Regional updates: North America and the Caribbean

Our members are listed on the left or you can click the red umbrellas on the map.

Regional Board Members

Shaunna-May Trotman (Guyana Sex Work Coalition), Guyana

Natasha Potvin (Peers Victoria Resources Society), Canada

NSWP Regional Network

The Caribbean Sex Workers Coalition (CSWC) is a regional network of organisations representing female, male and transgender sex workers. It was founded in 2011 and is based in Georgetown, Guyana.

News articles from North America and Caribbean region are listed below.

Regional updates

30th July 2020 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

UNAIDS have drawn attention to the Guyana Sex Work Coalition’s work supporting the sex work community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

15th July 2020 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The survey received 156 responses in total from 55 different countries out of which 53 responses were from 6 countries – Canada, Guyana, Mexico, Suriname, Trinidad, and the United States – in the North America and the Caribbean region.

“People are going hungry. People are scared to work, or not to work.” – PACE Society, Canada

25th May 2020 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

这周,美国境内COVID-19报告病例超过一百万,造成将近61000人死亡。尽管形势严峻,整个国家已经分裂成了两派-一些人渴望(立刻)恢复正常,而另一些人希望继续维持封锁措施。但这场争论中,性工作者被遗忘;由于不被包括在任何政府救济方案中,他们别无选择,不得不继续工作。

Coyote RI (Call off Your Old Tired Ethics. 忘掉你陈腐的道德观念)-是一个罗德岛的性工作者组织,成员包括性工作者,前性工作者以及友好人士,致力于游说警方为参与性工作的人提供健康与安全保障。他们通过我们COVID-19影响调查报告了在美国应对这场危机的经历。

“在罗德岛,我们有数百名舞蹈和水疗工作人员失业,因为该州要求关闭所有非必要的业务。我们(组织中)还有数百名网络援交女郎,为了保护自己,很多人停止工作,但很多人继续接待客户,因为他们负担不起停止工作的沉重负担。”

这种工作带来的压力由于缺乏紧急资金而更加严重。

13th May 2020 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

Les Etats Unis ont annoncé cette semaine qu’ils ont dépassé le 1 million de cas enregistrés de COVID-19, et presque 61,000 morts. Malgré ces sombres étapes, le pays a été divisé entre ceux impatients de revenir à leurs habitudes et ceux qui souhaitent que le confinement reste en vigueur. Laissés en dehors de ce débat sont les travailleurSEs du sexe qui n’ont pas d’autre choix que de continuer à travailler à cause de leur exclusion de toute aide gouvernementale.

13th May 2020 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

Los Estados Unidos anunció esta semana que han superado el millón de casos de COVID-19 registrados, y cerca de las 61.000 muertes. A pesar de estas serias cifras, el país está dividido entre aquellos que están ansiosos por volver a la “normalidad” y aquellos que desean permanecer en la actual cuarentena. Fuera de este debate están las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual que no tienen otra opción que continuar trabajando debido a su exclusión de cualquier paquete de ayudas del gobierno.

5th May 2020 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

The United States this week announced that they had passed 1.2 million recorded COVID-19 cases, and nearly 70,000 deaths. Despite these somber milestones, the country has been divided between those eager to get back to ‘business as usual’ and those who wish the lockdown to remain in effect. Left out of this debate are the sex workers who have had no choice but to continue working due to their exclusion from any government relief package.

8th April 2020 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

Lorena Borjas – a pillar of New York City’s Latinx LGBTQ community, and a staunch defender of the rights of trans people, Latinx people, and sex workers – died on Monday 30th March of complications from COVID-19.

4th October 2019 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

A group of 72 LGBTI organisations have delivered a letter to 13 members of the Washington D.C. City Council calling on them to support an upcoming Bill which would decriminalise sex work in the district.

30th September 2019 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

More than 130 organisations from across Canada have signed on to a statement calling on the new government to implement 'the total decriminalization of sex work as a first step to protecting and respecting the human rights of all sex workers' and the 'recognition of sex work as meaningful and valuable work'.

28th March 2019 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

Amnesty International has released a new report highlighting the routine use of rape, violence and torture by police to punish women sex workers in the Dominican Republic.

27th February 2019 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

A new coalition is calling for the decriminalisation of sex work in New York. Decrim NY was officially launched at the end of February, led by people in the sex trades "whether through choice, circumstance, or coercion".

14th February 2019 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

A Senator in San Francisco, California, has announced new legislation to protect sex workers from arrest when they report a serious or violent crime.  

9th October 2018 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

Last week Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker Action Project, a NSWP member based in Ontario, Canada, issued a community action alert to raise awareness and support for Moka, a black trans woman currently being held in a men’s prison for defending herself against a violent client.

29th June 2018 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

On 28th June, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Human Rights Watch, The Internet Archive, and two individuals have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of FOSTA (Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, 2017).

22nd June 2018 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

Sex worker organisations have been negatively impacted since FOSTA-SESTA was passed in April, with Desiree Alliance announcing it has cancelled its 2019 conference in light of the risks the law has created for sex workers. The statement on their website reads: