transgender community for the past
four years. In her current position as the Outreach Consultant for
the Street Outreach Unit at Men & Women in Prison Ministries, Inc.,
she specializes in ex-offender re-entry into society. Joy is an
active member of the NorthSide HIV/Health Coalition (NSHHC), AIDS
Research Alliance of Chicago (ARAC), and the Black Gay Men's Caucus.
She also sits on the Community Advisory Board at Haymarket and the
Needs Assessment Committee for the Chicago Area HIV Planning Council
Title One. Joy is a dynamic group facilitator for various agencies
in the Chicagoland area.
is a proud transgender activist, who has faced many challenges and
brings her understanding of self-preservation to a wide range of
activism for her community. She has worked with many Chicago groups
including the HIV Prevention Planning Group and Chicago Area Ryan
White Services Planning Council and as Program Director for the
Minority Outreach Intervention Project (MOIP). Lois now directs
TWISTA, a health education group for young transgender women of
color, which meets to talk about transgender culture & history,
dating and health. She is currently Transgender Program Manager for
Howard Brown Health Center. She was also appointed Secretary of the
Windy City Black Pride committee (Chicago's black LGBT pride
organization), making her the first Transperson to hold office on a
black LGBT pride committee anywhere in the country. A profile of
Lois is featured in this month's Positively Aware, titled
“Lois Bates, the Essence of Strength Courage and Wisdom.” (positivelyaware.com)
A discussion and "fishbowl" led by Sharmus
Outlaw, exploring issues and improving relations around
insecurities, competition and horizontal hostilities. The group will
brainstorm about ways to address the issues, including strategies
for individuals and organizations to develop better communication
skills and increase support.
3:35pm to 4:50pm
"Sex Work, Soccer, and Solidarity: Community Building and Empowerment in
is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of MuJER- Mujeres por la
Justicia, Educación y el Reconocimiento- in Guatemala. She is
responsible for devloping educational programs geared towards
empowering sex workers and promoting women's rights in Guatemala
City's red light district. Moraga represents MuJER and Guatemalan
sex workers in national and international networks such as La Red de
la No Violencia Contra las Mujeres and La Red Feminista
Centroamericana Contra la Violencia Hacia la Mujer. She is
responsible for networking with NGOs working in the fields of
women's rights, sex work, and violence against women. In 2007, she
organized The Guatemalan Femicide Conference: Shed the Veil of
Indifference in Los Angeles, California where Guatemalan sex workers
were given the space to speak out against the violence in their
community. Moraga has also worked as a volunteer HIV/AIDS and STD
educator for Proyecto La Sala- Asociación de Salud Integral, in
Las Estrellas de La Linea documentary follows a group of sex
workers in Guatemala's famous red light district, La Linea. In
forming a soccer team, the group set out to bring awareness to the
violence and police harassment affecting their community. MuJER, an
education focused NGO, was later established in response to the
women's intial path to empowerment. This presentation will discuss
the aftermath of the film, explore the context of sex work in
Guatemala, and MuJER's unique approach to empower one of the most
marginalized communities in Guatemala City.
3:35pm to 4:50pm
Ciara of Buffalo
is the owner and founder of
is a national alert list - of Dangerous men, including cops-
rapist-abusers- thieves and so on. They have over 2200 members
online . They started in 2005 as YahooGroup and were deleted by TER.
They pieced themselves back together shortly after to bring the
www.dangerzone411.com . Ciara of Buffalo has been in the
industry for 11 years and still an active working escort. She
travels all over the country and has never had a run in with law
enforcement, not even close.
Dangerzone411 feels it is important for all sex workers to
know that no matter what arena of the industry you are in -
Dangerzone411 keeps ALL SAFE ! They will be speaking about Safety
and Screening, and have many members representing what Dangerzone
can do, and what it has done for them.
5:10pm to 6:30pm
"CHALLENGING DISCRIMINATION AMONG SEX WORKERS: Reconstructing "Sex
Beth Death is "a fuckin whore". She has been an x rated dominatrix for
almost 6 years now. It is her sole source of income. She works
independently, but previously worked at just about every house
dungeon in Chicago. She has been arrested because of working. Also,
she did a lot of academic work around sex work theory, and advocated
for sex workers rights in a women and gender studies department,
which was against having them, or even discussing them. She works
closely with SWOP-CHICAGO, Desiree Alliance, and End the Prison
of SWOP-CHICAGO has been a sex worker for almost ten years, starting
in her early twenties. She has worked as a pro domme, escort,
masseuse, madam, and behind the camera doing production, sound,
casting, and camera work in the adult film industry. Currently she
is an active member of SWOP-Chicago and the Desiree Alliance. She
also maintains a blog (sexpros.net)
about her experiences in the sex industry and runs the sex worker
made media site
Dave Wold of SWOP-CHICAGO has been involved in the adult film
industry for about 5 years. After earning a law degree from DePaul
University in Chicago, he first started in adult by managing a
family of websites under the
xpix.com brand. From there, he became a performer. He has
worked as a performer for Huster/VCA, Rebel Motion Pictures, Libido
Films, and numerous upstarts and websites. He currently is
developing an adult site with his girlfriend and partner, Morgana
www.MorganaMoon.com. He has also been a contributor to Xbiz, an
adult industry periodical.
An escort, a
pornstar, and a fuckin' whore… While the three presenters on this
panel each have uniquely individual experiences as sex-workers, they
all share common challenges that face sex-workers worldwide. The
panel's goal is to offer their diverse experiences to facilitate a
communal discussion with all present addressing some of the greater
questions that face each sex-worker and develop strategies and
solutions towards facing the challenges that those greater questions
present. While some questions only raise new ones, this inclusive
dialogue will hopefully shed light on the commonalities of our
community and give hope towards a collective effort towards
answers. Some questions to be directly raised may include:
Who is a
sex-worker? And how do we feel about one another?
What are the
oppressions and privileges that come with being a sex-worker?
societal factors, e.g., race, gender, sexuality, class,
environment, affect your life as a sex-worker?
absent from the sex-worker movement?
