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Recognizing the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

DECRIMNOW, a campaign to decriminalize sex work in DC and invest in resources recognized the power of December 17th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to encourage our D.C. communities to fight to support Black and brown women, trans, and gender nonconforming sex workers. DECRIMNOW released a video from Media Matters uplifting the perspectives of Black and brown organizers and people with lived experience in the sex trades and held a fundraising celebration with performances, storytelling, and care packages given to survival sex workers. The campaign supports a City Council bill aimed at decriminalizing sex work. Introduced by Councilmember David Grosso last year, the bill was drafted with input from sex worker advocates and would create a task force made up of sex workers’ rights organizations to draft policy recommendations. 

How did your community recognize International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers? Let us know by filling out this short survey. 

AIDS United was honored to have Tamika Spellman, who has worked with HIPS since June 2017, and Christa Daring, the executive director of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)-USA and a founding member of SWOP Baltimore, take time out of their busy schedules to blog with us about International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Check out their stories: Tamika’s is here and Christa’s, here.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 21, 2018

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