Councilmember Allen -
D.C.'s sex work criminalization policies have failed to deter violence and improve public safety. They have instead made it more difficult for sex workers to seek safety due to the significant risk of arrest - instead of protection - and have lead to the detention and deportation of documented and undocumented Trans and Queer migrants, many whom entered the United States' claimed borders to seek safety from grave human rights violations in their home countries and build better lives for themselves and their families. As these forces push Trans and Gender Nonconforming people into underground economies, the District’s policy of criminalization makes this dangerous work, contributing to the devastatingly short life expectancies of Trans Women of color.
As chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, we urge you to bring the “Promoting Public Safety and Health by Reducing Criminalization Amendment Act of 2017” to a hearing and facilitate formal community dialogue about efforts to decriminalize sex work in the District.
Action: Mayor Bowser, Chief of Police Newsham, Attorney General Racine, Council member & Chair of the Judiciary Committee Charles Allen and City Council Chair Phil Mendelson truly support our Trans and GNC communities.
Local Community Leaders and No Justice No Pride (NJNP) are deeply concerned about the ongoing marginalization of transgender and Gender Non-Conforming individuals, particularly transgender women of color, in the District of Columbia. We need DC to take real, concrete steps to support and protect these communities including from mistreatment by members of the Metropolitan Police Department, administrative and front line city staff, and the courts.
Join us in demanding Mayor Bowser, Chief of Police Newsham, Attorney General Racine, Council member & Chair of the Judiciary Committee Charles Allen and City Council Chair Phil Mendelson truly support our communities.