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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.


 

Legislators of this century have continued to fail to realise that prostitutes are not a special breed of women with compulsions to indulge in criminal behaviour... socially, culturally and psychologically prostitute women pursue lifestyles little different to the millions of other single working women, wives and mothers in the... community. Popular mythology keeps prostitute women separated from other women in people's minds, while the law, founded as it is in 19th century puritanism, keeps them separated in the social order.

-Working girls: prostitutes, their life and social control by Roberta Perkins

 

Initiatives to “end demand” for prostitution harm women and undermine service programs!

 End Demand Fact Sheet

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Registration is still open!

Desiree Alliance Conference Schedule
Sunday and Monday, July 14 and 15
Tuesday, July 16
Wednesday, July 17
Thursday and Friday, July 18-19

or download pdf version of schedule here

Call for Performers for Thursday, July 18th Show and Party
"The Incredible Edible Cabaret and After Party"


Note: The deadline for proposals and scholarships has passed.
Contact us if you have further questions.

 

Register for the conference now

http://www.desireealliance.org/conference/Registration.htm

 

Note: The deadline for proposals and scholarships has passed.
Contact us if you have further questions.


5th National Desiree Alliance Conference
The Audacity of Health: Sex Work, Health, and Politics
July 14th to 19th, 2013 • Las Vegas, Nevada

Desiree Alliance organizes conferences to provide leadership and create space for sex workers and supporters to come together to advocate for human, labor and civil rights for all workers in the sex industry.

Sex workers have long been at the forefront of of promoting health and safety, from peer-based sex education, to creating clinics, to organizing 'bad date' lists and more. Health and safety is central to sex work in so many different ways, as we strive towards healthy, safe workplaces, emotional health, healthy relationships within and outside of sex work, healthy attitudes, healthy laws and policies and more. The 2013 Desiree Alliance conference will focus on all forms of health in our lives and in our communities.

The Desiree Alliance conference is a forum for people who have experience in sex work and sex trade and allies of sex workers. Sex work includes working as an exotic dancer, hustler, webcam model, street-based sex worker, massage worker, escort, prostitute, tantric practitioner, sexological bodyworker, living with the support of a sugar-daddy or a sugar-mama, having sex for housing / food / clothing, drugs, or having sex to get the money needed to survive. Our membership base is made up of current and former sex workers as well as activists that do not identify as sex workers themselves, but advocate for sex worker rights. Desiree Alliance is made up of women, men, LGBTQI persons, transgender persons, herm-identity, Other, hetero, etc., and many of our members are from (non) working class, low and middle income backgrounds.

The Desiree Alliance 2013 conference includes 5 tracks: 1. Academics and Policy 2. Activism 3. Arts, Entertainment and Media 4. Business Development and 5. Harm Reduction and Outreach. We are open to all sex work related proposals, and specifically welcome all submissions and proposals having to do with these general concepts: sex worker art, culture, and creative endeavors; positive aspects of sex work; harms that result from bad or shortsighted policies; and benefits of current sex worker-friendly policies. Contributors may be sex workers, academics, and anyone else interested in contributing. We are eager to receive proposals from sex workers themselves (you do not have to publicly self-identify), people of color, migrants, and all genders. We are accepting proposals from presenters until April 1st, 2013 (note extended deadline). Visit http://www.desireealliance.org/conference/CFP.htm for applications and instructions.

Desiree Alliance is committed to bring diversity that aims to provide safe spaces for the most marginalized to the least marginalized sex worker, providing education, networking, and alliance-building opportunities regardless of socio-economic status, color, sexuality, sexual identity, culture, class, race, religion, physical or mental capabilities, gender, gender identities, age, size, political beliefs, or immigrant status.

Register now to receive the early registration discount!

Although our funds are limited this year, some scholarships will be available.
Scholarship information will be posted here: http://www.desireealliance.org/conference/logistics.htm#scholar

For further information call (702) 701-0055 or email info@desireealliance.org.


Call for Performers for Thursday, July 18th
"The Incredible Edible Cabaret and After Party"

plus "Art on The Strip," July 17th


CALL TO ARTISTS: Do you have what it takes to perform for the Desiree Conference! If you do please submit! We are looking for performers, volunteers and a DJ for this year's events!

We are looking for performers of various disciplines, (burlesque, vocals, go-go boys/girls, stage kitten, dance, spoken word, walk around showgirls/boys etc) volunteers to help the events run smoothly (door person, stage manager and more) including a DJ, to entertain attendees. Submit for either "Art on the Strip" on Wednesday July 17, 2013 or at The Incredible Edible Cabaret and After Party, on Thursday July 18, 2013.
Please send all inquiries, with a short description of your performance, with stage requirements (video, audio, lighting, etc), plus a brief bio with contact info & the night you're available (and links to press stories & video clips if you have any) to Akynos at gmail dot com.


 

Donate* to our 2013Conference!

We are a fiscally sponsored nonprofit project for Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs so we can receive tax-deductible contributions.*

Donate to the
Desiree Alliance Conference Scholarship Fund

through PayPal

Contribute to the Scholarship Fund to assist with Desiree's commitment to social justice, inclusion and leadership for all sex workers from the most to least marginalized among us. These social justice efforts are central to Desiree's mission and to the sex worker movement in general. ANY amount is greatly appreciated as a token of your support for social justice in the sex workers movement.


