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.
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.
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Desiree Alliance Is:
Desiree Alliance Coordinator
Desiree Alliance Financial Coordinator
Strategic Committee Chair
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
Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
Common Counsel Grassroots Funding Exchange
Craigslist Charitable Fund
Open Meadows Foundation
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Third Wave Foundation
Elton John AIDS Foundation
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Red Umbrella Fund