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Diversity Statement

The Desiree Alliance conference organizers are committed to support for representation and inclusiveness of cultural, racial, economic, age, and gender identity. Please read our Diversity Statement and join our efforts to build a respectful, diverse, and strong sex worker movement.

  Members   and   Partners

Mission:             

The Desiree Alliance is a diverse, 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.


Desiree Alliance* is a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social scientists, professional sex educators, and their supporting networks working together for an improved understanding of the sex industry and its human, social and political impacts. Our focus is on building local and regional leadership and constructive activism in the sex worker population to advocate for sex workers' human, labor and civil rights.

The most important goal of the Desiree Alliance is to be part of efforts to reinvigorate the sex workers' rights movement in the US. Therefore, all of our actions in the last years focused on building leadership and constructive activism in the sex worker population. While the Desiree Alliance promotes rights and justice for people engaging in sexual commerce, we collaborate and stand with organizations working in overlapping struggles for the rights of sexual and gender minorities, sexual rights in general, reproductive rights and human rights.

Desiree Alliance is committed to nonviolence. This means that we adhere to the tenets of principled nonviolence in the achievement of our goals, and we disdain the use of violence by any person or group of people to achieve any goal- be it political, practical, or spiritual. We are comprised of members who work to end violence against sex workers, believing that violence against any human is violence against all humans.

Foundational to our alliance is the common desire amongst all members- both groups and individuals- to promote social justice and gender equity. Often marginalized, sex workers and their allies face many ideological obstacles to our aims, and these are often fuelled by misinformation. Misinformation has been a driving force behind many dehumanizing tactics used by oppressors throughout history, and in the case of sex workers unfortunately there is no difference. Misinformation and outright prejudice are often responsible for the actions of serial killers and other abusers of sex workers.

Nonviolent principles seek to re-humanize those who have been dehumanized, and in the process bring humanity back to those who dehumanize (for they, too, have compromised their own humanity by allowing themselves to use the tactic of dehumanization). Desiree hopes that by adhering to the principles of nonviolence, we can bring about the fundamental change in each person needed to achieve the justice we seek for those among us who may have ideas about the use of their bodies which challenge others' beliefs. More information on nonviolence can be found here.

Desiree Alliance wishes to change fundamentally the way sex workers are perceived by society. We recognize that our project is one which will require a great amount of time and patience, but we gain inspiration from civil rights movements which have gone before us; including but not limited to the suffragettes' movement of the 1800s and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. 


You can contact us by:

email: info[at]desireealliance[dot]org

Postal mail: 

Desiree Alliance
PO Box 361 Fort Smith
Arkansas 72902

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Desiree Alliance Is:

Sharmus Outlaw
Desiree Alliance Co-Director
director[at]desireealliance[dot]org

Cris Sardina
Desiree Alliance Co-Director
director[at]desireealliance[dot]org

Bevin Bermingham
Desiree Alliance Financial Coordinator

accounting[at]desireealliance[dot]org

Founding team members are:

Stacey S.
Founder, Desiree Alliance
Student, Sex Worker

M. Lopez, MSc
Co-Founder, Desiree Alliance
Founder, SWOP-LV
Former Sex Worker
Researcher, Advocate 

S. Lewis
Co-founder, Desiree Alliance

Barb Brents, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology, 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kate Hausbeck, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology, 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Crystal Jackson 
Graduate Assistant

Women's Research Institute of Nevada, UNLV

Carol Leigh
Sex Worker and Performance Artist
Director, BAYSWAN

Elizabeth Nanas
PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
Wayne State University, Ohio

Robyn Few
Director, Sex Workers Outreach Project, USA

Penelope Saunders, PhD
Founder, Different Avenues
Founder and Director, Best Practices Policy Project

Natasha Sommers
Transgender Rights Advocate, Sex Worker

Aleta Baldwin
B.A. Student, Women's Studies
UNLV
Intern

Our membership information and member organizations can be found here.


Funding for Desiree Alliance

Desiree Alliance is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As such, we depend on donors for funding. Over the years we have received very much appreciated grants from the following organizations, to whom we owe much gratitude for their belief in our mission:

A.J Muste foundation
http://www.ajmuste.org/mustenotes.htm

Astraea Foundation

Ben and Jerry's Foundation

Common Counsel Grassroots Funding Exchange

Craigslist Charitable Fund

Open Meadows Foundation

RESIST Foundation

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Third Wave Foundation

We join with the following in their endeavors for social, health, and gender justice worldwide:

International Women’s Health Coalition, With Women Worldwide
http://www.iwhc.org/withwomenworldwide/compact.cfm

 
The Desiree Alliance is a diverse, 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.

*Donations: Desiree Alliance is a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please make checks payable to SEE/Desiree Alliance. If you are donating by credit card, please note that Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, or a variation of SEE, will show up on your credit card statement. Your donation is tax deductible.


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