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October 25 to 27, 2007

Have you ever traded sex for the things you need?

So... Are you tired of the laws that punish people for how they earn a living? Are you tired of the police harassing you because of how you dress or because of who you are? Are you organizing to make a change? Would you like to organize for change?

Be a leader for your community!
And learn how to make rights a reality at the
Washington, DC
October 25 to 27, 2007

The Institute is a series of classes that will give you the skills to understand the law, organize for change, work to change images of sex workers in the media and more. The Institute is intensive and requires a daily commitment from you to learn.

Ideal candidates for the Institute are people who have traded sex for money (and/or the things they need) who want to go back to their communities with the skills they've learned, and organize their communities TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.

Scholarships are available. We will consider people with relevant experience-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. We will give priority to people of color, immigrants, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transpeople, people with disabilities, people living with HIV, senior citizens and youth/young adults.

Applications open July 15 2007 and close August 24, 2007 Download application.

Want to speak to someone about applying? Call Sky at Different Avenues on 202/829-2103

email: skytrinia AT


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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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