Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Video: “Sex Workers’ Rights are Human Rights” Panel at Amnesty Midwest Regional Conference

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 28th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

  On August 11, 2015 Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting passed a resolution on state obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of people involved in the sex trade, including support for the decriminalization of sex work. SWOP members are taking this opportunity to educate others on human rights violations sex workers face, including [...]

Job Opening – Part Time Bookkeeper

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 26th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|

A new paid position is available with SWOP-USA. We are currently seeking to fill the role of part-time bookkeeper. Details about the position and how to apply are included below. Position Overview 20-40 hrs/month North American location preferred Salary begins at $15 for entry-level candidates, more is available for qualified candidates. Priority Deadline = 11/13/15 Send [...]

Things to Know About Operation Cross Country and Raids to “Rescue” Child Sex Trafficking Victims

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 24th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Uncategorized|

Beginning on October 5, the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies in 135 cities conducted a week-long sting called Operation Cross Country IX with the stated aim of recovering minors in the sex trade. Operation Cross Country IX is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, a nation-wide FBI initiative launched in 2003 intended to address [...]

Mandatory Testing & The Criminalization of HIV+ Sex Workers in the U.S.

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|

Our communication director, Katherine Koster, compiled state laws relating to  mandatory testing of sex workers and the criminalization of HIV+ sex workers in the United States. Koster and Robin Dunn, a long-time SWOP-Colorado member, also produced a more in-depth report on issues of mandatory testing and the Criminalization of HIV+ Sex Workers State-By-State Table: Mandatory Testing and [...]

Police Violence, Misconduct and Sex Workers

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 18th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , |

The recent case of two Chicago police officers being investigated for trafficking  a 14 year old raises the question: how frequently does police sexual misconduct and violence against sex workers occur? In a Reason.com article, Elizabeth Nolan-Brown gives a summary of nearly 40 police misconduct cases involving sex workers in the last year. Most cases involved police paying [...]

Upcoming Training Calls!

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 13th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: |

Street Outreach & Collecting Data Tuesday Oct 13th 8-9pm EST (7-8 CST/ 6-7 MT/5-6 PST) Email katherine@swopusa.org with a bit about yourself for the call-in number and access code! In this call, Kristen DiAngelo will share techniques used by SWOP-Sacramento in their recent needs assessment survey, to connect with and provide services for street based sex [...]

Myths, Truths & Why We Oppose the Nordic Model

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 10th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

People who support the Nordic Model often view support for decriminalization as support for "Big Brothel" -- support for the rights and interests of management who, even if they are not abusive, are economically exploiting people who sell sex.  We disagree, and we decided to break down some of the misconceptions that we believe lead people [...]

Help Defend the Amnesty Decision!

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 8th, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: |

On August 11 2015, a crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers was passed at Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM). Delegates voted in favor of harm reduction practices as the best way to protect the human rights of sex workers. Before the vote took place, sex worker advocacy groups [...]

Supporting Amnesty Stance on Sex Work

By |2017-01-25T05:19:06+00:00October 6th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

On August 11 2015, a crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers was passed at Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM). Delegates voted in favor of harm reduction practices as the best way to protect the human rights of sex workers. Before the vote took place, sex worker advocacy groups [...]

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