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!

SWOP Behind Bars Will Be At “Beyond The Walls”

Through panels, presentations, and interactive workshops, the Summit explores innovative approaches to the health and reentry challenges facing our communities, brings relevant policy issues to the forefront, and provides attendees with the opportunity to become involved in local and national advocacy work. With a focus on community led responses to the crisis in the criminal justice system, workshops reflect the needs of prisoners and former prisoners and will highlight the work being done to improve conditions inside the prison walls and in the communities to which prisoners are returning. Registration Required for 6/28/2017

We Remember: Anonymous. A Teenage Philadelphia “Hooker”

D/17 PHILLY

Lit On Fire. Left In An Abandoned Building. 

“Anonymous Teenage Hooker” had a face and a name, though we don’t know her id.

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ALL THESE MURDERED WOMEN HAVE FACES AND NAMES AND FAMILIES OR FRIENDS WHO LOVED THEM

ESSEX COUNTY JAIL Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, is under investigation for the slaying of a teenage Philadelphia hooker whose burned body was left inside an abandoned building in Orange, N.J., WNBC-TV reported Wednesday. Sources told the station that law enforcement was actively investigating whether the suspect might be a serial killer.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/new-jersey-man-accused-murders-suspected-killing-article-1.2918881

Original artwork of Lady Liberty crying courtesy of Zuchman Studios West Philadelphia. D/17 Flyer by Eris Vale Philadelphia. “Say Her Name” poster SWOP-USA.
Memorial candle photograph flyer  also SWOP-USA

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18/2257: Exposed As Unconstitutional In Philadelphia Court

U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional     A federal judge today, siding with the Free Speech Coalition and other plaintiffs, declared unconstitutional key portions of 18 U.S.C. §§2257 and 2257A, the federal performer record-keeping statutes for adult entertainment producers. U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional By Rhett Pardon Jan 6, … Continue reading 18/2257: Exposed As Unconstitutional In Philadelphia Court

2016 Sex Work Year in Review 2016

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.

2016 D17 Philadelphia: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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.”