Looking for an organization in your area to provide you with resources? Interested in donating and volunteering in your community? Curious about the global movement for sex workers' rights? Browse our directory! This list covers all known sex workers' rights projects that are currently in operation and have a web site where you can learn how to get involved. (There are perhaps twice as many groups in developing countries as you'll find listed here, but they have no web presence or anything to link.)

Our directory of activist groups does not cover organizations (such as low-income clinics) where attending to sex workers is only one part of their overall program. If you are a sex worker looking for friendly healthcare, harm reduction, or shelter services, please contact an activist group in your area for a referral. This list is up to date to the best of our knowledge, please let us know if we missed something, or if a group is no longer active. A lot of sex workers rights projects have come and gone over the decades, so when compiling our directory, web sites that had obviously not been updated in the last few years were not included. Also see our resources page for even more great links.

American/America-centric Organizations

By state: Arizona * California * Colorado * District of Columbia * Illinois * Louisiana * Massachusetts * Michigan * Missouri * Nevada * New York * Oregon* Pennsylvania * Rhode Island * Washington

International Organizations

Canada * Britain and Ireland * Europe * Asia and India * Australia and the Pacific * Africa * Latin America and the Caribbean

 

American/America-centric Organizations

Sex Workers Outreach Project USA
swopusa.org

"Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy."
Desiree Alliance
desireealliance.org

"The Desiree Alliance is a diverse, volunteer-based, sex worker-led network of organizations, communities and individuals across the US working in harm reduction, direct services, political advocacy and health services for sex workers. We provide leadership and create space for sex workers and supporters to come together to advocate for human, labour and civil rights for all workers in the sex industry."
HOOK
hookonline.org

"HOOK is a national, grassroots organization that seeks to support men who are or were part of the sex industry. By creating positive relationships among sexworkers to enable communication, sharing, and support, HOOK educates male sexworkers, clients, and the general public about the industry—its risks and benefits—to reduce harm and to develop a network of trained sexworker-sensitive service providers and nonprofit programs."
Adult Performers' Association
adultperformers.org

"An effort to create a resource rich, supportive, educational, association for adult performers who choose to opt in, and who wish to have a voice."
Sex Workers Without Borders
sexworkerswithoutborders.org

"Sex Workers Without Borders is an educational organization and advocacy group whose focus is the wide array of human rights issues involved with all forms of sex work, including both voluntary and coerced prostitution. Our mission is to use both media and live appearances to raise public awareness of sex workers’ human rights, and to combat the harm done by individuals and organizations who seek to deny those rights."
Free Speech Coalition
freespeechcoalition.com

The FSC is not a sex workers' right group, but they do get involved in issues that affect porn performers. "The Free Speech Coalition is the trade association for the adult entertainment industry. Our members consist of a broad range of adult businesses from producers and webmasters to manufacturers, retailers and many, many more."

 

 

Arizona

SWOP Tucson
swop-tucson.org

"SWOP-Tucson is the Tucson, Arizona chapter of SWOP-USA. Tucson has been one of the nation's foremost cities in the Sex Worker Rights Movement, hosting international events and festivals since 2001, and raising the awareness of our fight for equal protection under the law."

 

 

California

Center for Sex and Culture's Sex Worker Media Library - San Francisco, CA
sexworkermedialibrary.org

"Created with the goal of preserving sex worker culture and discourse, funded by a grant from the Creative Work Fund, the library features a pathfinder-based delivery system of digital materials documenting the stories, artistic expressions, history, and legal and social positions of sex workers internationally."
St. James Infirmary - San Francisco, CA
stjamesinfirmary.org

"St. James Infirmary offers free, confidential, nonjudgmental medical and social services for sex workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations. We are the first occupational safety and health clinic for sex workers run by and for sex workers!"
SWOP Bay Area
swopbay.org

"SWOP promotes proven and effective social policy approaches to the sex industry. In order to reach its goals, SWOP adopts the principles and practices of nonviolent action in order to reduce violence and achieve dignity and rights for sex workers."
Solace San Francisco
solacesf.org

A faith-based organzation for sex workers who seek a religious-centric support group. "Since 2008, we've partnered with men and women working within the adult entertainment industry. Our objective is to meet immediate needs as well as set up each individual for long term success physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually."
SWOP Los Angeles
swoplosangeles.org

"SWOP works to create a strong community of sex workers and allies to support each other and educate the public on the institutional harms committed against sex workers. SWOP-LA is made of current and former sex workers, allies, and clients who are all dedicated to improving the living and working conditions of sex workers."

