Four Years Since SESTA/FOSTA was Signed, Sex Workers Call on Congress to Learn from its Mistake! On the Anniversary of SESTA/FOSTA, Sex Worker Rights Organizations Hold a Call-in Day to Demand Passage of the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act.
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.
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.
"I would first emphasize that people who do sex work, as with most other jobs, come from varied backgrounds and identities. There are sex workers of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexualities, genders, religions, education levels, and incomes. There is also a great diversity in the types of labor sex workers engage in."