Board of Directors

The SWOP-USA Board of Directors is comprised of current and retired sex workers, as well as allies.  While we do not require that anyone involved in SWOP publicly disclose their sex worker status (except for the President of the Board), we internally ensure that no less than 3/4 of the board consists of people with direct experience in the sex trade. Our current board maximum is 13 members, with each member serving up to two consecutive two year terms. The SWOP-USA Board or Directors is a working board, meaning that all members are active volunteers who see to the majority of the day-to-day affairs and projects of the organization.

Andrea Ferguson
Andrea Ferguson
Andrea Ferguson graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in anthropology and focused her undergraduate research on various aspects of sex work.

Through this she quickly learned about the injustices sex workers regularly face and how criminalization negatively impacts them. This fuels her desire to advocate for sex worker’s rights and create positive change within the community. She uses her perspective as an anthropologist to conduct ethical research and present at conferences to raise awareness of various issues within sex work. Andrea served on the GSU Undergraduate Advisory Board, is a veteran, and a licensed practical nurse.

Ankit Gupta
Ankit Gupta
Ankit Gupta is a queer feminist activist passionate about sexual and reproductive rights, prison abolition movements and building communities with queer and trans folks. They are a member of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) and also previously served on the Board of Directors. They serve on the Advisory Group to The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Youth Action Team of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Partnership. Ankit has worked on a range of issues from comprehensive sexuality education, public safety for young queer youth, especially trans youth to climate change and environment. Previously, they have worked as a consultant with International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the YP Foundation.
Ceyenne Doroshow
Ceyenne Doroshow
Ceyenne Doroshow was raised in Brooklyn and fought very hard for her day-to-day survival as a transgender girl. Escaping into the kitchen and learning how to cook became a source of power for Ceyenne, and to this day she sues food to bring people to together and get over their differences. She even published a memoir entitled “Cooking in Heels” based on her life experience. Now a grown lady, she has been blessed to be an advocate, caseworker, lover, and friend. Ceyenne is blessed to have Miss Major as her mother and mentor, and is featured in MAJOR, a film about Miss Major’s life. Ceyenne’s legendary storytelling skills are featured in the Red Umbrella Diaries documentary, and bring her all over the country as a sought after speaker, to share her wisdom, humor, and life lessons as a trans woman of color and sex worker. She also volunteers extensively at the River Fund in Queens, providing food, pantry, and other necessary services to people in need.
Katie Bloomquist
Katie Bloomquist
Katie is a mental health therapist in Minneapolis providing systemic psychotherapy for individuals and couples in the LGBTQI+ and sex work communities who are struggling with mental health, relational and sexual health concerns. She is kink and poly-positive and competent and is affirmative of ALL consensual unconventional sexual behaviors. She has several sex work research publications and presents academically on the sex workers rights movement, sex work stigma and the minority stress of sex work at sexual health and therapy conferences. She is currently developing a training for therapists and human service providers aimed at reducing clinician bias against sex workers and increasing cultural competency. She is offering a therapeutic support group for current and former sex workers in Minneapolis starting in the fall of 2017.
Christa B. Daring
Christa B. Daring
Christa B. Daring is a worker owner at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse and a founding member of SWOP Baltimore. They have been organizing within anarchist, labor, sex worker, anti-war, prison abolition, and queer struggles for the past 14 years. Christa co-edited Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire (AK Press, 2012). Formerly, they were a member of the AK Press collective, Olympia Street Medic Collective, and the class struggle anarchist organization Common Action. They are passionate about using popular education and participatory models to build power in historically marginalized and oppressed communities, with the goal of creating inclusive grassroots leadership. When not buried under piles of work Christa can be found wild crafting herbal medicine, goofing off with awesome queers at the dungeon, and snuggling every available cat.
Magalie Lerman
Magalie Lerman
Magalie Lerman spent three+ years involved in SWOP Denver before joining the SWOP USA board. She also spent time providing direct and in-direct services to people involved in the sex trade and survivors of trafficking at Prax(us), and people who inject drugs at the Harm Reduction Action center. During this time, she served on the board of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and volunteered at VORP Denver, a restorative justice program for youth. Magalie received her undergraduate degree in an Individualized Degree Program from the Metropolitan University of Denver in 2015. Magalie currently works as the Drug User Health Fellow at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors in Washington DC, and is excited to advance the rights and health of people involved in the sex trade as a SWOP USA board member.
Maggie Mayhem
Maggie Mayhem
Maggie Mayhem is a sex positive activist, artist and a sex educator. She began receiving formal training on sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, harm reduction, and substance use in 2003 and has continued accessing as many academic and medical resources possible to keep up to date with medically accurate information.
Matthew Rose
Matthew RoseTreasurer
Matthew Rose (Treasurer) is a health advocate with a special focus on HIV/AIDS. With a passion and love for social justice work, he has spent a great deal of his professional and personal life operating under the framework that health is a vehicle for social justice. Health lives at the intersection of a number of oppressions and can create unique moments for liberation. His background is centered in public policy, community engagement and strategic planning. Since 2009, he has been a member of Prevention Research, Outreach, Advocacy and Representation (PxROAR), a domestic program created by AVAC to offer training for advocates in biomedical HIV prevention research education. Previously Matthew spent two and a half years with the National Coalition for LGBT Health overseeing its HIV/AIDS policy work and is chair of the policy committee the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative.
Jacqueline Robarge
Jacqueline Robarge2016
Jacqueline Robarge is the director and founder of Power Inside, a 14 year old harm reduction program that serves women and girls impacted by incarceration, street life, and abuse by providing direct client services, advocacy, leadership development, and public education to work toward systemic change.. She was awarded an Open Society Institute Fellowship in 2002. As a feminist, survivor, and activist, Jacqueline Robarge has spent more than two decades working to end gendered violence and oppression. Her work has included trauma healing and justice projects, white anti-racism organizing, action research, and a range of human rights advocacy.
Jasmine Sankofa
Jasmine Sankofa
Jasmine Sankofa received her Juris Doctor degree in 2015 from UCLA School of Law with specializations in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law and Policy. After law school, Jasmine served as a fellow in the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and was placed at HIPS in Washington, DC. Prior to HIPS, Jasmine conducted research in South Africa in collaboration with sex workers and has interned at the Vera Institute of Justice, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project. She has also published two articles in law review journals complicating sex trafficking discourse and police reform efforts.
Savannah Sly
Savannah SlyBoard President
Savannah Sly (President) is a career sex worker who has made a point of trying every commercial sex modality available to them, from web-camming and stripping, to BDSM porn and Australian brothel hopping. Having cut their teeth in sex work at a cooperative massage parlor in Boston in 2004, Savannah has long known the harms of criminalization, as well as the power of unified, politicized whores. Savannah is a community organizer, event producer, videographer, staunch critic of prohibition, musician, kinky queerdo, and general Jack-of-All-Sex-Trades. Savannah is deeply honored to serve on the SWOP-USA Board of Directors.
Serena Sullivan
Serena Sullivan
Serena Sullivan is a feminist educator, writer, full spectrum doula, sex worker, community organizer, and activist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as Certifications in Birth, Postpartum, Loss, and Abortion Care, Childbirth Education, Lactation Education, Placenta Encapsulation, and Babywearing Education and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching English As A Second Language (Pre-K-12) and a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Science (5-12). Serena is passionate about using her academic, personal, and professional experiences to provide care and education to sex workers, low-income Women of Color, immigrant women, and survivors of gender-based violence and their children. Serena hopes to eventually transition into a career in Healthcare as a Physician’s Assistant in order to provide free reproductive healthcare and resources to sex workers in the future. During her free time, Serena enjoys volunteering with and adopting animals in need of loving care and homes, traveling, writing poetry, and binge watching Netflix shows.

