December 17 – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

SWOP Flyer Revised - side one

December 17 is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Since 2003, communities around the country and around the world have gathered on December 17 to recognize individuals who were lost that year and the many forms of violence individuals involved in the sex trade face, as well as to build community and resilience against oppression.


SWOP Flyer Revised

This year on December 17 SWOP-Chicago invites you to join us for an evening of remembrance and love.

Location: Ugly Stepsisters Gallery, 1750 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL [Pilsen]
Date: Tue, 12/17 – 7:00-10:00 p.m

The evening will feature a structured open mic/speak out portion, in which community members and allies can tell stories and share thoughts related to violence against sex workers. Our event will also feature refreshments, music by DJ Masisi, therapeutic group engagement, an interactive altar at which attendees can light a candle and leave a personal message, and a projection of the names of the sex workers who we have lost this year. We will also have someone on hand to de-brief with individuals who might feel overwhelmed or triggered.

We will also be collecting winter-gear and toiletries for Outreach!

Please bring last years’ coats, scarves, hats, gloves, slickers and boots, as well as any travel-sized toiletries you’ve collected–we’ll give them out during weekly street outreach on the West Side.

Not in Chicago?

Find out about events occurring across the United States and Canada, and around the globe at

We Thank Our Sponsors for Making the Event Possible:

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2 comments on “December 17 – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

  1. […] and around the world that have or are holding 12/17 events. I want to bring particular attention to the event being held by SWOP-Chicago as the organization is also holding a clothing drive at the event. If you are not in Chicago, you […]

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