 

 

Colorado

SWOP Colorado
swop-colorado.com

"SWOP Colorado is a social justice network, an advocating agency in behalf of former and current sex workers by former and current sex workers. We offer support, agency, confidentiality, legal resources, health and wellbeing resources, and we are generating a supportive environment for all sex workers, many of which feel that they have no voice, no resources, and no agency of support whether they want out of the industry or not."
SWOP Denver
@SWOPDenver

"SWOP Denver is the Denver chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project. We provide support and advocate for the human and legal rights of sex workers."

 

 

District of Columbia

HIPS - Washington, DC
hips.org

"HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers, advocates, and law enforcement officials as an outreach and referral service. HIPS mission is to assist female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives."

 

 

Illinois

SWOP Chicago
redlightchicago.wordpress.com

"Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago [SWOP-Chicago] is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of current and former sex workers in the Chicago area, on and off of the job."

 

 

Louisiana

Women With a Vision New Orleans
wwav-no.org

"The mission of Women With A Vision is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. We accomplish this through relentless advocacy, health education, supportive services, and community-based participatory research."

 

 

Massachusetts

SWOP Boston
swopboston.wordpress.com

"SWOP-Boston is a local chapter of the national organization SWOP-USA."

 

 

Michigan

SWOP Michigan
swop-mi.org

"Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) focuses on safety, dignity, diversity and the changing needs of sex industry workers, to foster an environment which enables."

 

 

Missouri

SWOP St Louis
@SWOPSTL

"St. Louis chapter of Sex Workers Outreach Project: Providing advocacy, support, and education to Sex Workers and their allies."

 

Nevada

SCAPA - Las Vegas, Nevada
scapa-lv.org

"SCAPA is an organization dedicated to serving the greater Las Vegas area alternative professionals population. Our site is intended to be a valuable resource for both women and men who provide adult services, including exotic dancers, massage and body workers, escorts, phone sex operators, and Southern Nevada brothel workers."

 

 

New York

Sex Work Awareness - New York City, NY
redumbrellaproject.com

"The Red Umbrella Project is founded on the belief that storytelling is a building block of movement building and solidarity. People who have spent time in the sex industries know all too well the social and legal stigmas that prevent us from being treated with the dignity and respect we deserve. While researchers, the media, and myriad others fill up page after page with stories about the sex trade, the voices of people who have lived this reality are consistently denied and erased."

The Sex Workers Project - New York City, NY
sexworkersproject.org

"The Sex Workers Project (SWP) provides legal services and legal training, and engages in documentation and policy advocacy, for sex workers. Using a harm reduction and human rights model, we protect the rights and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry."

PROS Network - New York City, NY
prosnetworknyc.org

"The PROS Network (Providers and Resources Offering Services to sex workers) is a coalition of sex workers, organizers, direct service providers, advocates, and media makers. We exist to collaborate on programs and campaigns around sex work-related issues in the New York metropolitan area."
SWOP / SWANK - New York City, NY
swop-nyc.org

"Sex Workers Outreach Project New York City (SWOP-NYC) and Sex Workers Action New yorK (SWANK) are both volunteer-based, grassroots organizations and part of a national network dedicated to improving the lives of current and former sex workers/those with experience in the sex trade in the New York metro area, on and off of the job."
Brunch and Bitch - New York City, NY
brunchandbitch.com

"We are a group of current and former exotic dancers who meet regularly in New York City to have brunch, share resources, and talk about workplace issues and concerns. We also host regular Know Your Rights trainings presented by attorneys with experience providing legal services to dancers."

 

 

Pennsylvania

Project SAFE - Philadelphia, PA
safephila.org

"Project SAFE's mission is to promote human rights-based public health among women working in prostitution on the street in Philadelphia. SAFE is an organization dedicated to ensuring the health, safety and survival of women on the street by providing advocacy, education and support using a harm reduction model."

