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Black Women for Wellness
Leads Reproductive Justice Movement Campaign

against California's Prop 35, an initiative targeting people of color, youth, drug users, sex workers, immigrants, homeless people and other vulnerable commuities.


Sex Workers WANT to Stop Trafficking

U.S. Sex Workers advocate for rights at the
United Nations

Friday November 5, 2010, the United Nations Human Rights Council will review the human rights record of the United States as part of a new process – the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR calls for a review of member nations’ human rights records every four years, and this is the first time the U.S. has participated. The Human Rights Council will base its review on the U.S. government’s own self-assessment, as well as reports submitted from civil society organizations. U.S. sex worker advocates are engaged in this process, working to highlight the appalling record that the United States has in regards to communities of people engaging in the sex trade.

A comprehensive national report on sex workers' rights was prepared by the Best Practices Policy Project and the Desiree Alliance earlier this year. The report draws on the perspectives of networks, such as SWOP USA, and organizations working with sex workers, people in the sex trade and people who are affected by anti-prostitutioni policies in the United States more generally. Two representatives from the Best Practices Policy Project are currently in Geneva presenting summary recommendations to delegations and encouraging countries to ask the United States questions about it's human rights record in regards to sex workers and to include issues pertaining to sex workers in the recommendations they will raise in Friday's session.

Report on The United States of America
9th Round of the Universal Periodic Review November 2010

1. This report is submitted by the Best Practices Policy Project, Desiree Alliance, and the Sexual Rights Initiative. It focuses on civil and human rights violations of those engaged, or perceived to be engaged, in sexual trade and sex work in the U.S.

Report in pdf format

Verified Adult Provider Section Will Help
Stop Trafficking and Child Exploitation

Please click here to read and sign the petition

We Support and Agree with SWOP USA's position
concerning Craigslist Adult Services section.

Stacey Swimme interview with the Alyona show
"Craigslist Censored"

MADRE Speaks on Sex Work at the US Social Forum (June, 2010)
Global Village or Sexual Minority Ghetto? (Aug 2008)
Of Victims And Vixens--The Feminist Clash Over Prostitution (July 2008)
Alternet Article on BnG: Sex Work 2.0
OldestProfession2.0: A new generation of local "providers" and "hobbyists" create a virtual red-light district (June 4, 2008)
Sex Work 2.0 (Jan 2008)
A victimless crime? Sex workers defend legal prostitution (Sept 2007)
Talkin' Dirty (conference July 2006)
Sluts are people, too (Conference July 2006)
Vegas Sex Workers Demand Rights, Respect (Conference July 2006)
Exotic dancers face real dangers (July, 2006)
Dear Johns: For Shame (January, 2006)

The Desiree Alliance is a diverse, 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.

*Donations: Desiree Alliance is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please make checks payable to SEE/Desiree Alliance. If you are donating by credit card, please note that Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, or a variation of SEE, will show up on your credit card statement. Your donation is tax deductible.

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