HBO Crime Drama ‘Mare of Easttown’ Perpetuates A Familiar and Dangerous Trope

2021-05-26T14:44:04+00:00May 17th, 2021|

Pop Matters

According to a study done by the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, "Eighty percent of street based prostitutes interviewed had experiences or been threatened with violence while working."

Sex Workers’ Rights and Human Trafficking

2021-04-01T20:11:05+00:00April 1st, 2021|

Human Trafficking Search

“someone can be a sex worker and a survivor of trafficking,” just like a fruit picker or seamstress. “But when we’re talking about adult, consensual sex work- it doesn’t have anything to do with force or coercion,” Thompson affirms. When adequate safety measures are in place, Bruce adds “sex work can be an affirming and empowering choice” for some individuals.

Brooklyn DA Dismisses Hundreds of Prostitution Arrests

2021-02-01T19:33:33+00:00February 1st, 2021|

Spectrum News NY1

“The criminalization of sex work is what makes it dangerous." said Mariah Grant, director of research, organizing and advocacy for the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. "It makes it so that people can’t operate freely, that they can’t go to the police and feel comfortable expressing that they’ve seen abuse happening or experienced it themselves because they’d be fearful of arrest."

The Vice-Loathing Reverend and the Sex Workers Who Took San Francisco by Storm in 1917

2021-01-25T21:37:43+00:00January 25th, 2021|

Daily Beast

On Jan. 25, 1917, sex workers in San Francisco marched to the Central Methodist Church to meet with Rev. Paul Smith, who had organized a campaign to rid and protect the city from vice. This was the first sex worker-led protest in the U.S.

Washtenaw County will no longer prosecute consensual sex work

2021-01-25T19:55:47+00:00January 15th, 2021|

Detroit Free Press

"This is a really wonderful thing that other jurisdictions should duplicate because across the country, Black folks ... and also trans and cisgender women all bear the disproportionate burden of criminalization," said RJ Thompson, a sex worker who is managing director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, a national legal services and advocacy group.

What Sex Workers Want Kamala Harris to Know

2021-01-25T19:47:11+00:00January 14th, 2021|

The Nation

“A lot of black cis women, gender-nonconforming people and trans women just don’t know that it’s possible for a black woman to sit in such a high position.” But Bruce adds that “there’s some challenges because historically, we know that she hasn’t been supportive of trans women in particular, and also not supportive of sex workers. I just feel like for us to see positive change in our communities, we need to see her also change.”