Behind Bars Scholarship Fund

SWOP Behind Bars offers scholarships for incarcerated sex workers to study a broad range of subjects via correspondence courses, including paralegal and accounting. In 2016 we awarded three scholarships. By 2019 that number had risen to 20! Each program costs approximately $900, which includes all study materials, books and testing. You can donate to help cover these costs and your donation is tax deductible! 

USPROS: CoVid 19

The Coronavirus is a Disaster for Sex Workers – April 24, 2020 PRESS RELEASE The Coronavirus is a Disaster for Sex Workers – We Need Resources! Contact: US PROStitutes Collective uspros@prostitutescollective.net Thousands of families in the US rely on the income from sex work to survive and have been thrown into a crisis by the coronavirus.

Feature: Sex Workers Are Human Resources

JAN 10 • Thank you so much for your fair and balanced coverage of the 15th Annual IDTEVASW. Since 2012 SWOP and SAFE have strived to stand up and speak out in Philly on issues specific to stigma and gratuitous violence against sex workers. Folks are always amazed at how hard and painful this event is to do, yet in the end how truly blessed we are to be able to come together to do it. Many households in most areas of Greater Philadelphia, if not all of PA, are touched somehow by this issue. Talking about sex work and prostitution is hard. Living in shame and silence is harder. D/17 is not fun, though it is full of love. Truly. We are here because we have been there, and we care. Our voice is their voice. Thank you for covering the memorial. Words cannot even express the gratitude I feel right now. Philly is proving we got LOVE!

Decrim Sex Work California Coalition’s housing as healthcare pilot program

April 15, 2022The Honorable Nancy SkinnerChair, Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee California State SenateSacramento, CA 95814The Honorable Sydney Kamlager Chair, Senate Budget Subcommittee 4 California State SenateSacramento, CA 95814The Honorable Phil TingChair, Assembly Budget Committee California State Assembly Sacramento, CA 95814The Honorable Wendy CarrilloChair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee 4 California State AssemblySacramento, CA 95814Subject: Support … Continue reading Decrim Sex Work California Coalition’s housing as healthcare pilot program

What a Biden Win Means for Sex Workers

In the run-up to the presidential election, leading sex worker rights advocates are trying to anticipate the impact of either candidate’s win—and it’s the possibility of a Biden presidency that elicits both deep concern and cautious optimism. While most of the advocates I spoke with strongly favored Biden over Trump as a candidate, none considered … Continue reading What a Biden Win Means for Sex Workers

UPR Inspires Revisiting PEPFAR 2015-2017

2003: PEPFAR added an “Anti-prostitution Loyalty Oath” to grantee contracts. The devastating effects of the anti-prostitution oath annihilated agencies that depended on the funding to sustain their operations, and more importantly, excluded vulnerable populations in need.  2017: The oath continues to harm the global fight against HIV and AIDS. U.S. sex worker rights organizations collectively and vehemently oppose the current restrictions.

Plaintiffs Continue Effort to Overturn FOSTA, One of the Broadest Internet Censorship Laws | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Special thanks to legal intern Ross Ufberg, who was lead author of this post.A group of organizations and individuals are continuing their fight to overturn the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, known as FOSTA, arguing that the law violates the Constitution. — Read on http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/09/plaintiffs-continue-effort-overturn-fosta-one-broadest-internet-censorship-laws A group of organizations and … Continue reading Plaintiffs Continue Effort to Overturn FOSTA, One of the Broadest Internet Censorship Laws | Electronic Frontier Foundation