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

Joaquin Remora

January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Decriminalize Sex Work; Fight Human Trafficking January 11, 2022 Human trafficking, in any labor sector and at the hands of any...
NY District Attorney Bragg Includes Landmark Sex Work Reform in Policy Statement

NY District Attorney Bragg Includes Landmark Sex Work Reform in Policy Statement

January 3, 2022 Newly elected Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Alvin Bragg, the first African American to be elected DA in New...
2022 Bills That Endanger Sex Workers

2022 Bills That Endanger Sex Workers

January 1, 2022 Although legislators are increasingly recognizing the harms of criminalizing sex work, as this year’s legislative session opens, lawmakers...
State Bills to Watch in 2022

State Bills to Watch in 2022

January 1, 2022 Bills to decriminalize sex work are being considered in New York (S3075/A849), Massachusetts (H1867), Vermont (H630), and Missouri...
Honoring International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

Honoring International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 17, 2021 Each year, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (D17) brings together community members, advocates, and allies...
The Legacy of Gilgo Beach: Protect Sex Workers

The Legacy of Gilgo Beach: Protect Sex Workers

December 13, 2021 Too many violent criminals have admitted to targeting sex workers because it was less likely that the disappearances...
Burlington, VT City Council Votes To Remove Language on Sex Work From Its City Charter

Burlington, VT City Council Votes To Remove Language on Sex Work From Its City Charter

December 13, 2021 In a historic move, the Burlington, VT City Council unanimously supported a resolution to remove harmful, stigmatizing, and...
Federal Courts Rule, Title IX Protects Sex Workers from Discrimination

Federal Courts Rule, Title IX Protects Sex Workers from Discrimination

December 3, 2021 Coos County covers a rural stretch of Oregon’s coastline about 200 miles south of Portland, Oregon. The area...
Johns Hopkins University Hosts Panel on Decriminalization

Johns Hopkins University Hosts Panel on Decriminalization

December 2, 2021 The Oregon Sex Workers’ Committee (OSWC) collaborated with Woodhull Freedom Foundation to present a discussion on decriminalization and...
Hero of the Month: Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Hero of the Month: Gwendolyn Ann Smith

November 20, 2021 For Gwendolyn Ann Smith, the end of Rita Hester’s life was a beginning. Smith was living in San...
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...
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,...
The Charge of Soliciting Prostitution

The Charge of Soliciting Prostitution

In this comprehensive guide to the charge of soliciting prostitution, DSW answers the most frequently asked questions about solicitation and other...
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...