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Accomplishments in 2014

What we accomplished in 2014

  1. Held official meetings about once monthly.
  2. Held several unofficial, often impromptu meetings throughout the year.
  3. Offered our input via our responses to an Amnesty International-distributed questionnaire about experiences of sex workers. This questionnaire was part of an attempt by Amnesty International to listen to sex workers themselves before making an official decision regarding their position on the decriminalization of sex work.
  4. Sponsored a FREE film screening for International Sex Workers Rights Day 2014
  5. Participated in the NOLA Pride Parade (see June update)
  6. Started on list of Legal resources for sex workers
  7. Added to the existing list of Sex Worker-friendly healthcare providers/counselors
  8. Provided a FREE Sex-workers-only self-defense workshop at NOLA Shaolin-Do
  9. Co-sponsored (with Patois New Orleans International Human Rights Film Fest) screening of Lizzie Borden’s “Working Girls” at the Zeitgeist
  10. Supported (via donation, promotion, and attendance) BreakOut’s TDOR Kiki for a Cause – Benefit Show for BreakOut! at Lucky Pierre’s
  11. Held IDEVASW (International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers) 2014 event in NOLA. Marched through French Quarter, engaged with the public, distributed ~600 promo packs of safer sex materials, instructions for use, and SWOP-NOLA promo flyers
  12. Updated and reorganized general info related to the safety of sex workers.
  13. Maintained various info and resources about safety issues specific to NOLA and the places local sex workers work, made that info available to verified sex workers. Facilitated exchange of safety info among local sex workers.
  14. Overdose prevention (can’t get too specific with this, but look up “opioid overdose prevention”): distributed supplies and instructions
  15. Helped local sex workers (at their request) transition from criminalized to non-criminalized form of sex work
  16. Social support of local sex workers
  17. Public outreach through flyering, social media, etc.
  18. Recruitment of local sex workers through word-of-mouth
  19. Educated local sex workers about lesser-known aspects of Louisiana law as it relates to sex workers.
  20. Assisted local sex worker in choosing and enrolling in inpatient rehab program.
  21. Directed local current and former sex workers seeking help we don’t/can’t provide to other organizations or programs that could provide the help they needed.
  22. Whorecast!
  23. Drove over and hand-delivered condoms and lube to sex workers taking last-minute appointments 😉

Join us for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 12/17/14

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4pm

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December 17th - International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014 in New Orleans

December 17th – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014 in New Orleans

December 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Canal St. at Bourbon
New Orleans, Louisiana
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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2013 in NOLA

Did you see a crowd of red umbrellas on Bourbon St. this past Tuesday? Did someone give you one of these:

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If so, then thanks so much for making our International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2013 a success!

A couple of our members made a huge banner that we can reuse for other events (one side says SWOP-NOLA, and the other says International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers):

SWOP-NOLA Banner on Bourbon St. Dec 17 2013

SWOP-NOLA Banner on Bourbon St. Dec 17 2013
We knew we were off to a good start when, before we even started making our way down Bourbon, some guy slowed his car, unrolled his windows, and cheered us on, yelling “STOP THE VIOLENCE!” and “YEAH, SEX WORKERS!” Thanks, guy in the white car!

We had a lot of fun and talked to a lot of people along Bourbon St. about SWOP-NOLA and December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Everyone was super cool and supportive.

I took a few pictures, but they’re not very good because I was busy and carrying a bunch of stuff. Other members took better pictures, as did people on the street. When we got to the Oz and the Pub, we met some miniature ponies (!!!!!!) and a photographer from Ambush Magazine.

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Afterwards, we met up at the AllWays Lounge for refreshments, discussion of the significance of December 17th, and of course, good old social drinking.

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If you didn’t see our writeup by Missy Wilkinson in the Gambit online, you can read it here.

If you were there and you took pictures, please email them to swop.nola@gmail.com, or send us a link to them. Thanks!

Our next BIG event will be for International Sex Workers’ Rights Day, which is held annually on March 3rd. This presents a bit of a problem for us, as Mardi Gras is on March 4th this year. But it’s nothing a little brainstorming and rescheduling won’t solve. Stay tuned for more info!

Thanks again to EROS.com, XR Brand Passion Lubes, awesome individuals who made generous donations, AllWays Lounge & Theater, and everyone who came out!

Help Find Jessica Pratt – Dancer in town for Mardi Gras

From the Missing Help Find Jessica Pratt Facebook Page:

She met a couple friends in New Orleans to vacation/work. The friends changed their flights to come home the 7th instead but Jess decided to stay till her original departure date (10th). Wednesday 2/6/13 the friends supposedly had an argument and when Jessica allegedly kicked them out of the room (late wed/early thurs)they went to the airport to wait for their flight. But she checked into the Le Petit Motel on Tulane Ave thurs/fri. The desk clerk remembers talking to her sat to confirm she was staying again. He says he also saw her walk across the street to the bar shortly after noon sat. Jessica never returned for her things. Her family here in Des Moines haven’t talked to her since Tuesday 2/5/13.