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

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)
SWP's Robin Richardson testifies to NYC Council
Robin Richardson will testify on behalf of NYC's Fair Chance Act – which would help end employment discrimination against sex workers and survivors of human trafficking! (JPG, 1.7MB)
SWP's Lynly Egyes honored by AILA
AILA honors Lynly Egyes as a Pro Bono Hero for her work in Artesia, New Mexico.
Sex Work Initiative Fall 2014
SWP participates in a series of events on sex work at John Jay University.
Support our fundraiser for 'Rosario'
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]
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
SWP and pro bono partner Weil, Gottshal win vacatur of 114 convictions for a client who survived trafficking.
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)