Donate to the
Desiree Alliance Conference General Fund

through PayPal

We greatly appreciate all contributions of any amount. As you can imagine producing a national conference is very expensive, Our registration fees are very low to encourage attendance from diverse communities, so we rely on the support of volunteers and contributors like you.Thank you so much for supporting the Desiree Alliance 2013 Conference!


Donate directly to Desiree Alliance at SEE

If you prefer, you can donate by visiting the link above with information about payment by credit card and check. It's important to ensure that you type in "Desiree Alliance" as the project name when filling out your credit card information. 
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Desiree Alliance Leadership

The Desiree Alliance has been extremely busy in this last year restructuring our organization from within. We are pleased to announce our Strategic Committee members. The Strategic Committee (SC) was selected to assist leadership in organizational and conference-planning decisions of the Desiree Alliance. We strongly feel that these individuals collectively exhibit solid representations of the organization's mission for an all-inclusive member-base. Please welcome these fantastic activists who by coming together in the best interests of Desiree, assures that the future of the organization remains true to our social justice principles.

Introducing:
Bhavana Nancherla Desiree Alliance & SWOP NY
Juba Kalakma Deep Dickollective; PeaceOUT Homohop Festival and Multi-layered Activist
Melissa Sontag-Broudo Consulting Att'y for Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center
Penelope Saunders Best Practices Policy Project
Sandy Guillame Desiree Alliance & Harm Reduction Advocate

Alternates:
Jill McCracken Desiree Alliance, SWOP USA
Deon Haywood Women With A Vision WWAV- New Orleans

Consultant:
Carol Leigh BAYSWAN- SF

Conference planning time is here! We will be seeking volunteers to help plan and coordinate our July 2013 conference. Please email Sharmus if you are interested in volunteering volunteer@desireealliance.org
Please add "Sharmus-Conference volunteer" in the subject line.

We are seeking grant writers and fundraisers to help us prepare for the conference. Interested people can email director@desireealliance.org Please add "Grant Writer-Fundraiser" in the subject line.

In Solidarity,
Sharmus & Cris


Sponsors and Supporters of Desiree Alliance

Desiree Alliance, along with our sponsors and supporters,
is pleased to announce the 5th National Sex Worker Conference

The Audacity of Health:
Sex Work, Health and Politics

Las Vegas, Nevada, July 14th to 19th, 2013

 

Desiree Sponsors have included:

BAYSWAN, Best Practices Policy Project (BPPP), Center for Sex and Culture (CSC), Erotic Heritage Museum, Harm Reduction Coalition, International Sex Worker Foundation for Art, Culture and Education (ISWFACE), Progressive Leadership Alliance Nevada (PLAN), St. James Infirmary, Sex Work Awareness, SWOP USA, SWOP Tucson, SWOP LV, SWOP Chicago, SWOP NorCal, SWOP Santa Cruz, The Sex Workers Project, Sin City Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), $pread Magazine

Our supporters:

Amanda Brooks's Internet Escort's Handbook http://www.theinternetescortshandbook.com

Exotic Dancer Net http://www.exoticdancernet.com

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Past conferences

2010
"Working Sex: Power, Practice, and Politics"
July 25th to 30th, Las Vegas, Nevada
Conference 2010 :: CFP 2010
Schedule 2010 :: Speakers' List 2010

Logistics 2010

2008
"Pulling Back the Sheets: Sex, Work, and Social Justice"
July 16-20, Chicago
Conference 2008 :: CFP 2008
Schedule 2008 :: Speakers' List 2008

Logistics 2008
 

2007
"Sex Work: Culture, Policy, and Benefits; Exploring the Lives of Sex Workers and their Diverse Realities"
July 14-27, San Francisco
Convergence 2007 :: CFP 2007
Schedule 2007 :: Speakers' List 2007

Logistics 2007

2006
"Re-visioning Prostitution Policy: Creating Space for Sex Worker Rights and Challenging Criminalization"
July 9-12, Las Vegas
Conference 2006 :: CFP 2006
Schedule 2006 :: Speakers' List 2006
Logistics 2006

 
Conference Feedback
2007 Conference Feedback
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2006 Conference Feedback  
"I can't say thanks enough. This was life changing-I'll be at the next 
one if time, money, and the universe allows!!!!"

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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.

We are a fiscally sponsored nonprofit project for Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs so we can receive tax-deductible contributions.*

You can also donate by visiting the link below. It's important to ensure that you type in "Desiree Alliance" as the project name when filling out your credit card information. 
https://p10.secure.hostingprod.com/@www.saveourplanet.org/ssl/Donate.html

Your credit card statement will only say "Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs."

Please, also email a note so that we can track your donation. Please email us at desiree2013[at]desireealliance[dot]org
The subject with be "Desiree donation through SEE"


If you prefer to donate by check or money order, you can send mail to:

Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
22231 Mulholland Hwy Suite 209
Calabasas, CA 91302


Checks/money orders must be made payable to SEE with Desiree Alliance in the memo.

All contributors who give more than $50 will receive a thank you note and tax-deduction voucher directly from SEE. 

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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. For further information call (702) 701-0055 or email info@desireealliance.org.


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