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.


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

What's New

Know the Laws [video]
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.
Lavender Law
Sienna Baskin will speak at Lavender Law with Lambda Legal and Hook Online.
Coordinating Responses to Trafficking
SWP will be taking part in a training session organized by the Family Justice Center. (PDF, 604K)
SWP signs onto Alas letter
SWP signs onto letter urging protection for unaccompanied minors at the border. (PDF, 215K)
Sex Workers Project Benefit
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
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
SWP joins GAATW in a letter about the hiring of a Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking. (PDF, 55K)
Denise Brennan at Bluestockings
SWP's Crystal Deboise discusses sex workers rights and human trafficking with Denise Brennan, author of “Life, Interrupted”.
Collateral Damage
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
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
SWP wins the prestigious Gumpert Award for a project to impact the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts.
Sex and the Law Week
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)