With whom do
potential alliances exist?
5:10pm to 6:30pm
“WE, ASIAN SEX WORKERS” panel and action planning workshop
is a performance artist | activist | educator | whore
revolutionary. She sings and rhymes her experiences and reality
over beats, produces and edits documentary videos, and educates the
community across the U.S and internationally on issues related to
sex worker rights. She is also an accomplished visual artist, most
recently participating in a groundbreaking show on sex workers of
Asian descent in San Francisco, entitled “We, Asian Sex Workers.”
Her work attempts to integrate sex work, performance art and
outright protest of the criminalization of prostitution through her
gallery installations and the participation of the art buyer. Ms.
Passion has 10 years of experience in sex work. She has worked as a
stripclub stripper, private dancer, agency escort, independent
escort, Mistress/Dominant, and sensual masseuse.
She is currently a sex worker in Los Angeles under a
different name and running the LA chapter of Sex Workers Outreach
Project Los Angeles (SWOP-LA).
Mariko’s interest in sex workers of Asian descent was indeed
the “research gateway” to her first stripping job. A touring
project such as the “Sex Workers Art Show” for sex workers of Asian
descent seems to be one very effective in creating a rights based
legacy for people in different parts of the U.S and also a radical
intersection of the strongest sex worker rights voices. The second
hour is basically the beginning on an online working group committed
to building a continuing legacy and community education campaign
through arts and writing.
She will also be co-presenting with Surgeon Scofflaw, Mina
Zhi and more to be determined.
An opportunity to
network and plan future exhibitions and the anthology project, start
a google group mailing list, make a list of commitments,
fundraising/grantwriting, and create a timeline…all things leading
to the continuation of the the exhibition and upcoming anthology.
12:00pm to 1:00pm
"Capitalism Critical Sexworkers? What the BLEEP?" "National Sex Worker
Leadership Institute: A new capacity building model"
Conrad H. was first exposed to sex work at 16 as a runaway. He did not start
doing sex work until 3 years later when he started gogo dancing in
gay clubs. Over the next 3 years, Conrad worked as a male model,
actor, stripper and ultimately an escort. One of his first clients
became his sugar daddy, which gave him a significant amount of money
and helped him to learn and grow over the next 10 years. He has
been a closeted sex worker within the activist community in New York
City for the past three years, founding a free bike workshop and
doing freegan media activism. Recently, Conrad came out to fellow
activists as a sex worker. Soon after he was part of the beginning
of SWANK, and has been active in most of its activities ever since.
Since then he has come out publicly to non-sex worker friends and
Ivy Fields identifies as a radical sex worker,
feminist, anarchist, queer femme. Originally from Philadelphia, she
studied ballet and Sociology before becoming a “professional queer”,
working to end bias violence, intimate partner abuse and sexual
violence. Today she lives in Brooklyn with her partner of 11 years
and 2 pugs. When she’s not performing burlesque or working as a pro
domme, she works with queer young people, helping them become
organizers and to question authority in all forms, and is an
activist involved with the New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists,
SWANK, the Signals Collective, street medics and radical
A critique of
capitalism from a sex worker's perspective. We seek to create a
pro-active workshop and caucus space for anyone interested in
critically discussing capitalism, alternatives to the capitalist
system and tools they can take home and apply to their own lives.
This workshop will include different perspectives from individuals
who identify as sex workers and who have incorporated a critique of
capitalism into their lives and work.
"National Sex Worker Leadership Institute: A new capacity building model"
Penelope Saunders was a key organizer on the National Sex Worker Leadership
Institute. She has run several sex worker organizations including
SIN in Australia, HIPS in Washington DC and Different Avenues in
Washington DC. She is a Desiree Alliance Board member and founder of
the Best Practices Policy Project.
The National Sex
Worker Leadership Institute (NSWL Institute) is a unique effort
designed to build capacity within marginalized communities to fight
for social justice, advocate for access to services, and to defend
harm reduction approaches in the US. The first NSWL Institute was
held in DC in October of 2007. This program was developed via a
year-long process in response to suggestions from sex worker
organizations post the 2006 Desiree Alliance National Conference.
The program intended to build advocacy capacity in 25 people,
priority given to individuals of diverse backgrounds with relevant
sex work experience. Analysis of evaluation data collected
illustrates the high level of success achieved in the applicant
review process and the feasibility of meshing training for harm
reductionists and rights advocates. The presenters will describe
methodology, specificities to evaluation with sex workers, data from
interviews and survey instruments.
1:20pm to 2:35pm
"Adult Entertainer's Guide to Disabled Customers - 2008 Edition"
My name is
William Takahashi. I am a college graduate with a background in
graphic arts and social work. I am disabled. My disability is
Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability caused by a
permanent brain injury that occurs before, during, or shortly after
birth. The effect of Cerebral Palsy, or CP, is characterized by lack
of muscle control and body movement. I use a Hot powered wheelchair
to get around. I decided to enter the adult design world three years
ago because I saw a real need for education, understanding, and
integration of the disabled into the adult industry. It’s
unfortunate that sex and disability are more often seen as a medical
or academic research topic, but not seen as erotic or hot. I enjoy
creating erotic art, and developing my skills as an adult web
designer. I also enjoy being in front of a camera. I have worked
with two photographers, one female and one male, which involved
adult wheelchair art content.
My name is Leilah. I am currently attending Columbia
College, and majoring in Advertising Art Direction. I have always
been intrigued by “erotic art,” and have a huge passion for creating
design and art that represents women in a strong visual way. I feel
unfortunately that the Adult World is very limited to what it could
be capable of. Women are shown posing in a male hyper real fantasy
world, I feel that to advertise the girl as a product is a common
mistake; women are beautiful and sexy, even with their clothes on. I
hope that in the future the Adult Industry will put equal emphasis
on the beauty of the natural male form, instead of having them as
just a prop. I currently work with William as a Personal Assistant,
and as his graphic designer. One of my dreams is to help open the
sexual gateway of the future. I want the Industry to be a place
where sexuality can be openly discussed, and understood, instead of
something dirty or shameful. The Adult Industry should be a place
where disabled and abled body people, women and men, can find a
pleasurable safe outlet for their natural desires.
