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International Sex Worker Rights Day 2022

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International Sex Worker Rights Day History: This day’s history goes back to 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a festival despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place by pressuring the government to revoke their permit.  The event was organized by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group that has over… Read more »

Recent Prostitution Raids Demonstrate how Anti-Prostitution Rhetoric Harms Victims

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  On June 17th Cranston Police and the Department of Homeland Security, which houses ICE, carried out coordinated raids on six Asian Spas. A recent episode of The Blue Campaign featured an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent and a representative from the National Human Trafficking Hotline explaining how the Human Trafficking Hotline assists ICE. Clips from that episode are available… Read more »

Coalition condemns Cranston Police’s perpetuating anti-Asian violence and whorephobia by charging 11 alleged sex trafficking victims and calling it “rescue”

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Coalition condemns Cranston Police’s perpetuating anti-Asian violence and whorephobia by charging 11 alleged sex trafficking victims and calling it “rescue”    COYOTE RI, in coalition with The Womxn’s Project, and several other organizations, condemns the raids on six Cranston massage parlors on the evening of June 17 and stands with the 11 alleged sex trafficking victims who were charged in… Read more »

REST IN POWER MARGO ST. JAMES

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  With profound sadness, COYOTE announces the death of the most storied among our founders, Margo St. James, the founder of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), the organization that was the germinating force of the movement for sex workers’ rights, died on January 12th, 2021 at age 83.   She had been in hospice for some time after suffering a… Read more »

Open Letter to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

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  Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: June 30th, 2020  We are writing to you today in opposition to the EARN IT Act- Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (The EARN IT ACT) Senate Bill 3398. We urge you not to support or co-sponsor the EARN IT Act, which the Judiciary Committee is voting on next Thursday, July 2nd, 2020.  This… Read more »

What Are Your COVID Rules?

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If you can’t stay locked down forever, what should you do? Again, I want to specify that in this essay I am saying *What I will do and what I think is wise.  You will obviously, have to make your own choices and take your own actions. The basic question to ask yourself is this – how much am I… Read more »

COYOTE RI Stands in Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

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  COYOTE RI fully supports #BlackLivesMatter protestors and all other anti-racism activists who have taken to the streets across the country after the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,  Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and countless other members of the black community.  We stand with the families and all other victims of structural racism and the extraordinary levels… Read more »

COVID-19 Sex Worker Harm Reduction Resources (U.S. Based)

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COVID-19 Sex Worker Harm Reduction Resources (U.S. Based) By COYOTE RI This document was originally created on March 16th, 2020,  by a former CoyoteRI intern.  Coyote has been continually updating it, so check back on this link soon for more information! SWers, share freely. If you wish to have a resource added, please contact @coyoteri or email info@coyoteri.org– Media inquires… Read more »

Coyote RI 2020 Policy Agenda

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  This Policy Agenda promotes a rights-based approach, whereby consenting adults in the sex industry are neither perpetrators in need of punishment nor victims in need of rescue, but rather individuals with rights who are   free to make their own choices about their bodies and sexual behavior guaranteed all human rights and civil liberties, including the freedom of speech,… Read more »

Notes on Coronavirus and Sex Work Part 01

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This was originally posted by SWOP on their Facebook page  Sex Workers are Advised as a Minimum to Take the Same Precautions as Health Workers Clinical advice is for sex workers to take the same precautions against COVID-19 infection as health care workers. Health care workers are situationally like sex workers as they are in close and continuous contact with… Read more »