We are a national organization that defends the human rights of sex workers by destigmatizing and decriminalizing people in the sex trades through free legal services, education, research, and policy advocacy.
The inequity in our society increases the challenges that Black people face in the sex work industry. Black trans peopleare targeted and murdered disproportionately whether they are working or not. To create change we took action to supportthe repeal of the Walking While Trans Ban and aim to increase the visibility of Black trans and gender nonconforming communities. We also partner with organizations that are Black and sex work led such as the Black Sex Workers Collective (BSWC) and the BIPOC Adult Industry Collective to amplify Black voices. One of our core values is to work towards living in an anti-oppressive society, advocating for Black lives by changing legislation, increasing mutual-aid and supporting efforts that are anti-racist.
We aim to create a sexually liberated world where all workers have the autonomy and power to fully enjoy their human rights.
Legal Advocacy and Services
Immigration and asylum legal services for sex workers and survivors of human trafficking
In order to destigmatize sex work we are committed to teaching our communities about our anti-oppressive, harm reductive, and trauma informed practices.
Policy Advocacy and Research
We engage in rigorous evidence-based policy advocacy and research to defend the human rights of sex workers and people trafficked in the sex trades.
“When SWP helped me gain my status as an asylee, my life changed. I no longer fear that I am at risk to be detained by the police or immigration because I am a transwoman or because of the way I’ve earned a living in the past.“
The city is also increasing money intended to support “people involved in the sex trade” by $300,000 to $4.43 million. New funding sources within this program include $100,000 for the Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project, which works to identify immigrant trans survivors of trafficking.
According to a study done by the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, "Eighty percent of street based prostitutes interviewed had experiences or been threatened with violence while working."