A large number of
disabled people have never experienced sex in their life. This lack
of physical contact produces emotional pain and suffering. The
disabled have the same desires and needs as everyone else. Erotic
Dancers, Escorts, and other Adult Industry Professionals can provide
an alternative that can dramatically improve the lives of the
Our presentation is intended to be a guide to help Adult
Industry Professionals interact with people with disabilities in the
best possible way. I will begin with a brief discussion about how
people with disabilities should be viewed by the Adult Industry. I
will then provide correct terminology and etiquette, which may be
utilized with people who have different disabilities. Our
presentation then covers: The Art of Lap Dancing for disabled
customers, first contact between escorts and disabled customers, and
a section on correct sexual etiquette between escorts and disabled
customers. The presentation concludes with a short discussion of my
personal attempts to interview other disabled people regarding their
experiences with escorts.
1:20pm to 2:35pm
"How to Be an Adult Ally to Youth who trade Sex for Money, Gifts &
Shira Hassan has been working with youth involved in the sex trade for
over ten years. She has worked extensively with boys, girls and
transgender youth and has been engaged in the harm reduction
community since she was 18 years old in New York City and Chicago.
As the Co Director of YWEP, Shira has worked with youth involved in
trafficking, sex work & and survival sex and has trained all over
the country on safety, legal rights, trauma, healing and injection
drug use to youth and adults alike. Shira is also active in the
women of color community working towards an end to violence against
girls women and transgender people.
Laura J Mintz has been a national leader in the
conversation about youth and the sex trade since 1998. As a co
founder of Young Women's Empowerment Project, Laura has traveled all
over the country to represent girls and young women's thoughts about
sex work and the sex trade. Laura has been doing HIV prevention,
harm reduction and community empowerment work with incarcerated
youth and adults focusing on legal rights, health and violence.
Cynthia Ibarra is a Queer Xicanista activist armed
with the social justice knowledge gained in the Latina community of
Chicago. First in her family to graduate college, she holds a B.A.
in Latin American and Latina Studies from the University of Illinois
at Chicago. She's been active in the struggle by and for womyn of
color reproductive and sexual health rights, freedoms, and justice.
After working in Guadalajara, Mexico with a progressive Children's
rights NGO doing outreach and popular education with street youth,
she returned to Chicago and has been with YWEP for three years.
This training will provide a foundation for ethical work with
young people. It will be led for and by people with life experience
in the street economy & trading sex for money. Interactive
activities will be used to help participants work through difficult
issues that come up when engaged in a community with young people.
Presenters will discuss their decade long experience and lessons
learned from successes and misses when struggling to support young
people involved in all parts of the sex trade and street economy.
1:20pm to 2:35pm
"Sex worker rights and direct services in urban communities of Los
SEX WORKERS OUTREACH
PROJECT LOS ANGELES
(SWOP-LA) is the Southern California branch of SEX WORKERS OUTREACH
PROJECT-USA (SWOP-USA), a national social justice network dedicated
to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their
communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through
education and advocacy. SWOP-LA began as SWOP-UCLA during the
graduate school career of founder and director Mariko Passion on the
University of California, Los Angeles campus from 2004-2006. After
graduating with a degree in social justice education, Ms. Passion
officially formed SWOP-LA in December of 2006 which was aimed at
expanding beyond the privileged community of the University and
working with the social and economically diverse population of urban
Los Angeles. The group has grown to include fiscal sponsorship from
Women Alive, a 501c3 non profit HIV/AIDS prevention organization
that has served women of color communities for over 20 years in LA.
It has also grown to include 6 core members that meet on a weekly
basis and an ever growing mailing list of sex workers, social
service providers in the domestic violence, HIV/AIDS prevention
community and many others in LA and beyond.
• PANEL and powerpoint PRESENTATION of all members present
• PPT on specific topics (which ones—what we have done to
date with the org…)
1. WORKING IN AND SPEAKING OF LA
talk about the overall population of LA, the conservative
majority (Black, Latin churches and Orthodox Jewish population), the
Hollywood paradox (Fergalicious but not promiscuous, Porn Star not
2. SOCIALLY JUST LEADERSHIP:
a. SEX WORKER LED:
3/6 core members have current or previous sex work experience
b. PEOPLE OF COLOR
c. LGBT focus
(plans to really integrate our mission into the big power agencies
of the LGBTQ communities in LA (trying to reach trans and bisexual
d. MALE SEX WORKER
INCLUSIVE (insert examples of our work here)
f. PLANS TO
EMPHASIZE JOINING THE SW MOVEMENT as a potential transitional career
g. non identifying
as anything (working, exchanging, gay, MSM)
2. HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, RISK ASSESMENT, FOCUS GROUPS,
INTERVENTION, TESTING! (by July 2008, we will have just started to
do regular Basic Testing in the City van, 5/6 core members will be
state certified to do Basic testing in CA)
3. PROSTITUTION TASK FORCE PILOT (working with the
DIVERSION programs, the system, the girls on the track in the hood,
District Attorney's office, prosecutors, church redemption,)
4. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNCIL/DV LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
COMMITTEE (what is the DV connection to sex work? How have we
contributed to the public policies, conversations and DV client
service providers in LA county?)
6. MEDIA JUSTICE
7. GRANT WRITING
8. OUTREACH (needs/risk assessment surveys, cold calling,
9. MEASUREMENT OF SUCCESS/OUTCOMES IN PROGRESS
"Don't Let This Happen To You: Screening Do's and Dont's"
SEX WORKER FROM
NORFOLK, VA: "Having been raised Orthodox Jew, I didnt have any
'real' insight into any sort of sexual activity aside from my
"obligation to my husband" I was introduced to the "community" at
age 43. I have been a Sex Worker for 4 years. I entered this
lifestyle with a purpose..to be able to escape a violent 18+ year
relationship, and take my young child and RUN. Mission accomplished.
