De Blasio To Change NYC Sex Work Policy

De Blasio To Change NYC Sex Work Policy

September 2, 2020 NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has changed his stance on sex work, moving away from full criminalization and toward support of the Entrapment Model, according to a statement he made in response to questions about the arrest and prosecution of Layleen Polanco. De Blasio announced he does not...
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NY Senate Fails Trafficking Survivors, Again

NY Senate Fails Trafficking Survivors, Again

July 21, 2020 Through our work with the New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN) and the START Coalition (named for this bill), DSW has been tirelessly advocating for the Survivors of Trafficking Attaining Relief Together (START) Act, a bill allowing survivors of trafficking to clear their criminal records of arrests stemming...
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Sex Workers Slammed by the Pandemic Say City Council Aid Misses the Mark

Sex Workers Slammed by the Pandemic Say City Council Aid Misses the Mark

Sex Workers Slammed by the Pandemic Say City Council Aid Misses the Mark (The City, August 12, 2020)
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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 out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, threatens the very heart of online security and privacy. The legislation claims to go after the online sexual abuse of minors. In a...
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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 justice reform bills that will be voted on — and hopefully passed — this legislative session. The rally featured impacted community members who shared personal experiences and state-wide data to...
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‘We’re Fighting, and We’re Winning’: G.L.I.T.S. Founder Ceyenne Doroshow on Raising More Than $1 Million for the Black Trans Community

‘We’re Fighting, and We’re Winning’: G.L.I.T.S. Founder Ceyenne Doroshow on Raising More Than $1 Million for the Black Trans Community

‘We’re Fighting, and We’re Winning’: G.L.I.T.S. Founder Ceyenne Doroshow on Raising More Than $1 Million for the Black Trans Community (Vogue, July 6, 2020)  
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Corporate Pride Events Can’t Happen This Year. Let’s Keep It That Way.

Corporate Pride Events Can’t Happen This Year. Let’s Keep It That Way.

Corporate Pride Events Can’t Happen This Year. Let’s Keep It That Way. (Buzzfeed News, June 16, 2020)
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Queens Prosecutor Is Wrong About Human Trafficking and Arresting Johns

Queens Prosecutor Is Wrong About Human Trafficking and Arresting Johns

Decriminalize Sex Work www.DecriminalizeSex.Work Contact: Kaytlin Bailey, Communications Director kaytlin@dswork.org (m) 919-649-7725 NEW YORK, NEW YORK May 25, 2020 Queens Prosecutor Is Wrong About Human Trafficking and Arresting Johns On Monday, May 18, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the creation of the Human Trafficking Bureau to “prosecute sex and...
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Queens DA’s new Human Trafficking Bureau will prosecute sex traffickers, pimps and johns

Queens DA’s new Human Trafficking Bureau will prosecute sex traffickers, pimps and johns

Queens DA’s new Human Trafficking Bureau will prosecute sex traffickers, pimps and johns (Queens Daily Eagle, May 18, 2020)
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Dangerous Bail Reform Rollbacks Pass in the NYS Budget Amidst Pandemic Crisis

Dangerous Bail Reform Rollbacks Pass in the NYS Budget Amidst Pandemic Crisis

April 3, 2020 Amidst the rising tide of the COVID-19 crisis, a dangerous and controversial budget has passed both chambers of the New York legislature and been signed into law. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins (D-Yonkers) championed the dangerous and controversial bail reform rollbacks...
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Hero of the New York Transgender Community Passes Away From COVID

Hero of the New York Transgender Community Passes Away From COVID

March 30, 2020 Lorena Borjas, fearless transgender activist, tireless advocate, and hero of our movement, passed away at Coney Island Hospital from COVID-19. She was 59 years old. Lorena was the heart of New York City’s translatina community. She dedicated her life to ensuring those around her had the support...
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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 in more than 50 countries, organizing around International Women’s Day each year. The movement began in 2017 to honor the work of women across the world, organizing against the criminalization...
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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 in the Albany Statehouse to speak out about trans rights in New York State. DSW’s J. Leigh Brantly joined activists representing the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) and the...
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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 efforts of harm-reduction advocates around the world. The holiday began in India in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers from around the world gathered there for a festival organized by...
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February Hero

