Decriminalizing Sex Work in Washington, D.C.

On January 31, 2020, DSW sponsored the submission of the Sex Worker and Community Health and Safety Act of 2020 to the District of Columbia’s Board of Elections. However, we have discontinued our efforts in D.C. for 2020 — see our statement:

We are offering a $100,000 grant to a qualifying local D.C. organization to run a decrim initiative in 2022.


For future reference:

At least 236* prostitution-related arrests D.C. residents could have been prevented so far in 2021, had D.C. had the opportunity to vote to decriminalize prostitution in November 2020.

*This is based on a conservative estimate using annual arrest averages from 2017 through 2019. There were 231 prostitution-related arrests in Washington, D.C., in 2017; 554 in 2018; and more than 800 in 2019. Data for 2020 is not yet available.