I am single, independent and sole support of a teenager now. I have
seen a lot in the past 4 years, and Learned even more. I have a lot
to share with fellow sex workers."
I am interested in sharing my experiences, views, knowledge
and ideas on screening and safety. Having been viciously assaulted
in 2006, I was traumatized, but managed to take a bad experience and
learn from it and share my experiences and ideas with others. I have
numerous resources I use in screening potential clients and look
forward to sharing with others and informing those who need
assistance in this area. I am interested in sharing my views on
sharing our resouces and keeping each other safe.
"Bad Date Line: How to Start, Run + Maintain a Damn Good Project"
sex worked 'round the U.S. from 1993-2005, making Portland/Oregon
her home base. Ms. Dulce was co-founding director for Danzine, a
grassroots non-profit organization created by/for sex workers with
the goal to share information + resources so to make more informed
decisions, personally and professionally. Teresa has been a harm
reductionist since '95 and is now a consultant for syringe exchange
programs and projects surrounding access to healthcare for sex
workers, working plenty through the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC).
This summer she's getting her Masters in Public Health!
A bad date is an abusive, violent customer in the sex
industry or trade. The Bad Date Line collects reports of bad dates
from sex workers and then circulates their descriptions so other
working girls, rent boys, dancers, lingerie models, escorts and pros
could avoid a potentially harmful situation. Sex workers may not
file a police report for rape or assault but we will use a bad date
sheet to get the word out so someone else in the life won't get
This project is a great way to collaborate with other
agencies or health department types in your city, HOWEVA, a bad date
line really should be operated by sex workers. Come on down and see
how to use this TOOL.
"Sex Workers Against Rape"
is a national speaker, activist and outreach educator. She draws
from her own diverse experiences in the sex industry as the basis
for her speeches. Having a unique series of experiences that at
different times in her life made her an unwilling participant as a
submissive escort for an escort service catering to BDSM clients,
yet at a later time in her life she was a sex worker by choice, both
escort and exotic dancer. Jill, can speak from first person
perspective about the differences between her non consensual
participation in the sex industry as a submissive and her experience
later as an adult sex worker making a consenting and open choice to
do sex work. The two very separate experiences in her life give an
audience a nuanced sense that the sex industry/sex work is
complicated, not black and white. Jill also brings a first person
perspective as to the harm of criminalization in both of her
differing experiences. Jill is an outspoken advocate of sex worker
human rights and is a harm reduction trained Minnesota certified
sexual assault crisis counselor. Jill's 2003 ideological
repositioning from anti prostitution activist to sex worker rights
advocate has made her a controversial figure within the sex industry
social justice movements. Her strong opposition to the Trafficking
Victims Protection Re-authorization Act 2003 and subsequent Anti
Prostitution Oath of 2005 has been the subject of strong responses
both positive and negative from activists and media personalities.
This presentation will draw upon the personal experiences of
Jill Brenneman as both a victim/survivor of sexual violence, assault
and coercion within the sex industry during non consensual
participation in the sex industry contrasted by later willing
participation as an escort and exotic dancer to use as a frame work
to illustrate the needs for sex worker human rights to both bring
social awareness and foster social justice for sex workers having
faced issues of violence, discrimination, stigmatization and other
forms of oppression against sex workers. Presentation will
demonstrate how a sex worker rights perspective is the most
pragmatic and realistic solution to these social issues. Her
presentation opens a forum where sex workers are free if they so
choose to reveal violence suffered within the sex industry while
working toward a social change construct that empowers the sex
worker to find strength, healing, closure and growth from these
experiences as they self define them rather than being victims to be
rescued by outside providers, subjects for study by researchers or
other forms of third party based “recovery” programs.
"Self marketing and self branding - How to run a profitable and (more
safe) sex worker business."
This presentation will be presented by Miss Jasmine of
SWOP Chicago. Her current business interest include being an active
sexworker and sole proprietorship of the independent provider
http://missjasminets.com. She is currently active in fighting
for sex workers rights directly with
SWOP-Chicago.org. Her program will draw upon her success in
applying 10+ years of experience as the National Director of
Marketing for a large global manufacturer and as well VP of sales
for another globally distributed manufacturer, into a very
successful independent escort service.
International escort, Rachel Smithe of Swedish Harmony
International has only been in the industry for 18 months, but she
has become one of the highest reviewed and most sought after TS
providers. She has maintained a strong clientele following by
bringing the very same level of service to her sessions as she does
with her daily dealings with her affluent clients at her thriving
day spa here in the US. Rachel has come from 25 years of high end
cosmetic and fragrance retail experience. She hopes to bring to this
program the importance of cross marketing and networking in order to
build a more secure future in all aspect of the sex worker's life.
Workshop Objective: Objective of this workshop is to identify
how to market yourself and operate a profitable independent sex
worker business. This workshop will teach the following; Creating a
sex worker business plan, How to market yourself - "Brand
awareness," Identify and attract safer, more generous clients
(minimize LE and bad date risks), Understanding your strengths,
needs, weaknesses and limits. Determining the needs of potential
future clientele, How to identify strong markets as it relates to
"Sex Worker-Made Media"
Hosted by $pread Magazine
Part 1: Panel
Sarah Jenny, New Media Director of $pread Magazine and organizer
with SWANK, SWOP-NYC, and Desiree Alliance
former Executive Editor of $pread Magazine, Gigi Thomas, HIPS, PJ
Starr, HIPS, Ruthie, organizer with SWOP-NYC, Rachel Aimee,
Editor-in-Chief of $pread Magazine, Theresa Anne, Advertising
Director of $pread Magazine, Damien D'Luxe, Art Director of $pread
Magazine, Judy Dunaway, founder of SWIRL
Part 2: Break-Out
Media Making Sessions (90 minutes)
Sex Workers Make
Description: With the popularity of user-generated content
websites like YouTube and many others, video is increasingly
becoming an accessible media tool. Cameras are getting cheaper and
more user-friendly, many people are participating in online social
networks using video to get the message out. This workshop will
focus on the mechanics of making videos and will open up
conversation about why sex workers should make and distribute their
own videos - and why they shouldn't. Topics covered will include
technical issues like selecting a camera, basic shooting, lighting,
sound, editing, and scripting. We will also discuss the ins and outs
of online video distribution and planning screenings.
produces a video show and edits the blog NakedCity.com for the
Village Voice and is on the board of Sex Work Awareness, for which
she edits SexWork101.com.
is an activist, film maker and sex worker rights advocate. Her films
have appeared at Reel Affirmations in Washington DC and at the SF
the client advocate at HIPS and is collaborating with PJ Starr on a
video and book project.
