About the Sex Workers Project

The Sex Workers Project provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. One of the first programs in the nation to assist survivors of human trafficking, the Sex Workers Project has pioneered an approach to service grounded in human rights, harm reduction and in the real life experiences of our clients. Our professional service providers are multi-lingual, non-judgmental and bring more than ten years of experience.

As the only US organization meeting the needs of both sex workers and trafficking victims, the Sex Workers Project serves a marginalized community that few others reach. We engage in policy and media advocacy, community education and human rights documentation, working to create a world that is safe for sex workers and where human trafficking does not exist.

News from SWP

Big changes are happening at the Sex Workers Project.

The Urban Justice Center moved to a beautiful new space on September 26! Our new location is:

40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006.

Our phone numbers and email addresses will stay the same.

And thanks to your support - we have hired incredible new team members to help us meet the needs of sex workers and survivors of trafficking in New York City. By mid-October, our staff will grow to include:

Kate D'Adamo, who will be our National Policy Advocate, researching and advocating for sex workers across the US, especially on the issue of criminalization of HIV.

Jillian Hernandez, who will provide legal services to our clients through a Social Justice Initiatives Fellowship from Columbia Law School.

Katherine Park, who will join us as part of the Immigrant Justice Corps, increasing our capacity to offer excellent direct legal services to sex workers and survivors of trafficking.

Jessica PeƱaranda, who will lead our engagement with the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts, funded by the prestigious Emil Gumpert Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Caro Rodriguez-Fucci, who will be our new bilingual Counselor/Advocate informed by his roots in anti-oppression work within social justice communities.

What's New

Friendsgiving 2015
Friendsgiving is an evening of love for our community, awards presentation to community leaders, live music, food and beverages! This FREE event is a celebration of the people who give the work of SWP drive and purpose - people like you!
SWP Letter to Amnesty International
The Sex Workers Project applauds the recent move for Amnesty International to support the human rights and dignity of those in the sex trade by supporting decriminalization policies. (PDF, 120K)
SWP Press Release about Visa and Mastercard
SWP denounces the decision of Visa and Mastercard not to process payments for, a decision that endangers sex workers and trafficking victims. (PDF, 283K)
Letter to MSNBC about 'Sex Slaves in America'
Read the letter that we sent to MSNBC about their program 'Sex Slaves in America' (PDF, 186K). If you want, you can sign on.
Photos from emPower 2015
See Sam Cornwall's great photos of our emPower 2015 event.
After Decriminalization: Sex Work in NZ and Lessons for the U.S.
Join SWP's Sienna Baskin as she presents findings from her recent research in New Zealand.
emPOWER 2015
Join SWP and friends to celebrate the success, community and future of SWP.
Philanthropy Needs to Go Where Government Won't
Crystal DeBoise of SWP talks to 'Inside Philanthropy' about sex work.
Hiring a Development Manager
SWP is hiring for a Development Manager to assist in ensuring financial sustainability for the organization. (PDF, 174K)
Five things we should do better for survivors of human trafficking
The Hill has published Crystal DeBoise's article with recommendations for helping human trafficking victims.
U.S. Embassy TIP training
The U.S. embassy sponsored SWP to train state officials in Mexico to recognize victims of trafficking in persons. (PDF, 105K)
Friendsgiving Party
Come celebrate with SWP at our Friendsgiving Party! See the new office and meet the new staff. (6:30-09:00PM, 40 Rector Street, 9th floor)