Monthly FREE Legal Clinic- Sunday, July 12- New Northside Location!

It’s that time of the month again… time for our monthly legal clinic! This month the clinic will be hosted at a new location in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. There will be no Monday evening clinic this month.

Heartland Alliance Housing (Meeting Room)

1207 W. Leland, Chicago, IL.​

Sunday July 12th | 3-6PM

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!

Beyond sending friendly reminder about our monthly clinic, we have a few exciting new updates about the legal clinic…

“Taxes, Tea & Coffee” – Tax/Money Management Worshop Saturday, January 26

Working in the Adult Entertainment Biz and want to get 2013 off to a good financial start?
Join SWOP-Chicago for a tax and money management workshop this January 26!
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When
Saturday, January 26, 2013
2-4:30 p.m.
Where
Rogers Park (near Loyola redline)
RSVP for address
What
William Enmark, a CPA with an investment/finance background and over 17 years of experience as a tax professional, will lead the workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences.
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

After the workshop, we will be hosting a coffee/tea/social hour for networking and to share information.

This event is free to attend!

RSVP: via email (meg@swop-chicago.org) or phone (312) 252-3880

Visit SWOP-Chicago at EXXXOTICA Chicago Convention: July 8-10

Vistit SWOP-Chicago at the Exxxotica Convention, this July 8-10 at the Donald Stephens Center in Rosemont, IL. Stop by our booth and come get one our *BRAND NEW* SWOP-Chicago t-shirts or buttons. Additionally, SWOP-Chicago will be presenting a seminar on Sunday, July 10 at 2pm on “Adult Industry vs. Sex industry: Similar Interests, Separate Battles”  Please join us for this important discussion!

SWOP-Chicago meeting Wednesday, August 25- “Transitioning Out: Exit Strategy for Sex Workers”

Please join SWOP-Chicago this Wednesday for our bi-monthly open meeting at Howard Brown Clinic on the north side.

With the end of summer upon us, our discussion topic and skill-share will be about recognizing when to walk away from being a sex-worker, and how to successfully start over.
“Transitioning Out : Exit Strategy for Sex Workers”  will be an informal workshop for anyone who has been thinking about, or already decided to leave sex work and restart on a new career path.
Topics will be ranging from updating our resumes, forming and keeping realistic goals, proper financial savings and the importance of emotional support during this lifestyle change.
…come ready to learn or bring your knowledge to share! Open to current or former sex workers of all genders.


Date- Wednesday, August 25
Time- 7:00-9:00pm
Location- Howard Brown Health Center
4025 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Howard Brown is accessible off the Red line Sheridan stop and #80 Irving Park bus. Metered street parking (sometimes) available.
Any questions please email sexworkchicago@gmail.com

SWOP-Chicago Community Meeting Wednesday, May 26

Please join SWOP-Chicago for our bi-monthly community meeting at Howard Brown Health Center on Wednesday May 26 from 7-9pm. Our focus this month will be an open community roundtable to discuss future of SWOP and ways the organization can better serve the needs of sex workers in the Chicago area. All sex workers and allies are welcome to attend and join us in this discussion.

Location- Howard Brown Health Center

Address- 4025 N. Sheridan Rd. (Red Line to Sheridan, Irving Park or Sheridan Bus)

Chicago, IL 60613

Date- Wednesday, May 26

Time- 7-9pm

We are also asking for donations for Chicago Recovery Alliance’s “Recovery Rags” program. Most needed items are-

~ Men’s Clothing, especially pants and socks

~Women’s pants and Jeans

~Toiletries and unused cosmetics such as shampoos/conditioner, soaps/bodywash, tampons, lotions, shavers, shaving cream, deodorant, travel size items

All donations are 501c3 tax deductible. Please bring donations to meeting or email sexworkchicago@gmail.com to arrange for pickup.

SWOP-Chicago January Meeting Wednesday, 1/27 at Howard Brown



“Money 101: Finance for Sex Workers”

Join SWOP-Chicago this Wednesday for our bi-monthly open meeting at Howard Brown Clinic on the north side. Just in time for tax season, our discussion topic and skillshare will be “Money 101 for Sex Workers”. What you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to managing your money…come to learn or bring your knowledge to share!

Date- Wednesday January 27
Time- 7:00-8:45pm
Location: Howard Brown Health Clinic (room will be posted upon walk-in)
4025 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 388- 1600
Red Line- Sheridan Stop, #80 Irving Park Rd. bus, street parking available

Adult Industry Professional Self-Defense Program

Back Off! and SWOP Chicago join forces to present the Adult Industry Self-Defense program. This class consists of a 2-hour module that will cover the specific needs of the adult industry. it addresses general self-defense strategies and deals with environmental self-defense, including ejecting a client. Offered in a private setting. Open to all genders.
Really amazing workshop…teaches all forms of self-defense and suitable for those not in the industry as well.

Date- Wednesday January 20, 2010

Time- 7:30-9:30pm

Location- Wicker Park neighborhood, Chicago (details given upon RSVP)

Cost $25

Please contact Kevin Sogor by phone at (773) 252-4470 or email walking.armour@gmail.com to attend.

Self Defense Workshop Wednesday, October 28

SWOP-Chicago is pleased to announce that our October workshop will be a self-defense workshop for sex workers and other kinky people with Kevin Sogor of International Hapkido USA. This introductory course will teach some basic self defense techniques specifically designed for the adult industry professional who may find themselves in compromising positions or unique situations they must escape from. Participants are encouraged to wear clothing they would normally work or play in, such as high heels, skirts, corsets, etc., while taking the class. Open to all genders. Please call Kevin at (773) 252-4470 for more information on the class.

Date- Wednesday, October 28

Time- 7-9 PM

Location- International Hapkido USA
1385 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, 60622

Cost- $25 per person.
If you can’t afford cost of the class, but would like to participate, please email sexworkchicago@gmail.com to inquire about a scholarship

Email sexworkchicago@gmail.com if you would like to register for this workshop.