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

As winter is turning to spring, we have felt a potent sense of momentum building at the Sex Workers Project.

We are ecstatic to share with you that The American College of Trial Lawyers selected SWP as the recipient of the 2014 Emil Gumpert Award. This prestigious and competitive award of $100,000 honors our track record of excellence and will support SWP in bringing an experienced and critical eye to evaluating and engaging with the new NYS Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.

SWP is also thrilled that Co-Director Sienna Baskin was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to take a three-month sabbatical in 2015 to study New Zealand's legal approach to prostitution geared towards safeguard the health and rights of sex workers.

The SWP team is also proud to be bringing an informed edge to mainstream dialogue on sex work. Sienna recently appeared on MSNBC's All in with Chris Hayes and Co-Director Crystal DeBoise spoke to HuffPost Live.

Please save Thursday, June 5th, 2014 for an evening of stories, celebration and garnering support with the SWP community.

Our team wants to mark all of this success, and more with, you!

Sincerely,

Liz Afton, Sienna Baskin, Melissa Broudo, Crystal DeBoise, Lynly Egyes, Braeden Lentz and Robin Richardson

What's New

Denise Brennan at Bluestockings
04/17/2014
SWP's Crystal Deboise discusses sex workers rights and human trafficking with Denise Brennan, author of “Life, Interrupted.
Collateral Damage
03/31/2014
SWP's Sienna Baskin moderates a free panel discussion on anti-trafficking campaigns at the San Francisco Hilton. (PDF, 404K)
UN condemns criminalization of trafficking victims
03/27/2014
The U.N. Human Rights Committee has urged the U.S. to end the prosecution of human trafficking victims for crimes that they are forced to commit. SWP was involved in this initiative.
SWP receives 2014 Emil Gumpert Award
03/25/2014
SWP wins the prestigious Gumpert Award for a project to impact the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.
Sex and the Law Week
03/17/2014
SWP's Sienna Baskin will participate in a lunchtime panel on the first day of Brooklyn Law School's Sex and the Law Week. (PDF, 352K)
Sienna Baskin on All in with Chris Hayes
03/13/2014
Chris Hayes of MSNBC talks to SWP's Sienna Baskin about legalizing sex work. [Video]
Human Trafficking in the United States
02/27/2014
SWP's Lynly Egyes will speak at this conference on trafficking at Temple University. [Livestream]
Clearing the Slate for Trafficking Victims
02/27/2014
SWP's Sienna Baskin will speak at an event at CUNY School of Law, discussing New York's law allowing trafficking survivors to vacate prostitution convictions.
Selling Sex Book Launch, Discussion, and Fundraiser
02/23/2014
A discussion and fundraiser for Hook to promote their new "Selling Sex" book, at Otto's Bar, 1538 East 14th St, Manhattan (between Avenue A and B).
Changing the NYPD: A Blueprint for Reforms
01/16/2014
Sienna Baskin of SWP will take part in a discussion hosted by UJC's Police Reform Organization Project. (PDF, 150K)
Slave Hunter: Freeing Victims of Human Trafficking,
12/09/2013
A letter to MSNBC about their current series on sex trafficking (PDF, 466K)
Translatina Network Award
11/15/2013
SWP’s Sienna Baskin will receive a “Community Recognition in Spirit” Award from the Translatina Network. Celebration at the LGBT Community Center (PDF, 230K)