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.

Heroes of the Month

Heroes of the Month

Scientists for Sex Worker Rights

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’...
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...
Mark Your Calendars for December 17

Mark Your Calendars for December 17

December 17, 2020 – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers We’ve gathered a small sampling of the events taking...
NYC Council Repeals ‘Walking While Trans’ Ban

NYC Council Repeals ‘Walking While Trans’ Ban

December 10, 2020 In a historic vote, the NYC Council unanimously voted to repeal Resolution 0923: Loitering for the Purpose of...
Hero of the Month: Mataoe Aiden James Nevils

Hero of the Month: Mataoe Aiden James Nevils

December 8, 2020 Seeking medical care can be scary and stressful for anyone. Now imagine that you know you need medical...
The Palermo Protocol: 20 Years Later

The Palermo Protocol: 20 Years Later

November 24, 2020 The conflation of consensual adult sex work and human trafficking remains a harmful paradigm that continues to be...
Transgender Day of Remembrance Summit

Transgender Day of Remembrance Summit

November 19, 2020 The New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) hosted a Transgender Day of Remembrance Virtual Summit on November 19...
G.L.I.T.S. Opens First Housing Complex of its Kind

G.L.I.T.S. Opens First Housing Complex of its Kind

November 18, 2020 G.L.I.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society) unveiled their brand new housing complex — the first housing...
Mark Your Calendars

Mark Your Calendars

November 19-20, 2020 The New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) is hosting a Transgender Day of Remembrance Virtual Summit on November...
Hero(es) of the Month: Jet Setting Jasmine and Other Sex Workers Get Out the Vote

Hero(es) of the Month: Jet Setting Jasmine and Other Sex Workers Get Out the Vote

November 9, 2020 For a group too often overlooked and discounted in the political sphere, sex workers more than fulfilled their...
ACLU Research Brief Points to Decriminalization

ACLU Research Brief Points to Decriminalization

October 21, 2020 The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a research brief entitled “Is Sex Work Decriminalization the Answer? What...
DSW Welcomes New Director of Communications

DSW Welcomes New Director of Communications

October 15, 2020 Ariela Moscowitz is joining DSW as the director of communications. We are thrilled to welcome an incredible nonprofit...
DSW Featured at Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s Sexual Freedom Summit

DSW Featured at Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s Sexual Freedom Summit

October 15, 2020 DSW’s J. Leigh Brantly and Melissa Broudo spoke on a panel entitled “Fighting for Decriminalization in the Era...
Hero of the Month: Henri Tolbert of The Ishtar Collective

Hero of the Month: Henri Tolbert of The Ishtar Collective

October 14, 2020 DSW’s sex worker Hero of the Month is Henri Tolbert, co-founder and co-director of The Ishtar Collective (TIC),...
‘The Oldest Profession’ Podcast Returns

‘The Oldest Profession’ Podcast Returns

October 5, 2020 DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey will be departing the organization at the end of the month to more directly focus...
DSW’s Melissa Broudo Honored by National Trans Visibility March

DSW’s Melissa Broudo Honored by National Trans Visibility March

October 2, 2020 DSW’s Melissa Broudo received the Lou Sullivan Award from the National Trans Visibility March (NTVM) for her outstanding...