Board of Directors & Staff2018-09-07T23:39:18+00:00

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.

Alex Andrews
Alex AndrewsTreasurer
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.

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.
Bettie Banshee
Bettie Banshee
Bettie Banshee is a Dominatrix, fetish performer/producer, and BDSM educator. She strives to lift the stigma surrounding BDSM and sexuality, stressing safety, common sense, and consent. She currently lives in Reno, Nevada. She earned a degree in Neuroscience, with research in social psychology. She is thrilled to have a career where She can actually use Her degree!

She is the chairwoman of Reno’s Femocracy chapter, works with a financial literacy nonprofit, and is a member of the Northern Nevada chapter of the National Leather Association. She is passionate about serving the community and elevating voices that have traditionally been silenced.

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.
Cris Bleaux
Cris Bleaux
Cris is a former escort who was spent most of his late teens and early twenties as a person experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Cris is a queer person who graduated from DePaul University with a focus on Communications in Social Justice and is an AmeriCorps, Public Allies Chicago alum. He has spent the majority of his 10+ year professional career focusing on harm reduction while supporting the LGBTQIA+ youth communities of Chicago as well as people with disabilities following Independent Living Philosophy. He also has experience as a former collective member of the Write to Win Collective (now part of the Transformative Justice Law Project) doing prison abolition work focusing on transgender and gender non-conforming folks in the Illinois prison system. Cris also has experience as a community organizer supporting Chicago’s queer young leaders through Lakeview Action Coalition and Center on Halsted.

Cris lives in Chicago with his adorable pitbull Gizmo and lives for the drag scene as well as spending time by Lake Michigan.

Justice Rivera
Justice RiveraPresident of the Board
Justice 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. Justice received her undergraduate degree in an Individualized Degree Program from the Metropolitan University of Denver in 2015. Justice 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.
Dr. Laura McGuire
Dr. Laura McGuire
Dr. Laura McGuire is a nationally-recognized sexuality educator, trauma-informed specialist, and inclusion consultant. She has worked as an instructor, presenter, educator, consultant, and trainer. Dr. McGuire earned her bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University and her graduate degrees in educational leadership for change from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. McGuire is a certified full-spectrum doula, professional teacher, a certified sexual health educator, and a vinyasa yoga instructor.
Rebecca Beauregard
Rebecca Beauregard
Rebecca has been working various roles in and alongside the sex industry since 2005. She researched body positivity in sex workers and was an active volunteer with the Utah AIDs Foundation before serving in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps. She went on to manage international projects providing emergency assistance to vulnerable populations living in conflict-affected areas across Yemen, Syria and Nigeria. Rebecca is excited to be part of SWOP to support sex workers and reshape the narrative around sex work. She gets nerdy about organizational and management literature and is conscious about the privilege that has been afforded by her skin color and actively seeks to address racism in her own heart as a regular practice. She holds a MA degree from SIT Graduate Institute in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management.
Rebel Rae
Rebel Rae
Rebel [she/hers] is a criminalized tech savy prostitute and adult model who uses her skills to provide safety tools for sex workers while advocating and fighting for decriminalizing prostitution. In 2015 she was convicted of aggravated assault for self defense as a trans sex worker against a violent assault. Founder of the SW UP app (removed temporarily for fortifying against FOSTA) and loud-mouth activist, she hosted the sex workers contingent at the Women’s March and lead organizing for International Whores Day in Las Vegas in 2018 as well as support networking for parents in sex work, leading lobbying, panels, and education efforts for politicians and the general public, and a close interface to street/bar prostitution in Las Vegas.
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
Zooey Zara
Zooey Zara
Zooey Zara is a Los Angeles based sex worker, international BDSM and bondage educator and performer, and fetish model. Her styling and modeling have been featured in publications such as PUMP Magazine and a bit of her bondage work can be seen on HBO’s Westworld Season 2. She is a recent law school graduate, and the newest director of photography, videographer, and editor at slavetobondage.com. She is also the newest director of the SWOP Los Angeles chapter and is committed to serving and building a supportive community in Southern California.

Staff

Christa B. Daring
Christa B. DaringExecutive Director
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.
Casey McKeel
Casey McKeelBookkeeper
Casey McKeel is a founding member of Thread Coffee Roasters and a former worker owner of Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse. She is doing bookkeeping for a number of radical organizations and studying for the CPA exam. She has also been a social justice organizer for the past 15 years, from doing activist photography to collaborating on actions and campaigns for racial, gender and economic justice. When not working, Casey can be found playing soccer, taking photos, building things and hanging out with her dog.
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.

Community Advisory Board

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!
Erica Presley
Erica PresleyCAB Member
Erica (they/she) is a sex worker, creative, and community organizer/activist in the Chicago area. Socially and politically identifying as a pro-heaux womxnist, their creative and community work centers the needs and working/living conditions of Black and Brown laborers of the sex trade. Erica is a survivor of domestic violence, forced labor, and homelessness. They work closely with more marginalized sex workers who are often times disproportionately discriminated against, policed, and harmed.
Mari
MariCAB Member
Mari (they/them/theirs) is nebulously nice and always silly, they committed to the intentional work of transformative justice and healing in community. They have experience in social identity development in higher education, community education, educational theater, and harm reduction. Mar has been based in DC for the past year, working in supporting folks who inject drugs and trade sex, but will be based in Michigan moving forward! They are super excited to be a part of the Community Advisory Board and have the opportunity to work with folks committed to doing this work. They are always down to answer any questions or would love to have a conversation and just get to know folks better!
Stephanie
StephanieCAB Member
Stephanie has worked in the non profit advocacy realm for over five years in the digital marketing, communications and event planning spheres. She is passionate about the arts and digital marketing consultant for small art and other businesses. Currently, she is in graduate school pursuing her Masters of Business with expected graduation of December 2018, which she will use for continuing artists and nonprofit advising. Additionally, she curates art shows throughout the United States, which takes her on the road often. She is honored to be amongst a star-studded cast of CAB characters on the Community Advisory Board.

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