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These Transgender Latinas Want New York State to Decriminalize Sex Work

2020-07-06T15:13:08+00:00July 18th, 2019|

The Daily Beast

Jessica Peñaranda is director of movement building at the Sex Workers Project. An advocate of Decrim NY, she said there is still plenty to be done. “Until we can have fair wages, affordable housing, and a welfare system, society will continue to punish sex-workers. There are so many things to do to bring every part of the system together as a community.”

Bill that could protect trafficking survivors from deportation has yet to reach floor in Albany

2020-07-06T15:13:52+00:00June 12th, 2019|

Queens Daily Eagle

“Trafficking is a lot more complex than that,” said Rosie Wang, director of Legal Advocacy and Services at the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. “Traffickers will force their victims to do criminal actions for them, like shoplifting and carrying drugs. They’re not eligible for relief because they’re not prostitution-related but they are trafficking-related.”

Should Sex Work Be Decriminalized? Some Activists Say It’s Time

2020-07-06T15:15:31+00:00March 22nd, 2019|


Thompson is now a human rights lawyer and the managing director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. It's among several organizations that are advocating bills to decriminalize sex work in New York City and New York state. They already have the support of various state lawmakers.

Lawyer and Escort RJ Thompson Wants to End the Stigma Around Sex Work

2020-07-06T15:16:54+00:00February 1st, 2019|

Now This

“The Sex Workers Project has been a leader in the national sex workers rights movement,” he stated. “You know, many of our clients are transgender women, many are undocumented, many are queer, many are people of color.”

Inside NY Courts Where Sex Workers are ‘Painted as Victims and Treated as Criminals’

2020-07-06T15:17:33+00:00September 21st, 2018|

The Appeal

The New York City research draws on interviews with court participants and direct court observations, and was conducted by the GHJP and the Sex Workers Project, a New York City-based organization providing legal services and other support for sex workers and people who have been trafficked.

GHJP Releases Reports on Prostitution “Diversion” Programs

2020-07-06T15:18:09+00:00September 17th, 2018|

Yale Law School Today

Diversion from Justice and Un-Meetable Promises are products of a multi-year collaboration between the GHJP and the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center (SWP-UJC) in New York. The collaboration, supported by the Levi Strauss Foundation, sought to bring the resources of the academy to support NGOs working with marginalized communities.

New Legislation Aimed at Fighting Trafficking on Digital Platforms Could Put Sex Workers in Danger

2020-07-06T15:18:50+00:00March 30th, 2018|

The Nation

Cracking down on digital sites could also push sex workers into riskier street-based work that is more prone to violence, exploitation or police targeting. R.J. Thompson, director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center (where the author once interned), and also a sex worker, says, “Working online and being able to screen clients online is really a great harm-reduction tool.

Sex-trafficking bill that killed Craigslist’s Personals is hurting sex workers

2020-07-06T15:19:40+00:00March 28th, 2018|


“It reduces safety for sex workers,” explained RJ Thompson, who serves as managing director of the Sex Workers Project and is a sex worker himself. “It pushes folks who work online back to street-based work, which has much higher incidences of violence, public health issues including HIV and other STIs, state violence in terms of police harassment and arrest.”

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