Staff

Smitty Buckler
Smitty BucklerOmbudsperson
Smitty is an amalgamation of grey area politicized identities who believes actions speak louder than words/labels and thus invites you to visit their website (http://smittybuckler.com), where you can find their werk cv, and artist cv, and/or their posts on twitter (https://twitter.com/smitzter). Their activism often means interfacing with people and systems they often disagree with in order to advocate for their communities. Enthusiasts of Smitty say among their other qualities, one is phlebotomizing the patriarchy of all its evil blood, replacing it with liquid glitter. This is apparent in their art and the fierceness they bring to intersectional activism. In whatever spare time they can collect they have been creating opportunities for qtpoc spectrum artists with intersectional identities since 2005 through the Collective of Geniuses (CoG). CoG is now working with SWOP Seattle to bridge the gap between art as social change and essential healing tools with a project called Rad Care.
Katherine Koster
Katherine KosterCommunications Director
Katherine has been involved in community organizing, education and advocacy for women for over 6 years. In addition to working for SWOP-USA, she serves on the board of SWOP Behind Bars where she manages responding to letters from and meeting then needs of incarcerated women with sex trade experience. Previously, Katherine was a SWOP-Chicago board member. As an undergraduate, she worked as an educator with women in Palestine and Jordan and with low-income youth in Chicago Public Schools and studied sociology with a focus on urban low-income communities and gender. She loves traveling and speaks Arabic, German and Spanish in addition to English.
Riley Johnson
Riley JohnsonChapter Coordinator
Riley Johnson is an activist and consultant dedicated to connecting people to what they need. In addition to serving as SWOP-USA’s Chapter Coordinator, Riley is the executive director and co-founder of RAD Remedy, an award-winning community-driven nonprofit whose Referral Aggregator Database is the first review and referral database for trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer health. When not engaged in movement work, Riley takes delight in corny puns, collecting community-created safer sex materials, and cavorting with chosen and leather family.
Jam Jones
Jam JonesBookkeeper