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Desiree Alliance is a national coalition of current and former sex workers working together with supporting networks for an improved understanding of sexual policies and its human, social and political impacts of criminalization’s surrounding sex work.  Our priorities are building local, regional, and national leadership to constructively advocate sex workers’ human, health, labor, and civil rights.  We commit ourselves to the tenets of human rights and base our foundations upon equality, empowerment, and agency, to bring those voices into constructive and productive leadership roles in the sex worker rights movements and umbrella issues unique to sex workers.   We advocate for the full anti-criminalization of all consensual sex work.

It is with great sadness and much consideration that Desiree Alliance announces the cancellation of our July 2019 conference Transcending Borders: Immigration, Migration, and Sex Work.  Due to FOSTA/SESTA enactments, our leadership made the decision that we cannot put our attendees and our organization at risk.  We hope you understand our grave concerns as we continue to resist every law that exists to harm sex workers!  Keep fighting!  Cris Sardina, Director – Desiree Alliance

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Contacts:

Janet Duran (212) 882-1161/N’Jaila Rhee newjerseyrua@gmail.com

P. Saunders, bestpracticespolicyproject@gmail.com

Cris Sardina, director@desireealliance.org

Akynos, blackSWCollective@protonmail.com

Monica Jones, theoutlawprojectinc@gmail.com

Sex Worker Rights Groups tell the United Nations how

the U.S. violates human rights

Newark, NJ – October 3rd, 2019  – Today, the Black Sex Worker Collective, the Outlaw Project, Desiree Alliance, BPPP and New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance submitted a shadow report to the United Nations.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a United Nations session to hold member countries responsible for their human rights records. The United States is being reviewed in 2020 for the first time in five years. Today we submitted a 10 page shadow report to the United Nations about the human rights abuses sex workers face and in the coming months sex workers will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to speak to member countries about the criminalization of our communities.

“We are calling on the United States to immediately end the atrocities of current border policies in the United States that impact all immigrants, including sex workers,” says Janet Duran of New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance. “Our report documents the death of migrant sex workers at the hands of state agents, the incarceration of migrant sex workers in rights violating detention centers, and the deportation of vulnerable people back into harm’s way. The deaths of people like Yang Song and Roxsana Hernandez must not happen again.”

The U.S. is obligated to uphold everyone’s human rights, including the rights to housing, education and healthcare; the right to be free from arbitrary arrest, due process violations, and invasions of privacy; the right to be free from torture and inhumane treatment; the rights of migrants; as well as rights related to the U.S. obligation to eliminate racial discrimination. The U.S. violates these rights on a routine basis when it comes to sex workers and people in the sex trade. The UPR provides a space for the world to hear about how the U.S. has violated human rights over the past four years.

“The U.S. government has engaged in a sustained campaign to roll back the rights of transgender people and we are calling out these abuses at the UN so that the world will learn what is happening,” says Monica Jones, founder of the Arizona based Outlaw Project, “We believe that member states of the UN will agree that it is time to put an end to anti-sex work policing practices targeting transgender people.”

To download a full copy of the report pls visit: http://www.bestpracticespolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SWCoalition_UPR36_USA_2019.pdf

To download a short one page summary of the report pls visit:

http://www.bestpracticespolicy.org/2019/09/23/key-facts-about-human-rights-violations-sex-work-for-the-2020-upr-of-the-u-s-a/

To learn more about the UPR process visit:  tinyurl.com/UPR2020info

Desiree Alliance submits to The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination of Women – CEDAW on the General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the context of Global Migration (General discussion on TWGCGM)  CEDAW submission Feb 2019

On June 22-23, 2018, Desiree Alliance hosted a national summit with sex workers across the US to create a national rights and principles document. The National Sex Worker Anti-Criminalization Principles outline a working template for the movement, advocating for people impacted by labor issues, social stigma, and criminalization. The movement condemns any attempts at restricting sex worker autonomy and self-determination. We encourage all sw organizations and individuals to use this document in every aspect of self-determinations in our movement. 

NATIONAL SEX WORKER ANTI-CRIMINALIZATION PRINCIPLES

June 23, 2018

We offer up these principles to our movement as a working template for a national platform.

  1. General statement – We advocate for people impacted by labor issues, social stigma, and criminalization, and we condemn any attempts at restricting our autonomy and self-determination.
  2. Recommendations for all people –
    1. Support us in our struggle for justice and human rights and against those who would deny us access to the same services or rights because of our work.
    2. Respect us as the experts in our lives without assuming we are flawed in some way.
    3. We do not want punitive intervention.
  3. Recommendations for sex workers –
    1. We insist on sex worker leadership at every level of decision making on policies around sex work.
    2. We reserve to ourselves the rights to maintain our own health.
    3. We demand the right to speak, access all public channels of communication, to choose those who speak for us, and to be recognized by the media, public officials and others as the authorities on our own experience.
  4. Rights of sex workers –
    1. To make our own sexual and relationship choices without others invalidating our consent.
    2. To access social, medical, and justice services without discrimination in any form including but not limited to gender, sexuality, race, citizenship status, or the way we choose to work.
    3. To have our choices and bodily autonomy respected, including the right to decline services.
    4. To be free to work in a manner of our own choosing without onerous regulation that is disrespectful of our agency and autonomy.

Desiree Alliance featured Speaker at the 1st anniversary Women’s March January 21st 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada

Desiree Alliance makes history speaking for sex worker rights.   The Women’s March recognizes sex work as work!  Cris Sardina, director of Desiree Alliance, speaks of stigma, solidarity, and empowerment “I am a sex worker.  And I have the right to be here”.

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