PROS Network Chicago – LAUNCH RECEPTION May 8, 2013

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Please join us On May 8, 2013!

SWOP-Chicago is pleased to host a public reception to celebrate thelaunch of PROS Network-Chicago; an exciting new directory and network of helping professionals, clinics and agencies offering non-judgmental, client-centric resources and support to people in the sex trade.

The reception will take place at Cortelyou Commons (DePaul University, 2324 N Fremont, Chicago IL, 60614)

RECEPTION WILL INCLUDE:
• the release of new PROS print outreach materials…
• speeches by network professionals…
• a fair where attendees can pick up info about and talk to PROS network members…
• light reception fare.

The Pros Network Chicago, is one of few existing resource guides created for sex workers, in the world.
The PROS Network-Chicago currently includes over 35 helping professionals, agencies and clinics.

NETWORK MEMBERS INCLUDE:
• Asian Human Services
• Chicago House
• Chicago Women’s Health Center
• Chicago Recovery Alliance
• Heartland Health Outreach Inc
• Howard Brown Health Center
• Rape Victims Advocates

The PROS Network-Chicago was created to connect individuals involved or previously involved in the sex trade with affirming, non-judgmental services.
SWOP-Chicago hopes the PROS network will reduce access barriers to medical care, legal support, and human services commonly experienced by sex workers and also raise awareness and sensitivity of the human service and harm-reduction community to the unique needs of people involved in the sex trade.

The reception is co-sponsored by DePaul University Social Science Research Center.

The reception is FREE and opened to the public.

PROS Network Chicago, Website Launch!

Today is International Sex Worker Rights day, and we specifically chose today to launch the PROS Network Chicago Website:  www.prosnetworkchicago.org

After over a year of hard work, we’ve created a network of (to date) over 25 health-care, legal, counseling, and harm harm-reduction practitioners and agencies with over 40 locations throughout Chicago, all offering affirming, client-centric, and harm-reduction-oriented services to individuals currently or previously involved in the sex trade/the adult entertainment industry. See our website for a full list of current PROS Network Members!

PROS NETWORK CHICAGO:
The PROS Network is a directory of direct service providers and legal, medical and mental health professionals who are capable of providing non-judgmental, client-centric and harm reduction-oriented services to individuals in the sex industry.
The purpose of the PROS Network is to connect individuals that by choice, circumstance or coercion, engage in sexual activities in exchange for money or other survival needs to non-judgmental and culturally appropriate services and resources.
The PROS Network – Chicago website includes:

This is only the soft launch. 

On May 8, 2013 we will have the PROS Network Chicago launch party!
We’ll be releasing the first batch of outreach material and celebrating the organizers who have been working on this project diligently for over a year and celebrate the organizations and individuals who have signed on, who are providing resources that makes a positive differences in the lives of so many individuals living and working in Chicago.
In Solidarity and Support,
Sex Workers Outreach Project – Chicago
PROS Network – Chicago

We are always looking to add PROS Network Members and expand knowledge and access to client-centric, affirming, harm-reduction-oriented services for individuals involved in the sex trade.
If you are a helping professional or represent an agency and are interested in joining the PROS Network, please email serpent@swop-chicago.org for more information. Signing PROS Network Partners can fill out an e-contract here, or they can request a printable form to be emailed or mailed to them.
If you are a current/former sex worker, please recommend a few of your favorite resources here  or give feedback on any of the resources we have listed on our website at: prosnetworkchicago@gmail.com!

December 17th 2012, Memoriam Video

The Sex Worker Outreach Project of Chicago (SWOP-Chicago) hosted the 10th Annual December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers celebration & candlelight vigil in Chicago…

Over 70 individuals involved in the sex trade internationally were documented as falling to violence in 2012.
This year these persons were honored in a video memoriam, played during the vigil event in Chicago.

Song is Deep Red Bells, by Neko Case.
Video editing by John Rodriguez

The Veneration of Whores! December 17th…

The Veneration of Whores ~ Celebration & Candlelight Vigil
10th Annual, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Come enjoy a beautiful evening of celebration & community in Chicago!
Join us as we pay respect to life by honoring our dead and firmly resist ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the
 institutional and physical violence committed against sex workers worldwide.
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EVENTS THIS YEAR INCLUDE:

• Speakers (TBA)
• Community Commemoration Graffiti Wall
• Special Burlesque & Art Performances
• Robyn Few “Patron Saint of Sex Workers” Shrine 
• Featuring queer DJ All the Way Kay
• Candlelight vigil for sex worker victims in 2012
• Wine & Tea by donation

✔ Bring yourself
✔ … and bring a Friend!
✔ Bring some positive energy
✔ Bring solidarity
✔ Please also consider bringing something healing ,or personal, or special to share/commemorate & glue/write on the community wall; or leave at the “Patron Saint of Sex Workers” Shrine. —-> feather boas, candles, mementos, condoms, poetry, hotel key cards… (get creative!) (glue & markers provided)


This is an ALL-AGES event, which is Open to the Public.
• Light Snacks & Refreshments will be Provided!
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For more information contact the SWOP-Chicago: 
www.swop-chicago.org |  312-252-3800  | sexworkchicago@gmail.com