Ruthie is a Brooklyn-based artist and activist who has advocated for labor and
human rights, as well as for better public health policies
domestically and abroad, especially as related to gender and sexual
rights. She has worked advocating for sex worker rights in
New York and internationally,
including making a documentary about her experiences in
Getting Your Voice Out There!: Audio Recording & Sound Art for CD and Web
works with $pread Magazine as Art Director, has toured the US and
Canada as a multimedia performance poet, and works currently in NYC
as an independent, outcall fetish worker.
This workshop / art project will teach participants how to
record and manage audio files for CD and Web use by making a group
track. The purpose is to skill-share with our peers on how to get
our creative voices *literally* heard.
the Powers That Be: Street Work and Survival Sex in Chicago and
This panel and discussion will be presented by former and
current workers/outreach workers from Chicago (and other US
locations) who have had experiences on the streets, who who may have
been incarcerated or encountered police abuse, etc. This panel
encourages audience participation with others with similar
experiences. We will discuss work, rights, police, health, racism,
transphobia, whore-phobia, class prejudices (and other
discriminations) harm reduction, domestic violence, parental rights,
programs as alternatives to incarceration, using drugs, outreach and
what activists need to hear, learn and teach about these
is a new activist,
eager to share her experiences about working on the streets as a
transwoman in Chicago. Through her life and work she has developed
a deep understanding of human nature and has accumulated stories and
insights. She aims to educate attendees about the recent situation
on the streets for her community.
(CLAIM-Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) developed
her activism through Visible Voices, a women's peer support group
working for personal and systemic change. Her in public speaking
skills have helped her educate many groups throughout the Chicago
area. Helen's area of expertise include police and prison abuse as
well as the impact of family violence. She dedicates her activist
skills to these and other issues. CLAIM provides legal advice and
representation so that mothers can prevent their incarceration from
causing the permanent destruction of their families. They offer
support groups, training, speakers programs, education in family law
and much more.
is a volunteer at
CLAIM and Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. She is a dedicated
speaker, motivated by her concern for others in her community who
suffer from police and prison abuse. She is concerned about many
issues, recently addressing such issues as discrimination against
those society defines as 'known prostitutes' and problems in homes
which increase risks and vulnerabilities for women. Helen has come
forward with a great deal of courage to advocate for her community
and was quoted recently in an newspaper article about police abuse
of street workers in Chicago.
is an activist and a part of many Chicago communities for many
years. He has worked in a number of ways, including on the streets
"Male Sex Workers: How to Organize, Support & Advocate for Ourselves in
S. C. (panel moderator/speaker), a former Boston go-go boy/escort,
began working in the field of harm reduction and HIV services
approximately 7 years ago. He ran PUMP (Peers Using More Prevention), an
outreach and support program for male sex workers, at Cambridge Cares
about AIDS in Cambridge, MA. He has facilitated workshops in Boston, NYC
& Salt Lake City on how to support male sex workers. S. moved to NYC in 2006 and soon began running the Training Institute at the Harm
Reduction Coalition. This year, S. began working as the Harm
Reduction Coordinator at FROST'D (Foundation for Research on Sexually
Transmitted Diseases, Inc.), a program started by and for sex workers
and IDUs. S. believes in changing the social service and healthcare
systems from within, specifically to break down stigma against
marginalized populations such as active drug users, people living with
HIV/AIDS, and sex workers.
John-Michael Collins (panel speaker) has been working in the
healthcare field for the last 14 years, starting with San Francisco's
AIDS Health Project, working with young males at risk for HIV infection.
He later moved to Seattle and started working with the King County
Department of Public Health, specifically with homeless youth on Capitol
Hill, where he helped to integrate harm reduction into their survival
skills. He returned to San Francisco to start working with The St. James
Infirmary, a clinic run by and for current/former sex workers, where he
is currently an outreach worker and harm reduction counselor.
John-Michael’s understanding of the sex worker community he works with
comes from his personal experience working the streets and doing private
outcalls to keep himself alive for several years in San Diego, CA and
Panelist #3 TBD
Panelist #4 TBD
Through the duration of the sex worker rights movement as
well as within the fields of public health, social services, and
specifically, harm reduction, male sex workers rarely find themselves
able to find other guys working and interested in organizing together.
We have grown to rely on our sisters and allies for support and
community, and sometimes feel the desire to seek out other
male-identified sex workers for empowerment and skills-sharing as
current/former workers. This workshop/panel discussion will look at how
male-identified sex workers and their allies can build stronger
alliances together, and how we can serve as peer educators within the
community to help take care of one another, and most importantly,
Allies in the sex workers rights movement
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION FACILITATED BY TARA AND TRENT OF SWOP
"Confessions from a Non-Experiential Ally"
is the current Executive Director of Stepping Stone in Halifax and
previously served on the Board of the Directors. She has worked with and
for sex workers for almost 5 years. She has testified to the House of
Commons Committee on Solicitation (Halifax and Ottawa) and provides
advocacy on sex workers rights throughout Nova Scotia. Stepping Stone is
a user directed non-profit organization that provides support to former
and current sex workers by contributing to their health, safety and well
Stepping Stone holds the philosophy that all individuals have
the right to self determination and that sex workers have the basic
right to health and safety regardless of their occupation. Stepping
Stone offers a range of supports and programs including street outreach,
crisis counseling, peer support, substance use workshops for harmfully
involved clients, recreational and education programs, advocacy, court
support, the provision of harm reduction materials, and in-house visits
of health practitioners and counselors. Stepping Stone has operated in
Halifax, Nova Scotia for almost 20 years and is the only organization of
its kind in the Atlantic Provinces. They work with women, men, and
transgender individuals currently or formerly involved in sex work. The
majority of their staff have sex work experience. Rene does not.
