On March 3, 2022, International Sex Workers Rights Day, Rep. Ro Khanna, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Barbara Lee and Sen. Ron Wyden make history by re-introducing the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act (SSWSA) with the support of 70 different organizations from anti-violence, public health, technology, and civil and human rights.
The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center strongly opposes the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2022, also known as the EARN IT Act of 2022 (S.3538). Despite being premised on the critically important goal of combatting sexual exploitation of children online, this bill would in fact make protecting children from such abuse more challenging.
The Research and Advocacy Intern for the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center will support either or both research and policy advocacy projects. This may include but is not limited to conducting rigorous evidence-based background research such as literature reviews to inform ongoing or proposed research projects, drafting policy briefs, and tracking proposed legislation and policies that impact sex workers, people profiled as sex workers, people trafficked in the sex trades or others involved in the sex trades.
This blog post from the Sex Workers Project (SWP) of the Urban Justice Center is part of the 2021 Leading to Violence Campaign. This campaign highlights the critical issues that must be addressed to realize the goals of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, recognized each year on December 17. SWP is writing on the topic of policing and the ways in which it harms and leads to systemic and interpersonal violence at the hands of law enforcement and the criminal legal system.
On November 16, 2021, the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center (SWP) realized one of its longest-standing goals, as Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the START (Survivors of Trafficking Attaining Relief Together) Act into law.
Last month, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she is looking into a proposal to legalize sex work in the state. The move has long been pushed by advocates who say it would empower sex workers and give them added protections.