Quick Exit / Salida Rapida
Quick Exit / Salida Rapida


Sex Workers Project provides free immigration legal services to people ages 18 and up who are current or former sex workers, trafficking survivors, or profiled as sex workers. Our legal team members are leading national experts on the intersections of sex work criminalization and federal immigration law in the United States.

Our Work

We provide life-saving immigration legal services for trafficking survivors and sex workers

What We Do

SWP offers full and limited representation for deportation defense, immigration screenings, consultations, and representation on immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Among other types of immigration relief, we offer assistance with asylum, withholding of removal, convention against torture, T-Nonimmigrant status, adjustment of status, naturalization, and work authorizations. We also provide referrals for various issues including vacatur, social services, benefits enrollment, and name changes. To find out more about our legal services, click here!



“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.“

– Julianna 2021

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Recent Press

Maryland Carey Law’s New Appellate Immigration Clinic Takes Shape

January 12th, 2024|

The Daily Record

"In the spring 2023 semester, students in the clinic filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on behalf of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, arguing that the court should reconsider a “crime of moral turpitude” deportation ground."

There used to be tens of thousands of prostitution arrests annually in NYC. Now? About 100.

December 27th, 2023|


“'People need to take sex workers seriously and understand adult consensual sex work is not a sex crime,” [Zola] Bruce [of the Sex Workers Project] said. “We need to stop this criminalization of sex and sexuality in general and change the trajectory around that so that people can see sex work as a job.”
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Main Office

40 Rector Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Telephone: 646-602-5617

Email: swp@urbanjustice.org


SWP does not receive walk in clients or inquiries. Please call our helpline at 646-602-5617