CDTWe, the undersigned organizations [including SWP], believe that the privacy, online safety, and digital well-being of children should be protected. However, S. 3663, the “Kids Online Safety Act” (KOSA), would undermine those goals for all people, but especially children, by effectively forcing providers to use invasive filtering and monitoring tools; jeopardizing private, secure communications; incentivizing increased data collection on children and adults; and undermining the delivery of critical services to minors by public agencies like schools.
North Jersey NewsIllicit massage parlors have become the most prevalent form of the sex industry, constituting up to 85% of all sex industry activity in the U.S., according to research by the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center.
Albany News"The symposium’s panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. will be moderated by Albany Law School's President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law Melissa L. Breger and feature….RJ Thompson, Esq. - Managing Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center."
US Today"Mo Ho, a Missouri sex worker rights organization, is already in the process of establishing a fund for people who need abortions. “We’re very, very good at making sure we find ways to circumvent this systematic oppression,” said Zola Bruce of the Urban Justice Project’s Sex Workers Project. “Because we have no other support.”"
Reason“There's no way the Allow States and Victims Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) doesn't violate the First Amendment, argues a federal lawsuit challenging the law. Among other things, it criminalizes web platforms that facilitate prostitution...Briefs supporting the plaintiffs have been filed by the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center and more than 20 other groups.”
Green Entrepreneur“Sackville & Co. is a contemporary cannabis brand launched by women who care about weed and social justice; they’ve partnered with The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, donating their proceeds to educate and defend the rights of sex workers.”
Reason“The reintroduced EARN IT Act is now scheduled to be discussed at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday. It's being sponsored by a bipartisan group that includes some of the Senate's worst actors, including Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.), and Josh Hawley (R–Mo.)...The bill has earned criticism from all sorts of civil liberties, sex worker rights, LGBT, and free speech groups including the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center.”
Hype Bae“Personal care brand Goodparts founder Dave Shanfield is harnessing the power of NFTs to support sex workers. On February 2 and February 8, you can purchase the “lubed up” NFTs on NFTreats and proceeds will be donated directly to the marginalized community...A majority of funds will be donated directly to the Urban Justice Center’s Sex Worker Project which also seeks to destigmatize and decriminalize sex work.”
Fox News"There's nothing inherent about sex work that makes it more prone to violence other than the fact that because of stigma and because of shame and stigma against sex work, we as sex workers are – for people who want to cause violence – we're expendable people. We're easy targets for violence because people think we're less than moralistic," [RJ Thompson, Director, UJC's Sex Workers Project]
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.