 

 

Rhode Island

SWOP - Rhode Island

A new SWOP chapter forming in Rhose Island. Contact Bella Robinson at mysterymilfinri@yahoo.com, or call 401 203 5026.

 

Washington/Oregon

Northwest SWOP
nw-swop.org

"Our parent organization is a 'national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.'"

 

 

International Organizations

International Union of Sex Workers
iusw.org

"We're a group of people who work in the sex industry and adult entertainment, together with allies who support our aims. We believe that everyone in the industry, whether they are there through choice, circumstance or coercion, deserves the same human, civil and labour rights as other citizens."
Global Network of Sex Work Projects - International
nswp.org

"The NSWP conducts a mix of pro-active and re-active policy advocacy to support human rights and evidence based approaches to female, male and transgendered sex workers and strengthening sex worker communities."

 

 

Canada

West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals - Canada
wccsip.ca

"The West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals reflects the diversity of the sex working community — it includes women, men and trans-individuals as well as those from different ‘classes’ and varying capacities and abilities. More specifically, sex workers engaged are multi-literate and culturally diverse. First Nations, Asian, Caucasian, Black workers and those of mixed race are currently invested."
Sex Professionals of Canada
spoc.ca

"SPOC operates on the principle that all forms of consensual adult sex work are legitimate and valid. We provide a public voice that promotes the validity of our occupation."
Feminists Advocating for Rights and Equality for Sex Workers
firstadvocates.org

"FIRST is a coalition of feminists who have come together to support the rights of sex industry workers and advocate for the decriminalization of adult sex work.[1] We are guided by the fundamental principle that sex industry workers should have equal benefit of the human rights protections that are available to all members of Canadian society."
Maggie's Toronto - Canada
maggiestoronto.ca

"Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that in order to improve our circumstances, sex workers must control our own lives and destinies."
Stella - Montreal, Canada
chezstella.org

"Stella’s goals are: to provide support and information to sex-workers so that they may live in safety and with dignity; to sensitize and educate the public about sex work and the realities faced by sex workers; to fight discrimination against sex workers; to promote the decriminalisation of sex work."
Stepping Stone - Nova Scotia, Canada
steppingstonens.ca

"Stepping Stone was founded in 1987 and is the only organization in the Maritimes that deals specifically with street life and sex work from a harm reduction model. Our offices and drop-in centre are located in a modest, non-residential house, where many of our staff members are former sex-workers. Our support is crucial to the wellbeing of hundreds of female, male and transgendered sex workers, and we do this in several key ways."
SWAG Kingston - Ontario, Canada
swagkingston.com

"Sex Workers Action Group Kingston (SWAG Kingston) is a sex positive group run by sex workers, people with lived experience, allies, and agency members who strive to improve the lives of sex workers in Kingston and surrounding area."
POWER - Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada
powerottawa.ca

"POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work Educate & Resist) is a non-profit, voluntary organization founded on February 17th, 2008. Membership is open to individuals of all genders who self-identify as former or current sex workers, regardless of the industry sector in which they work(ed) (i.e. dancers, street level workers, in and out call workers, phone sex, etc.) and to allies who share our vision."
PIVOT - Vancouver, Canada
pivotlegal.org

"Pivot's mandate is to use the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion. Our name is metaphor for our approach to social change - by making the most tangible violations of human rights the focal point of our efforts, we exert maximum pressure in order to shift society toward greater equality and inclusivity."
PACE - Vancouver, Canada
pace-society.org

"PACE is a sex worker led and driven organization offering low-barrier programming, support and safe respite for survival sex workers in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."
PEERS - Victoria, Canada
peers.bc.ca

"PEERS is a non-profit society established by former sex workers and community supporters and is dedicated to the empowerment, education and support of sex workers, by working to improve their safety and working conditions, assisting those who desire to leave the sex industry, increasing public understanding and awareness of these issues, and promoting the experiential voice."
WISH - Vancouver, Canada
wish-vancouver.net

"Operated by women for the exclusive use of female survival sex workers, the WISH Drop-In Centre Society is a registered non-profit society that furnishes a variety of services within a nurturing and non-judgmental environment."
SWAN - Vancouver, Canada
google.com/site/swanvancouver

"We are a culturally diverse group of women working to provide culturally appropriate and language-specific support, education, research, advocacy, and outreach for trafficked, migrant and immigrant sex trade workers."

