Tax and Money Management Workshop for Sex Workers- Saturday, February 6

SWOP-Chicago will be hosting a tax and money management workshop for industry workers on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 5-7pm. Learn how to manage your money properly, file taxes, information about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects your tax return.

Date: Saturday, February 6

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Read/Write Library

914 N. California, Walton Entrance

Chicago, Illinois 60622

Guidance will be provided by William Enmark, a CPA with an investment/finance background and over 17 years of experience as a tax professional, will lead an info-session on filing taxes as a freelancer, sole proprietor or independent contractor in the adult biz.

Money Management workshop will cover topics including:

* The benefits of filing taxes
* Tax deductions sex workers can claim
* Budgeting your income and managing your money for the year
* How to stay legal and who can help
* Dealing with a “cash-only” income and how much to set aside for taxes

*Saving for retirement

…and more!

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CALA | SWOP-Chicago Legal Clinic Outreach Site at Howard Area Community Center in Rogers Park- Monday, February 1

SWOP’s Legal Clinic will be hosted this Monday, February 1 at Howard Area Community Center in Rogers Park.

Address: 7648 N. Paulina (near Howard Red Line stop)

Chicago, IL

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

The SWOP-Chicago CALA Clinic is a free, full-service legal clinic for individuals currently or previously involved in adult industries/sex work or impacted by the stigma and criminalization of sex work. It provides a wide-range of criminal and civil law services from advice and community legal education to representation.  All legal services, including full representation, are completely free of charge to clients.

Contact us via phone or email with questions or to request information or services. Or come to one of our clinic intake dates (details below!)

The SWOP Community Activism Law Clinic provides free legal services to:

*Individuals who have been profiled as sex workers or adult workers (by police, employers, landlords, or other entities)

*Individuals who are involved or who were formerly involved in sex work or adult work, including:

*working as an escort, dancing in a strip club, web-camming, sensual massage, engaging in fetish or pro-dom/pro-sub work, acting in adult film or nude modeling; and/or

*engaging in dating, relationships, sexual activities, or intimacy with someone for money, housing, gifts, drugs, or other things; and/or

*relying on someone you’re intimate with someone for money, housing, gifts, drugs, or other things.

*Individuals who have been homeless or have relied on crashing with friends for housing within the last 12 months.

Services Offered

  • Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Records: expungement, sealing, vacating convictions
  • Family Law: divorce, child custody, child support, DCFS
  • Housing: eviction, security deposits, vouchers
  • Public Benefits: food stamps, medical card, SSI & SSD
  • Employment: discrimination, overtime, minimum wage, unemployment benefits
  • Police Misconduct
  • Education: expulsions, special education
  • Other areas of civil law

Who’s Eligible:

We can provide full legal representation for Illinois residents and individuals with cases/legal issues in Illinois.

We can provide phone consultation, legal education, do legal research around questions, and offer local referrals to community members around the United States.

12/17 | International Day to End violence Against Sex Workers

SWOP-Chicago is honored to present this year’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers to celebrate & honor the lives of sex workers loved & lost.

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Join us at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Thursday, December 17th, 7:00pm-9:30pm for an evening of

Community
Candlelight Vigil
Speakers
Food
Music
Art
Honor
&
Love

Free, all ages, & everyone welcome.

November Legal Clinic: Monday, 11/16 @ Centro Autónomo

This month’s **Free** Legal Clinic will be on…
Monday, November 16th @ 6pm-9pm
at
Centro Autónomo

3460 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

(Look for the SWOP signs– Second Floor)
We offer a full range of civil & criminal legal services. All services are free of charge for low-income individuals with current/former experience in sex trade or street economy.

The clinic Accepts Walk-Ins, and you can also pre-schedule an appointment via our online intake​ form.  (or call 312-999-0056.)

If the clinic times or dates don’t work, we can do intake and offer general legal consultation, advice and education via phone at other times. Use our online intake form to schedule an appointment (or call 312-999-0056.)

Got Questions? Call 312-999-0056 or email board@swop-chicago.org!

Future 2015 Clinic Intake Times & Location:

Monday from 6-9PM on 12/21

at 3460 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL 60625 (Near Kimball Brown Line)

Monday Oct 19: SWOP-Chicago Legal Clinic

This month’s **Free** Legal Clinic will be on
Monday, October 19th @ 6pm-9pm
at
Central Autonomo

3460 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

(Look for the Swop signs– Second Floor)
 All services are free of charge for low-income individuals with current/former experience in sex trade or street economy.

The clinic Accepts Walk-Ins, and you can also pre-schedule an appointment via our online intake​ form.  (or call 312-999-0056.)

If the clinic times or dates don’t work, we can do intake and offer general legal consultation, advice and education via phone at other times. Use our online intake form to schedule an appointment (or call 312-999-0056.)

Got Questions? Call 312-999-0056 or email board@swop-chicago.org!

Future Clinic Intake Times & Location:

Monday from 6-9PM on : 10/19 | 11/16 | 12/21

at 3460 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL 60625 (Near Kimball Brown Line)

Need FREE Legal Help? Check out our Fall Dates & New Location!

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This month’s Free Legal Clinic will be on:
September 21 @ 7pm-9pm
at
Central Autonomo

3460 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

(Look for the Swop signs– Second Floor)
 All services are free of charge for low-income individuals with current/former experience in sex trade or street economy.

The clinic Accepts Walk-Ins, and you can also pre-schedule an appointment via our online intake​ form.  (or call 312-999-0056.)

If the clinic times or dates don’t work, we can do intake and offer general legal consultation, advice and education via phone at other times. Use our online intake form to schedule an appointment (or call 312-999-0056.)

Got Questions? Call 312-999-0056 or email board@swop-chicago.org!

This Saturday 2pm ~09/05! Sex Worker Solidarity Action in Boystown!

In light of the recent raid on RentBoy and in solidarity across the country, sex workers and allies here in Chicago say; ENOUGH!

We are tired of being marginalized and criminalized and having our choices taken from us. It is time to make our voices heard, and our points clear. Decriminalize sex work and sex workers. May the string of recent events (Rentboy raid, Backpage Credit Card Scandal, closure of MyRedBook) bring the community together in a supportive, cohesive way.

Join us this Saturday! We’ll be meeting at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613) @ 2pm to make signs (in the community area right inside). We’re marching from there @ 3pm up and down the historic stretch of Halsted St in Boystown to Belmont Ave, distributing literature & info & showing our support of all sex workers.

Please share & repost & invite your friends! All workers, allies, friends, & family of all ages are most welcome.

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Facebook Link: http://on.fb.me/1LWkEeF