PACE (Providing Alternatives Counselling & Education Society)

Location

Vancouver
Canada
Contact email: 
pace-admin@telus.net
Who do you work with?: 
PACE Society works with all Sex Workers (male, female and transgender sex workers). PACE works with the Sex Worker to address their self-identified needs and is open to working with clients, thirds parties, families, partners and friends at the members request.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
PACE Society is a peer-driven organisation which prioritises the hiring and involvement of Sex Workers.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
PACE Society works primarily like outdoor Sex Workers. The two main challenges they face is access to affordable housing/ safe working spaces. In addition they face considerable barriers accessing health and other social services due to stigma and poor treatment by health and other officials.
Describe other areas of your work: 
PACE has been providing support services and education to Sex Workers, by Sex Workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) for the past 20 years. Support services include: one–to-one counseling: case coordination; outreach services; drop-in; and peer accompaniments delivered within a harm reduction model.