 

 

Britain and Ireland

Scottish Prostitutes Education Project - Scotland
scot-pep.org.uk

"SCOT-PEP was set up by and for sex workers and offers non-judgmental advice and support. Our aim is to promote health, dignity and human rights amongst those involved in the sex industry."
Turn Off the Blue Light - Ireland
turnoffthebluelight.ie

"We are a small sex worked led association of sex workers and others who care about the welfare of sex workers in Ireland. We are campaigning against calls to criminalise the purchase of sex, and for the health, safety, human, civil and labour rights of sex workers."
International Prostitutes Collective / English Collective of Prostitutes - UK/International
prostitutescollective.net

"Since 1975, the International Prostitutes Collective has been campaigning for the abolition of the prostitution laws which criminalize sex workers and our families, and for economic alternatives and higher benefits and wages. No woman, child or man should be forced by poverty or violence into sex with anyone. We provide information, help and support to individual prostitute women and others who are concerned with sex workers’ human, civil, legal and economic rights."
Sex Workers Alliance Ireland
sexworkersallianceireland.org

"SWAI is an alliance of individuals (sex workers, ex-sex workers and others) and organisations involved in health and social support services."
POW Nottingham - England
pow-advice.co.uk

"POW Nottingham is a model peer led charity that promotes health and dignity in prostitution through empowerment, support and peer education."
Manchester Action on Street Health - England
mash.org.uk

"MASH was established in 1991 to provide a confidential and specialised service to street and sauna based female sex workers and female drug users in the Greater Manchester area. The dedicated MASH team comprises of people who come from a variety of different backgrounds and the team is made up of non clinical and clinical workers."
X:Talk Project - England
xtalkproject.net

"The x:talk project is a sex worker-led workers co-operative which approaches language teaching as knowledge sharing between equals and regards the ability to communicate as a fundamental tool for sex workers to work in safer conditions, to organise and to socialise with each other."
SWISH (formerly SW5) - England
tht.org.uk/howwecanhelpyou/sexworkers/

"Free, confidential and non-judgmental support, advice and clinical services for male, female and transgender sex workers and escorts."
UK Network of Sex Work Projects
uknswp.org

"The aim of the UKNSWP is 'To promote the health, safety, civil and human rights of sex workers, including their rights to live free from violence, intimidation, coercion or exploitation, to engage in the work as safely as possible, and to receive high quality health and other services in conditions of trust and confidentiality, without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, culture or religion.'"

 

 

Europe

The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe
sexworkeurope.org

"The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) strives to raise awareness about the social exclusion of female, male and transgender sex workers in Europe, to promote the human and civil rights of all sex workers at national, regional and global levels and to create strong alliances between sex workers, allies and other civil society organisations."
TAMPEP - Europe
tampep.eu

"TAMPEP was founded in 1993 in response to the needs of migrant sex workers across Europe. It operates a community development and participation model, which is rooted within the equalities and human rights framework, lays the foundation for equitable access to support and services for migrant sex workers and seeks to give voice to migrant sex workers."
SexWorker.at - Europe
sexworker.at

"Established in Vienna 2005, sexworker.at is the sex worker run independent international network for sex workers and supporters in central Europe mostly but not only in German language. Our focus is on community building, peer support and sex work education on sustainable and safer sex work, decriminalisation advocacy and sex workers' human rights."
Il Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute (Committee for Civil Rights of Prostitutes) - Italy
lucciole.org (Italian for "fireflies")

Google Translation: "The Committee for Civil Rights of Prostitutes is a non-profit association founded in 1982 by prostitutes and, in 2004 the Committee has received the register in the regional NGO. Its main aim is to give aid to prostitutes."
De Rode Draad (The Red Thread) - Netherlands
rodedraad.nl

"The Red Thread was founded in 1985 by (ex) sexworkers with the aim to fight the rights of all sexworkers, who work in the Netherlands, whether male, female, Dutch or foreign. Its strong point is that its expertise comes straight from contacts with sexworkers."
Aspasie - Switzerland
aspasie.ch

