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There’s No Way FOSTA Isn’t a First Amendment Violation, Says Lawsuit

2022-09-19T13:21:12+00:00September 16th, 2022|

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.”

The EARN IT Act Is Back. Here’s What People Are Saying

2022-02-09T19:42:35+00:00February 1st, 2022|

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.”

Goodparts Sells “Lubed Up” NFTS to Support Sex Workers

2022-02-09T19:49:45+00:00January 31st, 2022|

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.”

Nationwide push to liberalize prostitution laws prompts concerns about human trafficking

2022-02-02T14:03:06+00:00January 29th, 2022|

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]

Policing Must Change to End Violence Against Sex Workers

2022-06-04T15:19:29+00:00December 6th, 2021|

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.

In Honor of Transgender Awareness Week Governor Hochul Signs LGBTQ+ Protection Bills

2021-11-22T21:14:56+00:00November 16th, 2021|

NY State

“Associate Director of the Government Affairs for Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center Andy Bowen said, "With Governor Hochul's signature on the START Act, SWP sends its deepest thanks to the Governor, along with sponsors Senator Jessica Ramos and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, for giving so many of our clients past and present greater hope for the future...With START's enactment, we will see many kinds of healing."

The New York Women’s Foundation Announces Fall Grantmaking Efforts

2021-11-01T12:46:04+00:00October 28th, 2021|

PR Newswire

"Investing in the power of women, girls, and gender-expansive people to create an equitable and just future, The New York Women's Foundation announces nearly half a million dollars in its latest round of grantmaking... Grantee partners [including] the Sex Workers Project...center the voices and experiences of those most marginalized in civic and political spheres, including Black and Latinx women, youth of color, and cis- and transgender people of color in the sex work industry.”

Trafficking Victim: They Made Me Have Sex With Cops

2021-10-25T16:41:01+00:00October 19th, 2021|

Daily Beast

“This is far from the first allegation of a police officer taking advantage of a sex worker. Seventeen percent of sex workers surveyed in a 2003 report by the Urban Justice Center of New York reported being sexually harassed by police, including one sex worker who reported being raped by police and another who reported being stalked.”