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(es) of the Month: Honoring the Dancers of the Lusty Lady
September 1, 2020 In 1996, the Lusty Lady in San Francisco became the first strip club in the country to...
DSW’s Melissa Broudo Featured in Film Series on Inspirational Women
August 18, 2020 DSW’s Melissa Broudo was featured in “As a Woman,” an interview-based film series diving into the lives...
Hero(es) of the Month: TS Candii, SX Noir, and Gizelle Marie Organize the Largest Sex Worker March in U.S. History
August 1, 2020 More than six hundred activists, community members, and allies, including DSW’s Ceyenne Doroshow and Frances Steele, filled...
DSW Takes Action Against EARN IT
July 22, 2020 In our last newsletter, DSW reported on how the EARN IT Act, a bill that recently advanced...
DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey on Sex Work and Police Reform
July 21, 2020 The Cape Cod, MA, chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America asked DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey to present...
DSW Supports Criminal Justice Reform Bills in New York
July 14, 2020 DSW’s Melissa Broudo and Frances Steele attended a rally in New York City supporting five state-level criminal...
Fighting and Winning: Ceyenne Doroshow and the state of TGNCNB rights
June 29, 2020 DSW consultant, cornerstone figure of the transgender, nonconforming, nonbinary rights movement, and founder of Gays and Lesbians...
Black Lives Matter
June 2020 Black people nationwide continue to be harassed and murdered by law enforcement, with little to no consequences. We...
Hero of the Month: Ceyenne Doroshow, Celebrating Pride Through Justice
June 14, 2020 DSW’s Hero of the Month for June is Ceyenne Doroshow — activist, organizer, and a cornerstone of...
DSW’s J. Leigh Brantly Co-founds Sex Worker Group in Vermont
June 9, 2020 A new sex worker rights organization was co-founded in VT by J. Leigh Brantly of DSW, along...
International Whore’s Day 2020: Virtual and Vibrant
June 2, 2020 The 45th annual celebration of International Whore’s Day (IWD) departed from the usual, where sex workers and...
DSW Debates Human Trafficking in the News
May 22, 2020 An opinion piece by DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey was published in the New Hampshire Union Leader in response...
“Six Feet Apart” Podcast With Alex Wagner Features J. Leigh Brantly
May 14, 2020 DSW’s J. Leigh Brantly was a guest on the Crooked Media podcast “Six Feet Apart With Alex...
Lobbying in the Time of COVID?
May 7, 2020 DSW participated in Equality New York’s LGBTQI Virtual Day of Action. Community experts led panels and webinars...
DSW Joins Virtual Town Hall With Movement Experts
April 25, 2020 DSW’s Melissa Broudo and J. Leigh Brantly were featured in the latest edition of New Pride Agenda’s...
DSW Participates in TGNC/NB Advocacy Day in NY
April 21, 2020 The New York State legislature is following social distancing protocol, and advocacy groups have organized virtual lobbying...
Our Bodies, Our Labors, Our Streets: International Women’s Day in NYC
March 8, 2020 The International Women’s Strike, also known as Paró Internacional de Mujeres, is a global movement of coalitions...
DSW Rallies With Activists To Pass the #WalkingWhileTrans Repeal
March 3, 2020 On International Sex Worker Rights Day, the Walking While Trans Coalition gathered at the Million Dollar Staircase...
Honoring Our Movement: International Sex Worker Rights Day
March 3, 2020 Sex workers and allied communities celebrated International Sex Worker Rights Day, a holiday that commemorates the tireless...
DSW Travels To Nairobi To Meet With the African Sex Workers Alliance
February 13, 2020 DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey sat down with the African Sex Work Alliance (ASWA) at its headquarters in Nairobi,...
WFF Wins Appeal in Federal Court
January 24, 2020 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that plaintiffs in the Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s...
Adult Entertainment Industry Supports DSW in the Fight Against Stigma
January 22-25, 2020 DSW attended the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards Conference in Las Vegas. At this annual expo, meet-and-greet,...
Opinion: It’s time to decriminalize sex work and focus on actual crimes
Opinion: It’s time to decriminalize sex work and focus on actual crimes (Orange County Register, January 10, 2020)
2019 In Review: DSW Concludes Its First Year
January 1, 2020 This month marks Decriminalize Sex Work’s first full calendar year as a national advocacy organization. It is...
Cato Institute podcast: “Understanding Models of Legal Sex Work”
December 28, 2019 “Understanding Models of Legal Sex Work” (Cato Institute podcast, December 28, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is featured....
DSW Staffers Participate in LGBTQI and Sex Worker Rights Panel
December 18, 2019 DSW’s Melissa Broudo and J. Leigh Brantly participated in the NY Transgender Advocacy Group’s LGBTQI Winter Cocktail...
DSW Honors International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 17, 2019 DSW joined sex-worker-rights activists around the world in honoring the International Day To End Violence Against Sex...
DSW Attends Two Key Conferences
December 4-6, 2019 Kaytlin Bailey shared DSW’s work at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC’s) Annual Policy Summit in Scottsdale,...