Google Translation: "Aspasie is a solidarity association, created in Geneva in 1982 by prostitutes and their allies. In a non-judgmental attitude she defends the rights of persons exercising the sex, offering hospitality, information, prevention and support."
STRASS - France
strass-syndicat.org

Google Translation: "The Union of Sex Work (acronym STRASS) is a union-run that exists in France since March 20, 2009. It defends the rights of sex workers, that is to say mainly prostitutes but also escort girls / boys, pornographic actors and phone sex operators."
Cabiria - France
cabiria.asso.fr

Google Translation: "Our primary mission is health work, prevention and awareness vis-à-vis the STD, HIV, hepatitis. This mission was quickly involved work for social and legal as well as a fight against exclusion, further reflection on the human rights of prostitutes and a commitment to their side."
Madonna eV - Germany
madonna-ev.de

Google Translation: "Madonna eV was founded in 1991 by sex workers, former sex workers and women from other professions. In tradition of the whores movement is the self-help initiative, for the interests of sex workers."
Hydra - Berlin, Germany
hydra-berlin.de

Google Translation: "Since 1985 HYDRA eV has received continuous public funding, through the establishment of a counseling center was made possible. The staff sometimes have their own prostitution experiences. They commit to a greater understanding of prostitutes in the community and work for the legal and social equality of prostitutes with other workers."
Maiz - Austria
maiz.at

Google Translation: "We fight for the legal and social betterment of all migrants and actively engage in social conflicts over migration and an (anti) racism. In addition to consulting and education services, therefore, our activities include political culture, work, public actions and scientific research projects."
LEFÖ - Austria
lefoe.at

Google Translation: "LEFÖ is an organization by and for immigrants and was established in 1985 by exiled women from Latin America. Over the past 25 years has tried LEFÖ to respond due to migration movements to the changing complex needs of immigrant women. LEFÖ has done in Austria in working with immigrant women in the sex work and with victims of trafficking in women pioneers."
Pro-Tukipiste - Finland
pro-tukipiste.fi

"Pro Centre Finland is a registered non-profit organization which supports and promotes the civil and human rights of individuals involved in sex work. We offer professional low threshold social support, health care services and legal advice for sex workers in Helsinki and Tampere regions. Our services are free of charge and anonymous as well as politically and religiously independent."
SWAN - Eastern Europe and Central Asia
swannet.org

"The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network is a network of civil society organizations engaged in advocating the Human Rights of the sex workers in Central and Eastern Europe, CIS and South-East Europe."

 

 

Asia and India

Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers
apnswdollhouse.wordpress.com

"Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers is a coalition of sex worker groups and projects working on issues of HIV and Human Rights for female, male and transgender sex workers across Asia and the Pacific. We use an arts based approach to ensure the involvement of grass roots sex worker activists who can't speak English. We see video as a tool of change."
Zi Teng - Hong Kong and China
ziteng.org.hk

"Zi Teng is a non-governmental organization formed by people of different working experiences. They are social workers, labor activists, researchers specializing in women studies and church workers etc. who care and concern about the interest and basic rights of women."
Mplus+ Thailand
mplusthailand.com

"Mplus+ is a non-profit organization based in Chiang-Mai, Thailand, which works primarily to promote sexual health for men who have sex with men (MSM). Mplus+ was founded by USAID in 2004, after reports of increased HIV/AIDS prevalence among the MSM population in Northern Thailand. Although male sex workers (self-identified as gay or heterosexual) are their most important target group, Mplus+ also serves the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender communities. "
EMPOWER Foundation - Thailand
empowerfoundation.org

"We are sex workers. We are workers who use our brains and our skills to earn an income. We are proud to support ourselves and our extended families. We look after each other at work; we fight for safe & fair standards in our industry and equal rights within society. We are a major part of the Thai economy, bringing in lots of tourist dollars. We are active citizens on every issue… politics, economics, environment, laws, rights etc. We try and find the space in society to stand up and be heard. Some see us as problem makers but actually we are part of the solution."
COSWAS - Taiwan
coswas.org

