Created in December 2001, the Sex Workers Project is the first program in New York City and in the country to focus on the provision of legal services, legal training, documentation, and policy advocacy for sex workers. Using a harm reduction and human rights model, the SWP protects the rights and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry.
The SWP provides critical information to policymakers, activists, and the media on the human rights abuses faced by sex workers and those who are at risk for engaging in sex work. We use documentation-based advocacy, policy analysis, training and education, and collaboration with community-based service providers to advance practical, long-term solutions to the problems faced by this vulnerable and marginalized population. We document the lives of sex workers and put a human face on violations of their human rights.
The SWP works to ensure that the criminal justice system appropriately responds to the needs of sex workers; that victims of trafficking in persons have access to legal and other benefits; and that community-based service providers who work with sex workers have the expertise to assist them. The SWP works in the following areas: criminal justice reform; trafficking in persons; and human rights documentation.
To learn how to access our services, visit our Get Help link. For additional information, please visit www.sexworkersproject.org and contact us at: email@example.com. For media inquiries, please contact Sienna Baskin at (646) 602-5695. For an appointment or further questions, please call our warmline at (646) 602-5617.
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The Sex Workers Project has interships and externships available; see this page for details.
Most Recent Press
"Court for Prostitution Cases,"
New York Times,
September 27, 2013
"Intimacy on the Web, With A Crowd,"
New York Times,
September 21, 2013
"With record vacated, victim sheds the past,"
August 23, 2013