Deborah Palfrey

Deborah Palfrey

Ran an escort agency in Washington, D.C.

Sentenced to prison then found hanged.

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.

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.

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.

Dora Özer

Dora Özer

24-year-old Turkish trans woman.

Found murdered in her home.

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.”

“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,...
DSW Welcomes Two Incredible New Team Members
December 1, 2019 DSW has gained two invaluable colleagues. Ceyenne Doroshow and J. Leigh Brantly will be joining the organization...
The Chip Franklin Show: “Prosecuting prostitution w/Kaytlin Bailey”
November 26, 2019 “Prosecuting prostitution w/Kaytlin Bailey" (The Chip Franklin Show, November 26, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is featured. “Chip...
Podcast: “You’re Wrong About… Human Trafficking”
November 25, 2019 “You’re Wrong About… Human Trafficking” (“You’re Wrong About…” podcast, November 25, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is featured....
Defense Lawyers Understand the Harms of Criminalization
November 20-22, 2019 DSW attended the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (NACDL’s) 2019 Defending Sex Crimes Seminar, an annual...
DSW Joins NYC Activists To Educate the Next Generation of Social-Justice Lawyers on Decriminalization
November 6, 2019 Melissa Broudo joined fellow activists and attorneys for a panel discussion on the whats, whys, and hows...
DSW and Allies Gear Up for Legislative Session in Rhode Island
November 2, 2019 DSW grantee COYOTE-RI (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) hosted a coalition meeting with human-rights activists in...
DSW Presents at the American Public Health Association Expo
November 2-6, 2019 DSW highlighted the public-health implications of decriminalizing sex work at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) annual...
No Vote Planned for Decrim Bill in D.C.
October 17, 2019 The District of Columbia City Council held a hearing on the Community Safety and Health Act of...
“Girls Do Porn” Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say
October 16, 2019 “Girls Do Porn’’ Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say (VICE, October 16,...
DSW Joins Community Organizers at a Trans/Sex Workers Rights Mixer
October 4, 2019 The New York State Gender Diversity Coalition convened at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar to exchange ideas about...
DSW Supports the Fight Against FOSTA in U.S. Court of Appeals
September 20, 2019 Earlier this year, DSW filed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit brought against the U.S. government...
DSW in the News
September 19: DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey was invited onto Newsmax TV with John Tobacco and Frank Morano to chat about sex work,...
DSW Attends International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference
September 5, 2019 DSW attended the International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference in Toledo, Ohio. The conference has been...
DSW Participates in Woodhull’s 2019 Sexual Freedom Summit
August 18, 2019 DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey attended the 10th annual Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit hosted in Washington, DC. She connected...