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 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...
DSW Supports the Fight Against FOSTA in U.S. Court of Appeals

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

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

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

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...
DSW Makes Its Case at National Conference of State Legislatures

DSW Makes Its Case at National Conference of State Legislatures

August 6-8, 2019 Melissa Broudo, DSW’s general council and RI coordinator, and Kaytlin Bailey, DSW’s communications director, met with state...
Nevertheless She Existed: Kaytlin Bailey Presents a Sex Worker From History

Nevertheless She Existed: Kaytlin Bailey Presents a Sex Worker From History

July 31, 2019 DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey participated in Nevertheless She Existed, a live show and podcast produced at Caveat Theater....
2020 Candidates Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work

2020 Candidates Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work

July 11, 2019 Democratic 2020 Candidates Struggle Over Whether To Legalize Sex Work (CBS News, July 11, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey...
Queer Liberation March: Pride Without Barriers in NYC

Queer Liberation March: Pride Without Barriers in NYC

June 30, 2019 DSW attended the Queer Liberation March and political rally that followed on June 30, organized by the...
St. James Infirmary 20th Anniversary Gala

St. James Infirmary 20th Anniversary Gala

June 2, 2019 DSW co-sponsored the St. James Infirmary 20th Anniversary Gala held on June 2. Kaytlin Bailey celebrated their...