Today is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. A great way to show support is to encourage members of Congress to co-sponsor and support the Safe Sex Workers Study Act, introduced by Reps. Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden.
Today, on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, @SenWarren and I are proud to introduce a bill to investigate the unintended consequences of SESTA/FOSTA. This landmark study will be the first of its kind #IDEVASW19 pic.twitter.com/g2tRJYFYjo
— Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna) December 17, 2019
For more, read this press release from Congressman Khanna’s office.
As always, the Positive Women’s Network (USA) is helping to lead the charge, and you can read their press release, and the bills and advocacy they support, here.
Activist and sex worker Jacen Zhu is also stepping up, hosting a talk on violence against sex workers.
Excited to have @jacen_zhu join us for #D17! Jacen is an outspoken advocate for Black gay men and takes a stand against meth abuse in his work as the creator of #TakedownTina.
Learn more about Jacen's work tomorrow @ 1 PM.#MobilizeRentboys pic.twitter.com/F4zyPvu9hF
— Molly House Project (@MollyHouseProj) December 16, 2019
You can read my interview with Jacen here.
Sex workers around the globe have been on the forefront of HIV education and advocacy. Protecting their rights and physical safety should be a given, and anything you can do to amplify the message above would be greatly appreciated.