International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – Legal Clinic, March & Vigil

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

December 17 Chi

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**

umbrella_26786611Time: 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 Resiliencechicago

Facebook Event

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.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Intimate Partner Violence and Sex Work

Today is the first day of October, Domestic Violence Awareness month.

As an organization that promotes the rights and well-being of people involved in the sex trade, raising awareness about and addressing intimate partner violence in our community is incredibly important.DV-Awareness-Month1

Discussion on sex work and violence is prolific. People talk and write about the relationship between childhood sexual and domestic violence and work in the sex trade; about sex work as a form of violence against women or violence as inherent to the sex trade; about the murders of sex workers, and sexual violence at the hands of clients and strangers. Occasionally, discussion turns to stigma, criminalization, and violence at the hands of institutions and police. But violence against sex workers from those closest to sex workers is almost never discussed… And it should be.

As sex workers, we experience high rates of intimate partner violenceextra vulnerabilitieselevated levels of victim-blaming, and heightened barriers to getting professional and community support. And as participants in a fringe, if not underground economy, labor abuses and exploitation we experience is frequently similar to if not indistinguishable from intimate partner violence. 

This October, we’ll be using our blog to open discussion about and shed some light on intimate partner violence in our community. We invite current or former sex workers to participate by sharing thoughts, stories, essays or art work to publish on the SWOP-Chicago website.

If you’d to participate, please email meg@swop-chicago.org. We welcome anything and have included some ideas below. We’re also happy to provide editing support if you’d like.

Blog ideas include but are in no way limited to: art, first-person reflections, personal essays, tips on supporting sex workers targeting other sex workers, DV professionals, or friends and family, literature reviews, ideas on how to address intimate partner violence against sex workers, criticism of research, media, or culture, articles bringing together coverage of DV and sex work, and photos.

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