ISWRD 2015: SWOP SWAP and CRAWFISH POTLUCK in the PARK EXTRAVAGANZA
PATOIS Film Fest – NOT YOUR RESCUE PROJECT: Sex worker rights minifest
Know Your Rights – Sex Workers Rights Group Launches ‘Know Your Rights’ Card
Press Inquiry from Cosmopolitan Magazine
What we accomplished in 2014
- Held official meetings about once monthly.
- Held several unofficial, often impromptu meetings throughout the year.
- 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.
- Sponsored a FREE film screening for International Sex Workers Rights Day 2014
- Participated in the NOLA Pride Parade (see June update)
- Started on list of Legal resources for sex workers
- Added to the existing list of Sex Worker-friendly healthcare providers/counselors
- Provided a FREE Sex-workers-only self-defense workshop at NOLA Shaolin-Do
- Co-sponsored (with Patois New Orleans International Human Rights Film Fest) screening of Lizzie Borden’s “Working Girls” at the Zeitgeist
- Supported (via donation, promotion, and attendance) BreakOut’s TDOR Kiki for a Cause – Benefit Show for BreakOut! at Lucky Pierre’s
- 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
- Updated and reorganized general info related to the safety of sex workers.
- 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.
- Overdose prevention (can’t get too specific with this, but look up “opioid overdose prevention”): distributed supplies and instructions
- Helped local sex workers (at their request) transition from criminalized to non-criminalized form of sex work
- Social support of local sex workers
- Public outreach through flyering, social media, etc.
- Recruitment of local sex workers through word-of-mouth
- Educated local sex workers about lesser-known aspects of Louisiana law as it relates to sex workers.
- Assisted local sex worker in choosing and enrolling in inpatient rehab program.
- 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.
- Drove over and hand-delivered condoms and lube to sex workers taking last-minute appointments 😉
This is a follow-up of the stuff we talked about at the meeting on Saturday–see previous update from Oct 14th
Self Defense class on November 14th
Friday, November 14
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
at NOLA Shaolin-Do
4210 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, 70117
(St. Claude at France St.)
Please let us know if you can make it!
On the website, under “Resources” —> “Legal” (swopnola.org/category/legal), we’re putting together a list of relevant legal resources. This includes:
- Louisiana Lawyers & Legal Resources Relevant to Sex Work: This is mostly Louisiana criminal defense lawyers who represent people with prostitution and prostitution-related charges, plus lawyers who have experience representing people in the biz (escorts, strippers, etc.) in Family court, civil court, etc.: Louisiana Lawyers, Legal Resources Relevant to Sex Work
- Free & Low-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys in Louisiana (not necessarily related to sex work): Lots of free and/or low-cost legal resources, attys, resources for representing yourself, where to find forms for civil/family court, etc.: Free & Low-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys in Louisiana
- General info on Louisiana laws, your rights, etc.: laws regarding prostitution, what to do if arrested, etc. etc.: General info on Louisiana laws, your rights, etc.
So please add to these lists if you know of anything.
We have lots of stuff coming up, so we made an event calendar. Enjoy!
Have you heard of the SAVE (Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation) Act? Basically, now they’re going after ad sites like Backpage, Eros, etc. AND social networking sites under the guise of “saving the children” (they’re saying that “street gangs” use Backpage to “sell children” for sex). If this passes, we will be required to submit personal identification info not only to the sites we use for advertising, but to other sites that aren’t necessarily advertising sites, but are used by escorts for networking with clients, etc. And, as we saw earlier this year, the FBI can easily take over any damn website they please and access any and all info the company is saving on its servers (a few months ago, ad sites in California were seized by the FBI recently (indictment here) and it escalated from there with arrests, raids of the site owner’s home and prostitution charges (video) – Official press release here.
Social meetups for local providers, dancers, escorts, anyone in the biz, etc. Anyone working in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or the rest of Louisiana (or even along the Gulf Coast, if you want to drive that far) is welcome. No clients, no outsiders (unless otherwise stated).
On hiatus, because we’re all super busy and planning stuff is hard.
If you want to take this on, awesome! Let us know.
We can help with funding and refreshments, etc. For a lot of us, paying for stuff is easier than planning it. We are hoping and praying that’s not true for all sex workers in New Orleans, because we would love it if someone came along who really, really likes planning stuff