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Places that Help: Federal
Updated: November 14, 2019
WomensLaw cannot vouch for the information or services provided by these organizations.
*DC, MD, and VA ONLY* Amara Legal
Amara Legal Center provides free legal services to individuals whose rights have been violated while involved in commercial sex, whether involvement was by coercion, necessity, choice, or otherwise, in the D.C. metropolitan area. Services include orders of protection, public benefits services, advocacy in criminal cases, and other legal services sex workers may need.
*NEW YORK ONLY* Sex Workers Project
+1-646-602-5617 (SWP prefers phone calls)
The Sex Workers Project provides direct legal services and legal education workshops for sex workers, and trainings for service providers and community organizations.
The Desiree Alliance is a national coalition of current and former sex workers working together with supporting networks to constructively advocate for sex workers’ human, health, labor and civil rights. The Desiree Alliance has an annual conference for sex workers and about sex workers’ rights.
Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-USA)
877-776-2004 (x – 01)
SWOP is a national organization to support sex workers through a community support line, technical assistance, funding, and advocacy. They offer information on how sex workers in different industries can stay safe here.
The Help Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS) Program
HIPS helps people engaged in sex work, sex trade, and drug use to live healthy, self-determined, and self-sufficient lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization or oppression. Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS’ programs strive to address the impact that HIV/ AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence, and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in prostitution.
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