From an English-language site: "The Collective for Sex Workers and Supporters (COSWAS) was formed in 1999 to continue the fight for the rights of all sex workers in Taiwan, making it the only sex workers’ rights organization set up by sex workers and for sex workers on the island. In order to expand its influence, COSWAS welcomes supporters and volunteers to work hand-in-hand with ex-licensed prostitutes, street sex workers, as well as women working in tea houses, massage parlours, karaoke bars, brothels and pole-dancing clubs etc."
Tais Plus - Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia
taisplus.com

Google Translation: "In 1997, after the start assessing the situation in Bishkek - the capital of Kyrgyzstan - an initiative group of sex workers put to the establishment of 'trade union'. In 1998 this group began its work in HIV / AIDS. In 2000, the initiative group was officially registered and acquired the status of social organization."
Women's Network for Unity - Cambodia
wnu.womynsagenda.org

"The Women's Network For Unity is grassroots representative collective of Phnom Penh based Sex Workers. The network seeks to promote the rights of Sex Workers to earn a living in a safe environment, free from exploitation and social stigma."
Durbar - India
durbar.org

"Durbar represents 65000 sex-workers (Male, Female & Transgender) and is active in identifying and challenging the underlying socio-structural factors that help perpetuate stigma material deprivation and social exclusion of sex-workers."
SANGRAM - India
sangram.org

"SANGRAM started its work with women in prostitution and sex work from South Maharashtra and North Karnataka way back in 1992 and has since fanned out among diverse populations. SANGRAM is based in Sangli district, which has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in Maharashtra after Mumbai."

 

 

Australia and the Pacific

New Zealand Prostitutes Collective
nzpc.org.nz

"NZPC is an organisation comprising past and present sex workers and our allies. NZPC advocates for the human rights, health and well-being of all sex workers. NZPC is committed to working for the empowerment of sex workers, so that sex workers may have control over all aspects of their work and lives."
Scarlet Alliance - Australia
scarletalliance.org.au

"Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, through our objectives, policies and programs, aims to achieve equality, social, legal, political, cultural and economic justice for past and present workers in the sex industry, in order for sex workers to be self-determining agents, building their own alliances and choosing where and how they work."
Nothing About Us Without Us - New South Wales, Australia
nothing-about-us-without-us.com

"Our campaign is designed to address the emerging issues related to the NSW sex industry, especially the lack of consultation at all levels of government, with sex workers and peer sex worker organisations. Sex workers must be consulted and be included in EVERY meeting, panel, taskforce and roundtable that is formed to discuss the sex industry. No implementation policy, procedure, legal reform or directive should occur without detailed and in depth consultation with sex workers at all stages."
Magenta / SWOPWA - Western Australia, Australia
magenta.org.au

"Magenta and SWOPWA provide services to support and promote the health and safety of people involved in the sex industry."
SWOP - New South Wales, Australia
www.swop.org.au

"SWOP provides sexual health information and support to people who engage in sex work. We are the leading sex worker organisation in NSW for HIV, STI and Hepatitis C education and prevention. We run a variety of health promotion programs and provide outreach to sex industry workplaces. We also work with sex industry owners and operators to encourage the acceptance and maintenance of safe sex practices, and other forms of workplace health and safety."
Sex Worker Outreach Project ACT - Australian Capital Territory, Australia
aidsaction.org.au/swop/

"SWOP is a peer-based community organisation whose primary purpose is HIV & STI prevention, education and referral for sex workers in the ACT. SWOP promotes sex industry work as a valid occupational choice, and encourages recognition of personal and occupational rights."
SIN - South Australia, Australia
sin.org.au

"Promoting the health rights and wellbeing of sex workers in SA." Projects include outreach, operating a drop-in center, and publishing written resources and SIN Magazine.
RhED - Victoria, Australia
sexworker.org.au

"Resourcing Health & Education (RhED) is a service for the sex industry in Victoria. The service operates from 10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda and provides site based and outreach services in collaboration with relevant programs and agencies. RhED is committed to respecting and reflecting the needs of the sex industry, and actively promoting the rights of sex workers."
Sex Workers Union - Australia
sexworkersunion.org

"The Sex Workers Union is developing out of a need for industrial relations representation for sex workers and is a peer-based organisation, by sex workers, for sex workers. The SWU is a member of Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association."
Respect, Inc - Queensland, Australia
respectqld.org.au

"We are Queensland sex workers united to provide a formal medium to communicate sex worker issues and concerns so as to improve the rights of our peers and respond to our workplace health and safety and other needs regardless of gender, age, location, industry sector, legal status, cultural background or linguistic abilities."

