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Creating Community for Incarcerated Sex Workers

A chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)

The Mission of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Behind Bars

SWOP Behind Bars is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people who face discrimination from the criminal justice system due to the stigma associated with the sex industry. We advocate for the full decriminalization of adult consensual sex work and ending cash bail. We draw attention to the effects of generational poverty on sexualized violence against marginalized and vulnerable populations, especially women, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, people who use drugs, people with disabilities, and people living with HIV. Using a harm reduction framework, we provide services and support with a focus on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

What Does SWOP Behind Bars Do?

Since the inception of SWOP Behind Bars (SBB) in May 2016, SWOP Behind Bars has sent out over 25000 newsletters to prisoners in 14 states. We have coordinated over 2000 pen pals. We have coordinated more than 20000 books through Amazon Wishlists, 3000 book donations to prison libraries, and approximately 450 GED self-study guides to prisoners and prison libraries. We have funded 12 college level scholarships and presented at human rights conferences and rallies. We have provided reentry support for 120 recently released prisoners and we have published a reentry guide to help incarcerated people transition back to their community. We have fiscally sponsored 4 other like-minded organizations. We have a diverse Board of Directors that includes people who have been incarcerated or are still incarcerated. We support men, women, and trans folks.

Find out why SWOP is “Behind Bars”

New York Democrats announce plans to decriminalize sex work | Salon.com

Decrim NY has three goals: to decriminalize sex trade-related offenses in New York and pass legislation that protects people in the sex trade; to end the incarceration of sex workers and vacate criminal records related to prostitution; and to “destigmatize the sex trades,” according to a press release. The coalition also “supports evidence-based, harm reduction-rooted programs that empower people’s safety.” Salon dot com

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Pennsylvania prisons to stop copying inmates’ legal mail – The Morning Call

PA Prison Mail Update: Suit filed by Davon Hayes, who is serving a life sentence at Smithfield prison. Another lawsuit was filed by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. Article by: steve.esack@mcall.com Twitter @sesack

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We Oppose: FL SB 540 Prostitution Registry

Florida Senate Considers Creating Prostitution Registry: Florida Senate Bill 540 with the Orwellian title “Human Trafficking” would create a registry for people found guilty of the loosely defined crime of “soliciting, inducing, enticing, or procuring” another to commit “prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Such people, once prosecuted would be added to a registry entitled “Soliciting for Prostitution Registry.”

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