Drawing from our years of experience working directly with individuals in the sex industry, we engage in human rights documentation about pressing issues and needs.

Our groundbreaking reports explore the narratives of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking. Read our guides, reports, and memos and listen to our podcasts below.


Un-Meetable Promises:Rhetoric and Reality in New York City’s Human Trafficking Intervention Courts

September 1st, 2018|

A report by the Global Health Justice Partnership of the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health in collaboration with The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center | September 2018


Learning about the lives and needs of sex workers directly from sex workers is integral to our mission. We meet sex workers through outreach on the street and in other venues. We invite you to listen and follow along via transcripts of street-based sex worker interviews conducted in 2007.


September 15th, 2007|

Jimena is a 24-year-old transwoman who works on the street. | September 15, 2007


August 19th, 2007|

Tiffany is a 19-year-old transwoman who has worked on the street and as an escort | 19 August 2007


August 5th, 2007|

Marisol is a 28 year old Latina who has been in sex work for nearly ten years. | August 5, 2007


August 5th, 2007|

Selena, who is 23, recounts her experience with the criminal justice system. | August 5, 2007


July 7th, 2007|

Nicole is a 24 year old transwoman who emphasizes staying in school. | July 7, 2007


June 7th, 2007|

Misty has been in sex work since she was 13, and testifies to a lack of community and financial stability as reasons for her entrance into sex work. | June 7, 2007

Other Resources

Know your Rights!

January 1st, 2012|

This pamphlet offers info for sex workers, and tools to help you assert your rights. This pamphlet is not a substitute for talking to a lawyer. If you are arrested or have questions about your rights, contact us at 646.602.5617 or

Taking the Pledge

January 1st, 2008|

The Bush administration introduced the anti-prostitution pledge. This document details why this pledge is counter-productive for creating a world safe for all workers and where human trafficking does not exist.

Video Resources

International Whores’ Day NYC Digital Rally – Live Stream (6/2/20)

NYC and Philly sex working organizers speak on how they are surviving and caring for their communities. Protest, celebrate, support, and flood our feeds in your finest RED + BLACK threads with messages of love and solidarity with sex workers!

CariClub Webinar: Racial Injustice & Systemic Inequality  (6/25/20)

This webinar on systemic racism featured RJ Thompson and Gretchen Nealon from the Urban Justice Center, as well as staff from the NYCLU and Good Call NYC.


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