This presentation will highlight the challenges and lessons
learned of being an ally to sex workers when you have no direct former
or current experience as a sex worker. Issues to be covered include the
challenge of defining boundaries, breaking myths and stereotypes,
gaining acceptance from sex workers and the sex work community, and
maintaining acceptance from professional colleagues, friends and family
- especially those who do not necessarily agree with your views, or with
sex work. This presentation will also touch upon the regressive sex work
climate in Nova Scotia, personal stories from working with sex
workers…including some more humorous slip ups and trips to the
In closing this presentation will explore what place a
non-sex work ally has in the movement, and why their role should be that
of making space for sex workers – and not taking space from sex workers.
"Bridging Gaps, Students as Allies: Feminism in the Real World"
Constance S. Richards
I teach a course in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Ohio
Wesleyan University entitled "Feminism and the Sex-Work Industry." I
work from early feminist critiques of the sex-work industry to more
recent work by feminists who are or have been sex workers in various
arenas, in an attempt to get the students to critically engage with
feminist theory, questioning who makes it, for whom (what women), and
how we might apply the theory we learn in the classroom to life in the
real world. We read, for example, Wendy Chapkis's Live Sex Acts and the
anthology Whores and Other Feminists.
Their final project is a research paper for which they are
asked to explore what they think might be good “intervention”
strategies, ways to improve the working conditions of workers and to
work toward de-stimatizing this arena of (primarily) women’s labor. This
course is a real learning experience for most of us in the class,
forcing us to think beyond our academic world. I am proposing a panel
where a few of these students could present their work. The four
students who would like to present would cover:
1) Strategies for exotic dancers (from a student who is a
former dancer who began dancing at 18) like licensing with required pre-counseling,
including financial strategies, that will help the dancer be prepared to
leave the profession, as her earnings will tend to decline with age.
2) Working toward de-criminalization with support centers for
workers and shelters for those who need them as intermediate strategies.
3) Legalization and approaching sex-work as any other job
that requires professional training, education, in order to become
proficient in one’s field—strategies for making training available.
(Also from a student with personal experience).
4) Perspecitives from a student who spent time in Kenya with
commercial sex workers; she will discuss her experience and present the
support strategies that seemed most helpful in that setting.
"Examining the Ideologies Surrounding Criminalization and Incarceration:
Alternative Constructions and Policy Reform"
of SWOP-East, SWOP-USA, Desiree Alliance, University of South Florida
St. Petersburg "I have been a researcher and an activist in the field
of sex workers rights for over six years. I completed my dissertation,
an analysis of the language surrounding street sex work, in 2007 and now
teach and continue my research at the University of South Florida St.
Petersburg. I am also currently on the Board of Directors of both SWOP
East and SWOP USA."
My presentation addresses some of the impacts of
criminalization and incarceration on the sex worker community and
suggests alternatives that could be used to develop policy reform. I
examine the language surrounding street sex work in newspaper articles
and interviews with police officers, social service agents, neighborhood
leaders, activists, and street sex workers. Within this data, the
victim/choice status of the street worker is removed from its context
and framed as one of "taking personal responsibility for one's
situation" that requires "change" on an individual basis. These
underlying beliefs feed the current criminal and incarceration system
that ultimately impacts all sex workers—those who work both legally and
illegally. I examine these ideologies and offer alternative
constructions of the "problems" and "solutions" that impact not only
individual sex workers but these policies of criminalization and
Allies for Human Rights and Safety
"How sex workers are part of the solution to abuses within the sex
Presented by Sex Workers Project and Network of Sex Work Projects:
Melissa Ditmore is
a research consultant with the Sex Workers Project <http://www.sexworkersproject.org.>
She produced "Taking the Pledge,"
video about the ways US funding policy affects sex workers in other
countries. She edited the Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex
Work (Greenwood Press, 2006) and edits Research for Sex Work, the
journal of the Network of Sex Work Projects <http://www.nswp.org>.
Sienna Baskin is an Equal Justice Works Fellow with
the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Her fellowship
focuses on assisting victims of trafficking into the sex industry by
offering them legal remedies and organizing support. She is also
interested in discrimination against sex workers in all areas of the
law, and provides legal training on these issues. Prior to working at
the SWP, Sienna advocated for reproductive rights, prison reform, and
This three-part workshop explores the ways sex workers can
assist people who experience abuse, including trafficking, in sex work
situations. Information about the legal definition of trafficking and
the end results of government attempts to address trafficking –
particularly raids – on all sex workers will be followed by open
discussion on how sex worker activists can be allies of victims of abuse
The workshop will open with an outline of the problem of
trafficking in all work sectors, including sex work. We will address the
ways labor abuses and trafficking are fueled poverty and the
difficulties of migration. We will explain assistance provided under
current law to people who have been trafficked and the process of
applying for it, as well as the difficulty accessing these resources.
We will then present SWP’s study on the effects of law
enforcement “raids.” Many people who seek the services of SWP, from all
venues and backgrounds, have experienced raids by local police and
immigration officials. The purposes of these raids are declared to be
shutting down brothels and finding victims of trafficking. Our research
demonstrates that raids have failed to identify sufficient numbers of
trafficked persons to justify their use while sex work in fixed
locations carries on. Labor abuses continue in agriculture,
construction, domestic labor and indeed in sex work.
In our experience, sex workers who work alongside victims of
abuse are well-placed to assist people in dangerous and/or difficult
situations, including trafficking situations. Unfortunately, very few
projects see sex workers as partners in the fight against trafficking.
