SAVE THE DATE: WWAV Joins Desiree Alliance for Their 6th Annual Sex Workers’ Rights Conference!

SAVE THE DATE: WWAV is excited to be co-hosting the 2016 Desiree Alliance Conference here in New Orleans!

6th National Desiree Alliance Conference
The Sex Worker Rights Movement: Addressing Justice
July 10-15, 2016
New Orleans, LA

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From the Desiree Alliance:

Desiree Alliance organizes conferences to provide leadership and create space for sex workers and supporters to come together to advocate for human, labor and civil rights for all workers in the sex industry.

Sex workers have long been at the forefront of of promoting health and safety, from peer-based sex education, to creating clinics, to organizing ‘bad date’ lists and more. Health and safety is central to sex work in so many different ways, as we strive towards healthy, safe workplaces, emotional health, healthy relationships within and outside of sex work, healthy attitudes, healthy laws and policies and more. The 2016 Desiree Alliance conference will focus on all forms of health in our lives and in our communities.

The Desiree Alliance conference is a forum for people who have experience in sex work and sex trade and allies of sex workers. Sex work includes working as an exotic dancer, hustler, webcam model, street-based sex worker, massage worker, escort, prostitute, tantric practitioner, sexological bodyworker, living with the support of a sugar-daddy or a sugar-mama, having sex for housing / food / clothing, drugs, or having sex to get the money needed to survive. Our membership base is made up of current and former sex workers as well as activists that do not identify as sex workers themselves, but advocate for sex worker rights. Desiree Alliance is made up of women, men, LGBTQI persons, transgender persons, herm-identity, Other, hetero, etc., and many of our members are from (non) working class, low and middle income backgrounds.

The Desiree Alliance 2016 conference includes 5 tracks: 1. Academics and Policy 2. Activism 3. Arts, Entertainment and Media 4. Business Development and 5. Harm Reduction and Outreach. We are open to all sex work related proposals, and specifically welcome all submissions and proposals having to do with these general concepts: sex worker art, culture, and creative endeavors; positive aspects of sex work; harms that result from bad or shortsighted policies; and benefits of current sex worker-friendly policies. Contributors may be sex workers, academics, and anyone else interested in contributing. We are eager to receive proposals from sex workers themselves (you do not have to publicly self-identify), people of color, migrants, and all genders. We are accepting proposals from presenters until April 1st, 2016 . Visit http://www.desireealliance.org/conference/CFP.htm for applications and instructions.

Desiree Alliance is committed to bringing diversity that aims to provide safe spaces for the most marginalized to the least marginalized sex worker, providing education, networking, and alliance-building opportunities regardless of socio-economic status, color, sexuality, sexual identity, culture, class, race, religion, physical or mental capabilities, gender, gender identities, age, size, political beliefs, or immigrant status.

Register early (in 2016) to receive the early registration discount! To register: www.desireealliance.org and go to “Conference” link – under registration link.

Although our funds are limited this year, some scholarships will be available.
Scholarship information will be posted here: http://www.desireealliance.org/conference/logistics.htm#scholar

Hosted by Desiree Alliance – Women With a Vision – BreakOut – SWOP NOLA

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