YOU CAN HELP STOP THE VIOLENCE BY SUPPORTING SEX WORKER FRIENDLY SERVICES. First meeting of Subcommittee is September 5: We are in touch with Elizabeth Edwards, one of the sponsors of HB 287. The first meeting of this Subcommittee is September 5. The committee hearing is open to anyone to attend. Campaigners for decriminalization including Bella Robinson of COYOTE/Rhode Island will be attending. Melanie Dante, a Pennsylvania advocate for sex workers and survivors, and Eris Vayle, both known well for the Philadelphia December 17th effort to de-escalate gender based violence, will also attend. CRIMINALIZATION & STIGMA CONTRIBUTE TO FACTORS KILLING SEX WORKERS
A Pa prostitute details stepping back into the industry amidst unexpectedly intense and changing legal and legislative crossfire. Her Year in Review explores the issues of being a victim/Survivor/WORKER.
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has been recognized since 2003 and various memorial events have been held in Philadelphia since 2012. This is the first time a formal event is being held at City Hall, in direct response to ongoing attacks in Kensington, and the fact that a violent predator is still on the loose. Organizers M. Dante and Eris Vayle commented: “Brutal attacks and murders should not be synonymous with sex work. We hope to help deescalate the violence here in Philadelphia, and all of Pennsylvania. Our collective hopes to shed light and love to remind our community that justice for sex workers is a human rights issue. The violence dehumanizes us all, not just those who are the immediate victims.”