The final part of the workshop will be devoted to a brainstorming and
training session on how sex workers can assist abused sex workers
through outreach, identification, safety planning, as well as media and
"They are a Worse Danger: Policing Prostitution in Washington, DC"
Different Avenues & the Alliance for a Safe & Diverse DC:
Legal policies that criminalize prostitution as well as newer laws
criminalizing people “profiled as prostitutes” further marginalize
already disenfranchised groups including people who are low income,
transgender, lesbian, gay or bisexual people, people of color,
immigrants, homeless people and others. There has been little study of
how these communities and individuals are affected by law enforcement
In 2007 in Washington DC, a community based research team
took on these issues in a project looking at how sexual exchange
policing practices affect the communities that they target. Team members
were drawn from grassroots community groups working on issues of sex
work, HIV, harm reduction, and LGBT communities. The team surveyed over
100 people impacted by prostitution law enforcement in Washington DC
(equal numbers female, male and trans), and conducted qualitative
interviews. The project is in its final phase as the team collects
community feedback and publishes its report in March.
The team was able to collect an incredible amount of
information, much of it extremely relevant to work for rights and health
in DC and other locales. Survey respondents reported high levels of
negative interactions with police, including experiencing police seizing
their condoms and prevention supplies (7.7%), police demanding sexual
favors (17.3%) and being disregarded when reporting crimes to police
including assault, robbery and rape (over 50%).
Team members will utilize our findings as the basis for new
campaigns for social justice in DC, as well as sharing the information
with similar groups in other areas. The data can provide a solid basis
for policy change via community organizing in the coming years.
"The Trafficking Debates"
Carol Leigh (aka Scarlot
been a sex worker and activist since the late seventies. A poet and
performance artist, she coined the term "sex worker" in 1979. Leigh is
webmistress at Prostitutes Education Network:
http://www.bayswan.org/penet.html. Leigh volunteered at the HIV
Prevention Project (needle exchange) in the women's site food program
for several years. As a founding member of ACT UP, she organized a
campaign against mandatory HIV testing of prostitutes. She was lead
writer and organizer of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's Task
Force on Prostitution representing San Francisco's Commission on the
Status of Women. She is a founding member of SWOP, BAYSWAN and a long
time COYOTE member. Leigh currently directs and curates the San
Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival (sexworkerfest.com).
The "Scarlot Harlot Video Festival" podcast is available on iTunes.
Leigh recently received the Creative Work Fund Award for her video
documentation. Since the late seventies, Leigh has written and performed
political satire as "Scarlot Harlot," work based on her experience as a
prostitute and has toured internationally and in the US with the Sex
Worker Art Show Tour. She has produced work in a variety of genres on
women's issues including her video, Blind Eye To Justice: HIV+ Women
Incarcerated in California was narrated by Angela Davis. Leigh's book,
"Unrepentant Whore: The Collected Work of Scarlot Harlot" was published
by Last Gasp in 2003.
This presentation is an outline of the history of the
debates, reviewing trafficking discourse from the 19th and early 20th
centtury, examining the discourse that surrounded the writing of the UN
Protocol and the US TVPA, with emphasis on how current legal directions
reflect past discourse.
"Tantra: How it can uplift the plight and struggle of sex workers and
Krystan AlecSandra-Bray of Ormes Temple:
"I was certified in massage and holistic consulting since 1991. I
actually worked in that profession since 1980. I worked as an exotic
dancer in the early 70s, while in college. I explored working as an
escort in the year 2003. I immediately included my expertise in massage.
Gradually, I began to include my Tantric knowledge as well. I doing so,
I found my work took me to new levels of healing, starting with myself,
and extending to those I have been blessed to touch. I have been an
initiate of Kriya Yoga since the early 80s. This path expanded naturally
to include the Tantric Path by the mid 90s. I have found it to be an
ever expanding growth in self actualization and liberation from
suffering on many levels."
Our work has long been
recognized as the oldest profession in the world. However, it is rarely
recognized that in the early times sex workers were actually trained and
dispatched through the Temples and Spiritual Centers to the Royal
families to assist them in heightening the sexual experience, their
state of wellness on all levels and enhancing their strength, vitality
and longevity. The value of their work was considered so powerful that
it was held highly secretive and protected so as not to be made
available to the common masses. Women were stoned to death if caught
sharing this knowledge with the common population, outside of the royal
courts. To discourage the common masses from seeking out this powerful
teaching the women were associated with everything evil and vile, and
the people were threatened with hell fire and brimstone.The same type of
association goes on to this very day.
While sex workers offer a vehicle for stress relief, body,
heart and mind as well as for healing in areas of intimacy, we are still
struggling with defamation of the soul and spirit due to these archaic
categorizations and unfair legal practices. It is my objective to speak
upon Tantra, its history, its application in the sex profession, and how
it can effectively help ease these problems. Through the implementation
of Tantric Practices, philosophies and life style many stand to be
helped to rise above so many critical life issues.
"Sex Workers and Mainstream Media"
"Collective Dreaming: Tools and Inspiration for Progressive Messaging"
is a co-founder and organizer of SWANK (Sex Workers Action New York) and
SWOP-NYC. She is also on the Board of Desiree Alliance and a staff
member at $pread Magazine. She has been committed to sex worker
activism for the last half decade, having been a sex worker for now 6+
years. She has been an instrumental advocate in NYC including:
co-founding/organizing SWANK, SWOP-NYC; liaising with harm reduction
groups, PONY, etc; attendee of the 2007 National Sex Worker Leadership
Institute; elected to Board of Directors of Desiree Alliance for 2008;
taught a workshop for Desiree Alliance in 2007; taught a workshop about
sex work at Hampshire College in 2002; worked in sex-worker made media
at $pread for 1 1/2 years; served as a media contact during Spitzergate
2008; co-organizing the International Day to End Violence Against Sex
Workers in NYC 2007 and the International Day For Sex Workers Rights in
is an organizer with SWANK and SWOP-NYC. She has been affiliated with
PONY for 7 years and most recently is an organizer with the fresh-faced
SWANK and SWOP-NYC. She has an undergraduate degree in public health
(with a focus on gender/sexuality) and performance art from Sarah
Lawrence College, where she helped to organize around sexuality and
gender. Ruthie most recently completed a certificate in Electronic Music
Production. A video artist, she creates visuals for events and works
often in fashion, documenting projects in a creative way. Ruthie also
led a series of workshops on sex and society for young designers making
lingerie. She is in post-production for a documentary made with and
about Indian sex workers' collective, VAMP, concerning their triumphs in
collectivizing and struggles with American funding restrictions and
"rescue raids." She has worked with numerous community organizations and
is also trained as a labor support doula, coursework for a certificate
in Creative Arts Therapy with a focus on Drama Therapy and gained
further health counseling training and experience at Gay Men's Heath
Crisis (GMHC). Ruthie served as a media contact during New York's "SpitzerGate"
in March of 2008.
