SWOP Las Vegas

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
Contact email: 
info@swop-lasvegas.com
Who do you work with?: 
We primarily work with female, male, and transgender current and former sex workers as well as their families, partners, friends, and community allies.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Current and former sex workers serve in leadership roles as co-directors. They also work as event organizers, educators/public speakers, members of community health and safety committees, outreach/harm reduction team members, and evidence-based policy advocates. Others simply attend meetings and events for social support and community-building.
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
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Two main challenges we face are criminalization and institutional violence as well as social stigma and discrimination.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We organize educational and advocacy events opened to the broader community to build relationships and an understanding that sex work is work, and sex workers are regular people who are a part of our community. We are committed to giving back by supporting and standing in solidarity with other oppressed and stigmatized groups.