COVID-19 Update: April 19, 2020
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made the difficult decision to pause our weekly Sex Worker Drop In Program for the time being in the hopes to minimize the risk that COVID-19 poses to the health and safety of everyone we work with. There will be more updates to come. We can be contacted during this time firstname.lastname@example.org for safer working resources for sex workers.
Sex Work and COVID-19: Guideline for Sex Workers, Clients, Third Parties, and Allies (PDF)
SWAN Waterloo Region is thrilled to announce that we have started a drop in program for and by sex workers! It occurs every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Drop by for solidarity, snacks, and free resources (including clothing, hygiene products, safer sex materials, harm reduction, and more)!
SWAN’s drop in program is designed to be a place where sex workers can come together, and gain access to needed resources and community; without judgement, policing, or surveillance.
We can provide sex workers with:
Coffee, tea, and snacks
Condoms and lube
Harm reduction supplies
STI testing clinic(s)
Clothing, soaps, lotions, etc
Menstrual hygiene supplies
Access to computers and phones
Resources and referrals
Opportunities to get involved and have their voice heard
Time to speak and build community with other sex workers in the region
Why create a drop in program for sex workers?
Sex workers are currently, and have historically, been shunned and excluded from online and physical spaces (i.e. downtown districts, craigslist). Being intentional in claiming space is an act of liberation and resistance.
Marginalization creates a greater need for services and support.
Sex workers have few safe spaces and non-biased places to access resources.
Sex workers know what they need most, and where marginalization lies. This is why our drop in program is sex worker led.
To create an opportunity for sex workers to network and organize in ways which don’t exist in Waterloo Region.
To have somewhere that understands and affirms sex workers’ lives, needs, and experiences; in a world that doesn’t want to.
Safety and lack of surveillance is of utmost importance so we are not releasing the exact location on social media.