 

 

Africa

SWEAT - South Africa
sweat.org.za

"SWEAT works to ensure that sex workers rights are defended, that sex workers have access to health and other services and that sex workers are respected and valued members of society. The organisation takes a rights based approach to its work and has 3 central programmes: Advocacy and Networking; Outreach and Development and Research and Knowledge Management. Our goals are to: advocate for the decriminalisation of adult sex work in South Africa; to address health and human rights abuses with sex workers; and to support the development of self representation of sex workers on a national and continental level in issues affecting them."
DANAYA SO - Mali
danayaso.org

Google Translation: "DANAYA SO 'House of Trust' was established in 1994 to improve the lives of free women in Mali. DANAYA SO is open to any woman living sex work irrespective of age and nationality. These women are Malian who meet their clients in the streets and in bars, "clandestine", Foreign and neighbors who live in brothels. Their ages ranged between 18 and 50."
Mwili Wangu, Chaguo Langu! (My Body My Choice) - Kenya
dec17kenya.org

"Our Overall Goal: To mobilize all key stakeholders to advocate for sex worker rights and ensure an end to violence against sex workers in Kenya. Our Values: As a group, we stand for freedom, diversity, harmony, integrity, equality, accountability, celebration, creativity, solidarity, choice and peace."
African Sex Worker Alliance
africansexworkeralliance.org

"The African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA) is a project housed at the Sex Worker Education & Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), an NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa. ASWA was formed to help bring an end to the human rights violations perpetrated against sex workers and to build in its place an enabling human rights environment in which sex workers enjoy the full scale of their rights."
WONETHA - Uganda
wonetha.4t.com and wonethablog.blogspot.com

"Women's Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA) is a sex worker organization established in 2008. Sex workers are facing a Health and Human Rights crisis in Uganda, yet very little is being done to protect their rights. Research carried out in Africa shows that criminalisation of sex work leaves sex workers particularly vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse from law enforcement officials."
Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) - Kenya
bhesp.org

"BHESP’s main objectives are: To serve as a focal organization and voice for bar hostesses and sex workers; Provide bar hostesses and sex workers with information and linkages to services on key issues affecting them; Promote self and behaviour change among bar hostesses and sex workers and Strive for justice and welfare of bar hostesses and sex workers in Kenya and support them to claim their rights."

 

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Rede Brasileira de Prostitutas (Network of Brazilian Prostitutes)
redeprostitutas.org.br

Google Translation: "The Network was established in 1987 during the First National Meeting of Prostitutes in Rio. To fulfill its mission, assisting the formation and training of associations of prostitutes, supports and promotes events and meetings of the class formulates policies in partnership with government and struggle to obtain legal recognition of the profession. The Brazilian Network brings together associations of prostitutes and collaborating institutions throughout Brazil."
Asociación de Meretrices Profesionales del Uruguay (Professional Prostitutes Association of Uruguay)
redtrasex.org.ar/uruguay.htm

Google Translation: "Sex workers in Uruguay founded the Professional Prostitutes Association of Uruguay in 1986 and two years later obtained legal status. Our initial goal was to help between the companions, counter police violence and defend the rights that are ours as sex workers and as women. Today, sex work is legal in Uruguay."
Red de Mujeres Trabajadores Sexuales de Latinamerica y el Caribe (Network of Women Sex Workers of Latin American and the Caribbean
redtrasex.org.ar

Google Translation: "Support and strengthen the Women's Organizations Sex Workers in the defense and promotion of Human Rights. That Latin American and Caribbean countries respect human rights of women sex workers."
Davida - Brazil
davida.org.br

Google Translation: "Davida develops activities such as prevention of STDs and AIDS among prostitutes and clients, organization of memorial center, newspaper publication Kiss of the Street, studies and research, speaks about public policies."
Colectivo de Hombres en Accion Comunitaria (Men's Collective in Community Action) - Mexico
hombresenaccion.org

