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.

DSW Welcomes New Directors

DSW Welcomes New Directors

October 5, 2020 Tasha Chambers and Ariela Moscowitz have joined DSW as the director of communications and director of community...
‘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...
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...
DSW Co-Hosts Anti-Trafficking Event in VT

DSW Co-Hosts Anti-Trafficking Event in VT

September 22, 2020 DSW partnered with The Ishtar Collective (TIC), a local sex worker rights organization in VT, to host...
Hero(es) of the Month: Honoring the Dancers of the Lusty Lady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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”

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”

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

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

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

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

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.

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

“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

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...