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 11 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 FergusonSecretary
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 uses 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.
Christa B. Daring
Christa B. Daring
Christa B. Daring (they/them/theirs) is a former worker owner of 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 16 years since 2002. 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. They have worked in various sectors of the sex industry since 2007.
Magali
MagaliPresident of the Board
Magali 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.
Jacqueline Robarge
Jacqueline Robarge
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.
Alex Andrews
Alex AndrewsBoard Member
Alex is a 53 year old sex worker alumni who has lived experience under criminalization of consensual sex work. She is the Co-Founder of SWOP Behind Bars and sits on the Board of Directors of NSWP as the North American Representative. Alex has been working with men, women and trans folks who have been incarcerated and also have experience in the sex industry and works to reduce the shame, discrimination and stigma of sex work by showing up at community meetings and town hall discussions on trafficking and using herself as an example to demonstrate that sex workers are just like everyone else. She has been called a “watchdog” of anti trafficking activity and is committed to the unification of sex worker rights in the United States.

TS Jane
TS JaneVice President of the Board
TS Jane is a sex worker, a nurse, and a transgender rights activist from the Philippines. She is also a contributing member of STRAP (Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines), a non-profit organization who pioneered transgender rights activism in her native country. She advocates for trans sex workers in her community and works with issues such as safety of sex workers, prioritizing your health as a sex worker, self-care, and esteem, breaking the stigma and thriving in the sex industry. She had been invited to speak about her experiences as a sex worker in various delegations and conferences such as ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex Association) and World Association of Sexual Health. She loves to travel, cooking, watching TV and she’s a big sports fan. She resides in San Diego, California, and desires on pursuing her studies in sex therapy and human sexuality education. Follow her on twitter @gandakolangsd
Samone Nigam
Samone NigamBoard Member
Samone Nigam is an open-hearted individual who spends her time fighting for global reproductive rights, migrant justice, and an end to family and intimate partner violence. She has advocated for human rights by informing people around the world of their options for dealing with unwanted pregnancies, helping individuals navigate at-home abortions, sitting at the hospital bedside of survivors of rape and sexual assault, and through involvement in a number of affirmative asylum cases. Samone has 5+ years of experience working with individuals involved in the sex industry and practices compassion toward service providers and clients alike. Furthermore, she remains committed to the work that must be done in order to achieve safety and justice in the workplace for all sex workers. She is sex positive and fears no kink, fetish, nor fantasy as long as it is practiced with consent. When she’s doing things right, she’s most often found heating it up in the kitchen or on the dance floor.

Staff

Sangam 'Alopeke
Sangam 'AlopekeOmbudsperson
Sangam currently hails from Washington DC. They have been involved in a variety of volunteer advocacy and community health work since their teens, and also represented Deaf community interests for the Disability Policy Consortium, focusing on barriers to accessible medical care. They have been active in the street medic community for over a decade and are passionate about health justice advocacy. A worker-owner at Brighter Days collective in DC, they spend their days cuddling dogs and are interested in building up the co-operative ecosystem.

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Bas/Veronica
Bas/VeronicaCollective Faciliatator
Greetings and salutations, We’re a person who uses she/her, they/them and the royal We to describe Ourselves. We may be changing Our name soon, We’ve been going by Bas and are considering Veronica. Both names are acceptable to call Us by right now. We are a dog mom and bad ass writer/performer. We’re so excited to be with SWOP working to make the world a safer place for all Sex Workers!