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 Peñaranda, 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

Sex Work Initiative Fall 2014
10/22/2014
SWP participates in a series of events on sex work at John Jay University.
Support our fundraiser for 'Rosario'
10/20/2014
Please help us to give legal assistance to 'Rosario', a young mother from Latin America held in detention in Artesia, NM.
Know the Laws [video]
09/05/2014
SWP and Hook Online have created a video series to help you understand the laws affecting individuals choosing to work in the sex industry. Watch the videos here and send in your questions for future episodes.
Weil Wins Vacatur of Convictions for Trafficking Victim
09/02/2014
SWP and pro bono partner Weil, Gottshal win vacatur of 114 convictions for a client who survived trafficking.
Lavender Law
08/23/2014
Sienna Baskin will speak at Lavender Law with Lambda Legal and Hook Online.
Coordinating Responses to Trafficking
07/17/2014
SWP will be taking part in a training session organized by the Family Justice Center. (PDF, 604K)
SWP signs onto Alas letter
07/08/2014
SWP signs onto letter urging protection for unaccompanied minors at the border. (PDF, 215K)
Sex Workers Project Benefit
06/05/2014
Join us at a benefit for the Sex Workers Project - stories, celebration, sex worker rights, silent auction, stories, open bar and more.
Lynly Egyes at LeftForum
05/31/2014
SWP's Lynly Egyes will speak on a panel at LeftForum: 'Sex Workers Unite: A Collective Call for Decriminalization and Community Support'.
Letter to the Human Rights Council
05/29/2014
SWP joins GAATW in a letter about the hiring of a Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking. (PDF, 55K)
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)