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.
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."
WNYC“RJ Thompson, managing director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, helps break down some of the stigma surrounding sex work as well as how and why male sex workers are often left out of conversations around sex work.”
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.”
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.”
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.
City & State“As a public affairs consultant for the past four years, [Andy] Bowen has advised and supported clients such as worker cooperatives and the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Whether it’s supporting advocates for LGBTQ people or labor rights, Bowen says, “Helping take part in that change means the world to me.”
The Spool"Nicole Costa’s documentary about the life and times of poet, artist, friend, sex worker [and UJC Sex Worker Project client] Iván Monalisa is insightful and wry."
Vice“While the purported target of the law [FOSTA/SESTA] was trafficking in the sex trades, it has proven incredibly ineffective but is instead invoked regularly by tech companies when censoring and removing content shared by sex workers, or even just users sharing content of a sexual nature,” Mariah Grant, Director of Research and Advocacy at The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, told Motherboard.”