Google Translation: "We are an association dedicated to working with the quality of life models sex workers, work to contribute to the defense of human rights, labor and health. Among our objectives are the prevention of HIV yotras sexually transmitted infections, promotion of legislation to benefit older citizens, and creating community centers in sexual health work."
Organización Girasoles (Sunflowers) - Nicaragua
redtrasex.org.ar/nicaragua.htm

Google Translation: "'Sunflowers' was founded by sex workers in Nicaragua in late 2007, after a two-year process of making contact with the RedTraSex in 2005. A total of 26 companions founded the organization, members of three departments of Nicaragua."
AMMAR - Argentina
ammar.org.ar

Google Translation: "In 1994 we began to form the Association of Women Prostitutes of Argentina (AMMAR) in response to the constant harassment and violence from the police. A few months later we joined the Confederation of Workers of Argentina (CTA), which made it possible to know other realities and abandon the self-exclusion, to recognize ourselves as workers."
Angela Lina - Chile
redtrasex.org.ar/chile.htm

Google Translation: "We came out in 1993 fighting for the defense of human rights of women sex workers in the name of APRODEM. From four National Meeting decided that the most important was to fight for the dignity of sex work, to be considered as workers with dignity and rights. In 2002 we became the National Independent Workers Union Angela Lina."
Asociación La Sala (The Lounge Association) - Costa Rica
redtrasex.org.ar/costa-rica.htm

Google Translation: "Our association is composed of active sex workers and former sex workers began to organize to improve the quality of life for all women. The Lounge is located in one of the working areas of San Jose, Costa Rica and is a place to share, rest, inform, consult and get the reference to referrals to other health services."
La Red de Trabajadoras Sexuales en Ecuador (Network of Sex Workers in Ecuador)
redtrasex.org.ar/ecuador.htm

Google Translation: "The Network of Sex Workers in Ecuador was crystallized as our dream come true in April 2005. Display was the result of our need as women sex workers in Ecuador to form a large organization with all associations and groups to fight ever harder to defend our human rights, integrating with dignity in society to improve our quality of life."
Orquídeas del Ma (The Sea Orchids) - El Salvador
redtrasex.org.ar/elsalvador.htm

Google Translation: "A group of female sex workers we met in October 2005 to form the Sea Orchids. We are organized for the purpose of deciding for ourselves as autonomous sexual workers, to injustice and the trampling of our rights. We realized that only if we are organized we can make our voice heard in society. We seek to achieve greater unity between the partners that perform the same job, so we really sex workers rights holders."
Mujeres en Superación (Overcoming Women) - Guatemala
redtrasex.org.ar/guatemala.htm

Google Translation: "Overcoming women emerged in 2000 with a view to maintaining an environment of solidarity and respect among female sex workers. In 2002, consolidated as an organization with the aim of reducing stigma and discrimination associated with sex work, fighting police and institutional violence and reduce the presence of HIV / AIDS and STIs among sex workers."
Asociación en PRO Apoyo a Servidores (Association for Support to Servers) - Mexico
redtrasex.org.ar/mexico.htm

Google Translation: "In 1985 we created the Association for Support to Servers to defend the human and labor rights of sex workers in the area of Sullivan and in 1997 we got the organization is legally constituted. Currently we work to defend human rights of sex workers in Mexico."
Unidas en la Esperanza (United in Hope) - Paraguay
redtrasex.org.ar/paraguay.htm

Google Translation: "A group of sex workers unite in October 2004 and created the United in Hope to fight for the vindication of the rights of women sex workers in Paraguay. At this time our focus has been viewed, to recognize that sex workers have rights."
El Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas (United Women's Movement) - Dominican Republic
redtrasex.org.ar/dominicana.htm

Google Translation: "The United Women's Movement (MODEMU) was born in November 1997 to work in defense of human rights of women sex workers."
La Asociación Civil de Trabajadoras Sexuales (The Civil Association of Sex Workers) - Peru
redtrasex.org.ar/peru.htm

Google Translation: "The Civil Association of Sex Workers 'Miluska Vida y Dignidad' surge in October 2002 in response to repression and police violence, and social institutions that we are victims of female sex workers. We decided to organize to make public the violation of our rights and make visible that sex workers are subject to rights, actors able to contribute prominently to the development of our country. The name of our organization pays tribute to Miluska, fellow sex worker murdered in Peru."