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Sex
Workers
Project

We engage in legal services, advocacy, education, media, and organizing to build a movement to protect the human rights of sex workers. We aim to create a world that is safe for all workers and where human trafficking does not exist.

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“I was 13 (when I first got involved in sex work) [… ] It was a right of passage and as well the need for financial stability at the time. “

– Misty

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Un-Meetable
Promises:

Rhetoric and Reality
in NYC's Human Trafficking
Intervention Courts

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Recent Press

Sex Workers’ Rights and Human Trafficking

April 1st, 2021|

Human Trafficking Search

“someone can be a sex worker and a survivor of trafficking,” just like a fruit picker or seamstress. “But when we’re talking about adult, consensual sex work- it doesn’t have anything to do with force or coercion,” Thompson affirms. When adequate safety measures are in place, Bruce adds “sex work can be an affirming and empowering choice” for some individuals.

Brooklyn DA Dismisses Hundreds of Prostitution Arrests

February 1st, 2021|

Spectrum News NY1

“The criminalization of sex work is what makes it dangerous." said Mariah Grant, director of research, organizing and advocacy for the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. "It makes it so that people can’t operate freely, that they can’t go to the police and feel comfortable expressing that they’ve seen abuse happening or experienced it themselves because they’d be fearful of arrest."

The Vice-Loathing Reverend and the Sex Workers Who Took San Francisco by Storm in 1917

January 25th, 2021|

Daily Beast

On Jan. 25, 1917, sex workers in San Francisco marched to the Central Methodist Church to meet with Rev. Paul Smith, who had organized a campaign to rid and protect the city from vice. This was the first sex worker-led protest in the U.S.
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40 Rector Street, 9th Floor
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Telephone: 646-602-5617

Email: swp@urbanjustice.org

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