Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.
During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers.
This year, we are organizing a number of activities the week of December 17th in honor of this day
Legal Clinic Launch!
Sun, Dec 14: 3-6PM + Mon, Dec 15: 6-9PM
1700 S. Loomis
SWOP-Chicago and The Community Activism Law Alliance are excited to announce the launch of our monthly legal clinic.
The SWOP Community Activism Law Clinic is a free, full-service legal clinic for individuals involved in sex work. It provides a wide-range of services from advice and community legal education to representation. All legal services, including full representation, are completely free of charge to clients.
For More information: Click Here or Download our Flyer (.pdf)
Activities on Wednesday, December 17th
March to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Facebook Event **Wear red!** **Bring Signs**
Time: 5PM – Gathering | 5:30PM March Begins
Gathering Point: Harold Washington Library (North Entrance)
Route: We will march north along State Street to Madison, then march west to Dearborn. The March will end at the Monroe Blue Line.
Join us in protesting systematic violence against sex workers. Since the start of this year, 24 sex workers have been violently murdered in the United States. 6 women were murdered in the greater Chicago Metro area. Please unite with us to raise awareness of how criminalization and stigma, and economic injustice contribute to violence against sex workers.
For more information, please read our Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Fact Sheet
Annual Vigil and Celebration of Resilience
7-9:30PM | Jane Addams Hull House – 800 S Halsted
SWOP-Chicago is honored to present our annual “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” activities at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
Join us for a commemorative evening to honor the lives of sex workers, past and present. Join us for a candle light vigil, speakers, music, art, performance, refreshments, and most importantly community.
All ages, all are welcome, and this is a safe space for all genders, expressions, & abilities.