SEX WORKERS OUTREACH PROJECT
Mission Statement: Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national grassroots social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education, community building, and advocacy.
SWOP is committed to the safety, autonomy, and human rights of people in the sex trade, and stands in solidarity with the many social justice movements intersectional to our own, including but not limited to Black Lives Matter, disability rights, drug and immigration reform, gender equality and the LGBTQ movement, and the rights of the working class.
In 2004, SWOP co-founders Stacey Swimme and Robyn Few teamed up with Dr. Annie Sprinkle to honor the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, designating December 17th as International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. SWOP-USA continues to honor Dec 17th by hosting a multilingual website with advocate toolkits, global event details, and annual list of names, as well as providing event funding to local SWOP chapters and related groups.
Since it’s founding in the Bay Area, SWOP has grown into a national network of regional chapters and local activists. This network works together to address stigma and criminalization through peer support, community outreach, media engagement, allied collaborations, and direct action. As the issue of sex worker rights emerges into mainstream consciousness, SWOP will be here to serve as a vehicle to bolster the work and voices of social justice advocates across the nation.
DID YOU KNOW? Few was arrested in 2002 for prostitution, which is when her battle with the U.S. government began.
Few founded SWOP-USA (Sex Workers Outreach Project) with the help of Michael Foley and Stacy Simme. Around this time, Shannon Williams, a sex worker who was also a high school teacher, had been arrested for prostitution. It hit the news in a frenzy because she was a teacher.
“I would have been happy to deal with it quietly, but it was already all over the news.” [Said Shannon]. “Robyn showed up and she was just this unbelievable vivacious person … so much energy, so upbeat, so positive, all this fighting spirit. She was funny and bubbly and fun to be around. I was feeling like my life had blown up and she was just like, ‘We’re going to fight this and well take it the Supreme Court!’ Robyn always thought really big and had very long term big goals.”
LEAD US FORWARD THROUGH THIS FIGHT, ROBYN, WITH STYLE & A SMILE!