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December 2: Panel Discussion

The Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is hosting a panel entitled “Beyond Sex Work Decriminalization: Possibilities and Priorities for Marginalized Sex Workers.” The panel is a collaboration between Woodhull Freedom Foundation and the Oregon Sex Workers’ Committee (OSWC). It will be moderated by Biance Beebe, co-chair of the Oregon Sex Workers Committee and a student at JHU. The event will feature four incredible panelists: Tamika Spellman, Interim Policy and Advocacy Director at HIPS DC, Esther K, Kaycee Voorhees-Washington, and Joaquin Remora, director of Our Trans Home SF and a DSW community engagement consultant.

The conversation promises to be an insightful and creative exploration of the impact of sex work decriminalization in Oregon and beyond. The OSWC advocates for decriminalization as an essential component of a public health framework that recognizes and protects the human rights of sex workers, but also emphasizes that decriminalization is not the end of the road for sex workers’ rights: it’s just one of many important steps in the long pursuit of equity and justice. Register here and stay tuned for more details on social media!

December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (D17)

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (D17) has been observed annually since 2003. The day brings together sex workers and allies to memorialize and honor lives lost to violence and abuse. The event was founded by Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington.

Each year, on D17, we call attention to the need to end the stigma and discrimination perpetrated against sex workers, particularly those who live with intersecting vulnerabilities. This involves individual accountability, but also challenging systems that allow for the institutional abuse of people who are or are perceived to be substance users or involved in the sex trades.

Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S.) will be hosting an event on the evening of December 16th. Stay tuned for the registration link on DSW social media channels. To see a full list of D17 events in your area, please visit https://december17.swopusa.org/. Please join us in commemorating this important day!

DSW Newsletter #30 (November 2021)

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Conferences

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 anti-transgender violence. TDOR originated in 1999, following the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who...
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Hero of the Month: Gwendolyn Ann Smith

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Save the Dates

December 2: Panel Discussion The Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is hosting a panel entitled “Beyond Sex Work Decriminalization: Possibilities and Priorities for...
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