In Stephen Duncombe's "Dream: Progressive Politics in the Age
of Fantasy," Duncombe discusses the importance of the progressive left
to reexamine the necessity for 'dreaming' in our politics. We need to
start dreaming again, re-imagining how to view a sex (worker)-positive
world and begin to enact it through re-appropriating existing avenues of
media and consumption, guerrilla performance art, and "ethical
This workshop will proceed in two parts, first discussing
building a solid campaign, from messaging to audience, defining goals to
archiving and discussing creative ways of delivering your message. In
the second part, we will share information and brainstorm ideas on
creative actions and projects, to inspire momentum to bring home to our
communities. Included will be basic overview of collective creation
methods, understanding mainstream media, creative forms and a living
resource guide we can add to as a group.
"What We Learned from "Spitzergate" - Responses, Media Pressure, Results"
Audacia Ray: "I've worked in the sex industry in many
different capacities for the past seven years. Currently I'm a blogger (WakingVixen.com),
video podcast host (LiveGirlReview.com),
author (Naked on the Internet), porn director/producer (The Bi Apple),
and erotic art curator (Arena Studios). I have also worked as an escort,
sensual masseuse, model, and fetish worker. I was executive editor of $pread
magazine for three years.
This will be an open panel/moderated discussion. Instead of
appointing a small number of people to officially be on the panel, I
will encourage anyone who wants to speak up about their thoughts on the
issue to either email me before the conference or sign up during the
conference to talk about this.
During the mid-March week of New York Governor Eliot
Spitzer's downfall, sex workers and sex worker organizations in New York
and around the country were bombarded by media requests for comment
about Spitzer, the sex worker linked to his "downfall," and prostitution
in general. Sex worker organizers banded
together to release several press statements that got wide attention and
garnered many media appearances. In this session, I will give an
overview of what happened in the media and participants will be
encouraged to speak about their experiences of consuming the media
related to the scandal as well as their participation in creating it as
both interview subjects and writers of blogs, makers of videos, et
cetera. We will analyze our responses and tactics used on us and will
discuss ways to manage future media events. We will also debate the
merits of being interviewed by mainstream media, and will start to build
a tool box of suggestions for handling media requests.
Creating Sex Worker run direct service programs
"The St. James Infirmary Clinic Model":
Creating Sex Worker run
direct service programs in collaboration with health departments,
community based organizations and health service providers in your local
This workshop/s will be facilitated by two long term Staff
and Community Members (that is only Current/former Sex Workers will
facilitate). Naomi Akers, Executive DirectorSt. James InfirmarySt. James
Infirmary and Daniel Wilson Community Harm Reduction Representative and
City Clinic representative.
The training will be a basic overview of the history and
elements of the St. James Infirmary model including: developing and
writing a business/program plan, developing agency and collaborative
Memorandum of Understanding, evaluation, budget proposals, grant
writing, sample government contract monitoring evaluation, direct
service provision, recruiting and training staff. To maximize the
effectiveness of this training, an abbreviated toolkit (handouts) will
be included in either hard and/or digital format.
"Infiltration: Use the existing system to start a program"
Cyndee Clay from HIPS: "I have been working with/by/and for sex workers
since I first joined HIPS as a volunteer over 12 years ago. During that
time, I have worked to include sex workers in the conversations and
actions that happen around issues important to sex workers. I am
currently the Executive Director of HIPS.
Whether it be a legal clinic, support group, outreach program
-- sex workers can ally with existing non-profit organizations to
increase local support for sex work needs and issues. This presentation
will discuss ways to approach existing non-profits, women’s groups and
medical or health centers in your area, how to "piggy-back" on their
existing resources in order to meet your needs and goals, and potential
issues and pitfalls of dealing "with the system", and ideas to overcome
them to create new resources for sex workers in your community.
"Community Health Outreach Workers on the Streets of Baltimore"
Brenda Costley of Power
Inside: I am
a Community Health Outreach Worker. I have been with Power Inside for 1
year. I am certified in HIV Preventive counseling with the Maryland AIDS
Administration. I am a former sex worker, now advocating for social
justice among sex workers.
In my presentation I will address how Power Inside has
reached out to sex workers, homeless women and drug-addicted women. I
will also elaborate on how Power Inside uses the harm reduction
in Baltimore. I will focus on Power Inside's collaboration with the
Baltimore City Health Department. I will also discuss our peer support group at the
Women's Detention Center.
"Mobile Outreach and Emergency Resources for Sex Worker"
of HIPS: The client advocate at HIPS
Much of the current "research" on sex work states that outreach is an
essential component to reaching and engaging street based sex workers.
This short presentation will cover the basics of starting an outreach
program to street-based sex workers and will identify the top 10 tips
for setting up and effectively managing, as well as cover the basics
about materials, dealing with community & law enforcement, safety,
training and messaging.
Desiree Alliance conference organizers are committed to support for
representation and inclusiveness of cultural, racial, economic, age, and
gender identity. Please read our Diversity
Statement and join our efforts to build a respectful, diverse, and
strong sex worker movement.
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