February Hero

Marsha P. Johnson Honored by Governor Cuomo as He Endorses “Walking­ While­ Trans” Repeal February 1, 2020 Marsha P. Johnson is the first to be honored by DSW’s monthly hero campaign. Ms. Johnson, who passed away on July 6, 1992, was a queer liberation activist and one of the most...
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NY Gender Diversity Coalition Introduces Legislative Platform

NY Gender Diversity Coalition Introduces Legislative Platform

January 8, 2020 The New York State Gender Diversity Coalition, led by the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG) including 35+ NY nonprofit organizations, met with NY state legislators in Albany concerning the coalition’s 2020 legislative platform. NYTAG is a trans-led organization that advocates tirelessly for more inclusive gender-based policies, benefitting...
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Opponents of Sex Work Decriminalization Launch 2020 Legislative Fight

Opponents of Sex Work Decriminalization Launch 2020 Legislative Fight

Opponents of Sex Work Decriminalization Launch 2020 Legislative Fight (Queens Daily Eagle, November 26, 2019)
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NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

October 1, 2019 A good prostitution-related bill that passed the Assembly side of the NY legislature in June is still pending in the state Senate. This legislation — known on the Senate side as S981A — would fully vacate the criminal convictions of human-trafficking victims. In 2010, NY became the...
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Tiffany Cabán Concedes Queens DA Race

Tiffany Cabán Concedes Queens DA Race

August 6, 2019 Tiffany Cabán came within 60 votes of winning the Queens DA race, running on a platform of decriminalizing and decarcerating nonviolent offenders such as sex workers. She specifically pledged her support to the sex work community. After a lengthy recount process, she conceded on August 6. Despite...
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“Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

“Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

Just before the June 30, 2019, kickoff of the World Pride March in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed A2707, a new law that bans the "gay and transgender panic" defense from being used in murder cases prosecuted in New York State. The panic defense has historically been...
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Tiffany Cabán: Champion of Sex Workers’ Rights

Tiffany Cabán: Champion of Sex Workers’ Rights

Campaigning for district attorney of NYC, Tiffany Cabán initially declared victory on election night, June 25, 2019, but a full recount is currently ongoing due to how close the original count was after absentee ballots were figured in. The process is expected to take a few weeks. If victorious, Canán...
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Cuomo Nixes Last-Minute Effort To Legalize Prostitution

Cuomo Nixes Last-Minute Effort To Legalize Prostitution

Cuomo Nixes Last-Minute Effort To Legalize Prostitution (New York Post, June 17, 2019)
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New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act”

New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act”

June 10, 2019 On June 10, Assemblywoman Julia Salazar, in tandem with local coalition DecrimNY, announced that she would be introducing a series of bills in the NY legislature that would fully decriminalize sex work in New York State. While it usually takes years to enact legislation into law, the...
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State Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Legalize Prostitution

State Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Legalize Prostitution (New York Post, June 10, 2019)
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A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights

A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights

A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights (The New Republic, June 9, 2019)
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Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Wants To Decriminalize Prostitution

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Wants To Decriminalize Prostitution

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez wants to decriminalize prostitution (New York Post, April 8, 2019)
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The Case of Jane Doe Ponytail

The Case of Jane Doe Ponytail

The Case of Jane Doe Ponytail (The New York Times, October 16, 2018)
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NYPD Vice Prostitution Ring

NYPD Vice Prostitution Ring

7 New York Police Officers Arrested in Prostitution and Gambling Investigation, Authorities Say (The New York Times, September 12, 2018)
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Mayor Bloomberg Says He Wants Confessed Hooker Teacher Melissa Petro Yanked From Classroom

Mayor Bloomberg Says He Wants Confessed Hooker Teacher Melissa Petro Yanked From Classroom

Mayor Bloomberg Says He Wants Confessed Hooker Teacher Melissa Petro Yanked From Classroom (Daily News, September 29, 2010)
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