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.

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DSW Co-Hosts Anti-Trafficking Event in VT
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The Second Anniversary of Sex Worker Pride
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De Blasio To Change NYC Sex Work Policy
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NY Senate Fails Trafficking Survivors, Again
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DSW’s Melissa Broudo Featured in Film Series on Inspirational Women
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DSW Takes Action Against EARN IT
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DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey on Sex Work and Police Reform
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DSW Supports Criminal Justice Reform Bills in New York
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A New Bill Threatening Free Speech and Online Security Passes the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
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Fighting and Winning: Ceyenne Doroshow and the state of TGNCNB rights
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The Stripper Strike Goes National
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