JANET MOCK

JANET MOCK

She worked in the sex industry in order to fund her transition and has since gone on to write a book about her experience.

She is a hero for sex workers, especially trans sex workers.

DEBORAH PALFREY

DEBORAH PALFREY

Ran an escort agency in Washington, D.C.

Sentenced to prison then found hanged.

MARGARET CHO

MARGARET CHO

Comedian, actress, writer, producer, singer/songwriter, and passionate advocate for anti-racism, anti-bullying, and pro-LGBTQAI+ rights and visibility.

She has also been public about her experiences in the sex industry.

DONNA CASTLEBERRY

DONNA CASTLEBERRY

Donna Castelberry was killed by an undercover vice police officer in Columbus, Ohio.

She was trapped in the back seat and shot three times.

JIM NORTON

JIM NORTON

“By keeping prostitution illegal and demonizing all of its parties, we (you) are empowering pimps and human traffickers and anyone else who wants to victimize sex workers because they feel helpless under the law. Give sex workers rights. Give johns a break.”

DORA ÖZER

DORA ÖZER

24-year-old Turkish trans woman.

Found murdered in her home.

Hero of the Month

Hero of the Month

Elisa Crespo

Equality Model vs Nordic Model

Equality Model vs Nordic Model

April 20, 2021 Some are now calling the Nordic Model of Prostitution the Equality Model Attaching the term “Equality” to the...
DSW’s Ceyenne Doroshow Is Grand Marshal of NYC Pride

DSW’s Ceyenne Doroshow Is Grand Marshal of NYC Pride

June 27, 2021 The New York City Pride Parade, one of the most famous celebrations of Pride Month and historically the...
DSW Staff Featured in Documentary on Decriminalization

DSW Staff Featured in Documentary on Decriminalization

June 17, 2021 DSW’s J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly, Melissa Broudo and Ceyenne Doroshow are featured in “Sex Work is Work,” a powerful...
Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Is Marked With Intersectional Pride Series

Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Is Marked With Intersectional Pride Series

June 1, 2021 Each of the panels presented as part of Tulsa 100: Remember, Activate, Heal was impactful, educational, and transformative....
Mark Your Calendars

Mark Your Calendars

June 1-3, 2021 New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) and many other advocacy partners from across the country are gathering in...
NY Senate Passes the START Act

NY Senate Passes the START Act

May 24, 2021 The New York State Senate passed the Survivors of Trafficking Attaining Relief Together (START) Act (S.674/‍A.459), which would provide...
Hero of the Month: Norma Jean Almodovar

Hero of the Month: Norma Jean Almodovar

May 15, 2021 A relentless activist for justice, truth, marginalized groups, and simple human decency, Norma Jean Almodovar is a force...
Remembering Margo St. James

Remembering Margo St. James

May 1, 2021 DSW was thrilled to sponsor the online international memorial for legendary sex worker rights activist, Margo St. James....
DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

April 28, 2021 New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) hosted their annual advocacy day on April 28. The full day of programming...
Mark Your Calendars

Mark Your Calendars

May 1, 2021 DSW is proud to be one of the sponsors of a tribute to legendary activist Margo St. James....
Decriminalize Sex Work’s Statement on Manhattan DA’s Announcement

Decriminalize Sex Work’s Statement on Manhattan DA’s Announcement

April 21, 2021 Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance, following in the footsteps of other New York City boroughs, announced that...
DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

April 6: DSW’s Melissa Sontag Broudo and J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly joined other advocates for a panel on decriminalizing sex work organized by...
Hero of the Month: Gizelle Marie

Hero of the Month: Gizelle Marie

April 6, 2021 Gizelle Marie loves her job as a stripper. She loves it so much, in fact, that she has...
Welcome, Rebecca Cleary!

Welcome, Rebecca Cleary!

March 24, 2021 DSW is thrilled to welcome Rebecca (Becca) Cleary, J.D., to the team! Cleary joins DSW as a staff...
Mark Your Calendars

Mark Your Calendars

April 6, 2021: Equality New York (EQNY), a statewide advocacy organization working to advance equality and justice for LGBTQI New Yorkers...
Rhode Island Introduces Legislation Aimed at Protecting Sex Workers

Rhode Island Introduces Legislation Aimed at Protecting Sex Workers

March 8, 2021 DSW is pleased to be working with allies in Rhode Island on four bills critical to the health...
Decriminalization News From Oregon and Louisiana

Decriminalization News From Oregon and Louisiana

March 3, 2021: New Orleans District 91 State Representative Mandie Landry proposed a new bill decriminalizing prostitution in Louisiana on International Sex Workers’...
Heroes of the Month: Scientists for Sex Worker Rights

Heroes of the Month: Scientists for Sex Worker Rights

March 3, 2021 Since 2001, sex workers, allies, and advocates have commemorated International Sex Worker Rights Day on March 3 in an...
Mark Your Calendars

Mark Your Calendars

March 3, 2021: International Sex Workers Rights Day International Sex Worker Rights Day began in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers...
The Truth About the Equality Model

The Truth About the Equality Model

February 20, 2021 Sex workers in countries where the Equality Model1 has been implemented are frequently harassed and threatened by law...
Hero of the Month: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

Hero of the Month: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

February 16, 2021 Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, known as Miss Major, and most affectionately as “Mama” to many is the personification of...
DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

February 5, 2021 Charleston Law School invited DSW’s legal director, Melissa Broudo, to join their 13th Annual Law Symposium - SEXUAL...
A Victory Decades in the Making: New York Repeals the Walking While Trans Ban

A Victory Decades in the Making: New York Repeals the Walking While Trans Ban

February 3, 2021 After nearly fifty years of wreaking havoc on marginalized communities, the criminalization of loitering for the purpose of...
Mark Your Calendars for January 29

Mark Your Calendars for January 29

JANUARY 29, 2021 – New York Anti-Trafficking Network & Start Coalition Teach-In The New York Anti-Trafficking Network and the START Coalition...
Washtenaw County Decriminalizes Consensual Sex Work

Washtenaw County Decriminalizes Consensual Sex Work

January 15, 2021 In a major win for sex workers and other marginalized populations, Washtenaw County’s new prosecutor announced their office...
January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January 11, 2021 In a 2016 report, Amnesty International called on countries around the world to decriminalize consensual, adult sex work...
DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

DSW Staff Share Their Expertise

January 9, 2021 PornHub invited DSW’s legal director, Melissa Broudo, to share her expertise on legal issues related to sex work...
Hero of the Month: Alex Andrews

Hero of the Month: Alex Andrews

January 7, 2021 Alex Andrews is on a mission and she’s happy to have you get in her way. She’ll ask...