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

Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Save the Dates

Save the Dates

December 2: Panel Discussion The Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns...
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2021 Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed each year to commemorate and honor lives lost to acts of...
Decriminalization Gaining Momentum in Oregon

Decriminalization Gaining Momentum in Oregon

November 16, 2021 Advocates in Oregon filed a petition on the Sex Worker Rights Act which would decriminalize consensual adult sex...
Commission Studying Sex Work Law and Policy Convenes in Rhode Island

Commission Studying Sex Work Law and Policy Convenes in Rhode Island

November 16, 2021 A commission to study the health and safety impact of laws related to sex work met for its...
Gov. Hochul Signs START Act Into Law

Gov. Hochul Signs START Act Into Law

November 16, 2021 In a historic and long-fought victory, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Survivors of Trafficking Attaining Relief...
Conferences

Conferences

October 26: APHA’s Annual Meeting DSW’s J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly, Melissa Broudo, and Frances Steele attended the American Public Health Association’s Annual...
Save the Date

Save the Date

October 23: CAER (Caught) CAER (CAUGHT), an innovative hybrid narrative-documentary about trans Latina sex workers in Queens, NY, will be featured...
Mastercard Ignores Sex Worker Concerns

Mastercard Ignores Sex Worker Concerns

October 15, 2021 Despite widespread concern from adult content creators, Mastercard has proceeded with enforcing “special merchant” regulations for platforms hosting...
Hero of the Month: Kiara St. James

Hero of the Month: Kiara St. James

October 15, 2021 “The first act of resilience is to take a breath and acknowledge that we have a right to...
At Least 42% of U.S. Voters Want Prostitution Decriminalized

At Least 42% of U.S. Voters Want Prostitution Decriminalized

October 14, 2021 A national survey recently found that 42% of registered voters are in favor of decriminalizing prostitution, while 36%...
Backpage’s Mistrial

Backpage’s Mistrial

September 14, 2021 The founders of Backpage.com, Michael Lacy and James Larkin, are being tried in federal court, along with four...
DSW’s J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly on The Frontier Psychiatrists

DSW’s J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly on The Frontier Psychiatrists

September 7, 2021 In the latest episode of The Frontier Psychiatrists entitled ‘OnlyBans?’, hosts Dr. Carlene MacMillan and Dr. Owen Muir explore the...
Hero of the Month: Elle Stanger

Hero of the Month: Elle Stanger

August 26, 2021 Elle Stanger (she/they), or, as she is better known online, The Stripper Writer, has done it all. Sales...
OnlyFans Reverses Course

OnlyFans Reverses Course

August 25, 2021 Stunningly, OnlyFans reversed its decision to ban certain forms of explicit content on which its success was built....
Victory in Victoria

Victory in Victoria

August 13, 2021 Victoria, one of Australia’s six states, announced that it will decriminalize prostitution by 2022. Sex work was legalized...
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 Staff Advocates at Events Around the Country

DSW Staff Advocates at Events Around the Country

July 21: NACDL J. Leigh Oshiro-Brantly and Rebecca Cleary of DSW attended the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) annual...
Sex Worker Human Rights Commission Formed in OR

Sex Worker Human Rights Commission Formed in OR

July 15, 2021 The first ever Sex Worker Human Rights Commission convened sex workers, physicians, politicians, advocates, academics, labor rights organizers,...
Soliciting prostitution

Soliciting prostitution

In this guide to the soliciting prostitution charge, Decriminalize Sex Work answers questions about solicitation and other prostitution laws. What is...
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...
Hero of the Month: Elisa Crespo

Hero of the Month: Elisa Crespo

June 13, 2021 Elisa Crespo is fighting for a world where all people feel “included, safe, seen, and heard.” Right now,...
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...