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  • Tell your DC City Council Members to support #DecrimNow

    After fighting for a hearing on #DecrimNow for more than two years and finally getting one, we are facing intense opposition from Anti-Trafficking organizations who would rather criminalize sex workers, than allow our bill to see its day; so we need as much support as we can get. We need to show the council members who have come out in support that we see and thank them and ask them to hold strong and encourage other City Council members why we need to decriminalize sex work before this historic hearing. 

    Sign this letter to your City Council Members urging their support!

    Dear City Council Member,

    In the past 50 years since the stonewall riots, we’ve seen many advances for the LGBTQ Community however progress has been slow for many in the Trans and Queer community, in particular Black and Brown Trans Women, Trans Femmes and Two-Spirits. Our communities and the ones that we love need safety, resources and care. Criminalization and policing has brought harm, not healing, to our communities.

    The District has one of the highest number of Trans residents per capita, yet a report by DC’s Office on Human Rights found that 48% of DC employers preferred a less qualified cisgender applicant over a more qualified transgender applicant. According to the DC Trans Needs Assessment Report from 2015: over a third of Trans respondents reported having engaged in sex work with half being Trans women and Trans feminine people of color and nearly 75% of which were more likely to be HIV positive. More than 41% of respondents who reported engaging in sex work felt it was their only option for income. The report details how lack of access to housing and stable employment forces Black and Brown Trans communities in particular to receive income "through underground or grey economy work."

    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. D.C.'s sex work criminalization policies have failed to deter violence or 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 deportation of documented and undocumented Trans and Queer immigrants, many who are escaping violence from their home countries and working to build better lives.

    As the legacies of Black and Brown Trans Women who started Pride are celebrated this year we must close the gap on safety for our communities. I thank Councilmembers Robert White (D-At Large), Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Anita Bonds (D-At Large) in supporting the ‘Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019’ which would remove the criminal penalties associated with sex exchange, maintain existing laws on sex trafficking, and establish a task force to evaluate the impact. I encourage other DC City Council members to join them. We cannot protect survivors while we are still criminalizing them.

    Thank you.

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  • No Partial Decrim, No Failed Diversion Program, DecrimNow - Get Involved!

    Back in May, we wrote about why sex workers don't need more failed diversion programs and instead sex workers need housing. The fight to decriminalize sex work has been fierce and Mayor Bowser implementing a useless diversion program isn't our only concern.

    In an Aug. 10 op-ed, “Making D.C. a ‘sex tourist destination’?,” the author criticized our Decrim Bill (DC B23-0318), advocating criminalizing customers and decriminalizing sex workers. This has been a failed policy wherever it has been tried — Sweden, France, Canada — because criminalizing one party involved in a mutual economic exchange indirectly impacts the other party as well: Both operate in a clandestine, risky way

    We are being clear, WE NEED FULL DECRIM NOW!. Whether it be diversion, partial decrim or Council Member Phil Mendelson pretending to be oblivious; We're going to need support and help! Sign up to the right to get updates and find out ways you can plug into the DecrimNow Campaign!

     

    Need more information on Partial Decrim?

    "This legal model also creates harm. There are three main reasons where the model creates harm. Firstly instead of protecting sex workers as the model intended to, it has made conditions worse for many sex workers in Sweden. " - The Swedish Model: Why partial criminalisation of sex work will not help sex workers or SA society

     

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  • Do you live in Wards 7, 3 or 2? Tell your Council Member to support #DecrimNow!

    In 2017, with the support of No Justice No Pride and other members of The Sex Worker Advocates Coalition (“SWAC”); Councilmember Grosso introduced the 'Reducing Criminalization to Promote Public Safety and Health Amendment Act' to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. The Bill, if passed would decriminalize sex work while creating other measures to keep our communities safe. Last year it died in committee because Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee never scheduled a hearing or vote.

    On June 4th, Councilmember Grosso reintroduced the bill now called the ‘Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019’. Thankfully due to public pressure, community education, organizing and direct action, Council Member Allen joined fellow Committee Members Robert White (D-At Large), Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1) and Anita Bonds (D-At Large) in co-sponsoring the bill.

    We need still need to keep pressure up on Councilmember Allen as it is his role as chairperson to schedule a hearing, but we also need to increase pressure on other members of the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety to support the bill before it can move on through the larger D.C. City Council. Do you live in Wards 7, 3 or 2?

    If you live in Ward 7 - your Councilmember is Vincent Gray (D),
    If you live in Ward 3 - your Councilmember is Mary Cheh (D),
    & If you live in Ward 2 - your Councilmember is Jack Evans (D);

    Sign this letter to your Ward Councilmember urging their support!

    Dear Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Member,

    In the past 50 years since the stonewall riots, we’ve seen many advances for the LGBTQ Community however progress has been slow for many in the Trans and Queer community, in particular Black and Brown Trans Women, Trans Femmes and Two-Spirits. Our communities and the ones that we love need safety, resources and care. Criminalization and policing has brought harm, not healing, to our communities.

    The District has one of the highest number of Trans residents per capita, yet a report by DC’s Office on Human Rights found that 48% of DC employers preferred a less qualified cisgender applicant over a more qualified transgender applicant. According to the DC Trans Needs Assessment Report from 2015: over a third of Trans respondents reported having engaged in sex work with half being Trans women and Trans feminine people of color and nearly 75% of which were more likely to be HIV positive. More than 41% of respondents who reported engaging in sex work felt it was their only option for income. The report details how lack of access to housing and stable employment forces Black and Brown Trans communities in particular to receive income "through underground or grey economy work."

    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. D.C.'s sex work criminalization policies have failed to deter violence or 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 deportation of documented and undocumented Trans and Queer immigrants, many who are escaping violence from their home countries and working to build better lives.

    As the legacies of Black and Brown Trans Women who started Pride are celebrated this year we must close the gap on safety for our communities. As a member of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, we ask that you join Councilmembers Robert White (D-At Large), Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Anita Bonds (D-At Large) in supporting the ‘Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019’ which would remove the criminal penalties associated with sex exchange, maintain existing laws on sex trafficking, and establish a task force to evaluate the impact.

    We urge you to co-sponsor the ‘Community Safety and Health Amendment Act’ & make a public statement pledging you would support if it were to come to a vote in committee or larger the larger council.

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  • No Justice No Pride stands firmly against amending already problematic Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Act #NoNuisance - Jan 2018

    May 27, 2019
    Contact: Emmelia talarico
    (202) 664-3855

    As DC's city coucil refuses to hold a hearing on pending legislation that would decriminalize sex work, Council Members Evans and McDuffie are doubling down by trying to expand a problematic law that criminalizes marginalized communities, including sex workers.

    DC's "Nuisance Abatement" law has been used remove folks from their homes over biased complaints about "increased pedestrian traffic," and "bothersome solicitations."
    Tell Evans and McDuffie to stop criminalizing our communities, and start working towards legislation that would actually support those who live on the margins.

  • Safe Communities start with resources, not arrests!

    Unfair laws that criminalize sex work strip people of other employment options upon conviction, bar people from housing and lead to unsafe jail conditions for trans women in the sex trade. In 2017, with the support of No Justice No Pride and other members of The Sex Worker Advocates Coalition (“SWAC”); Councilmember Grosso introduced the 'Reducing Criminalization to Promote Public Safety and Health Amendment Act' to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. The Bill, if passed would decriminalize sex work while creating other measures to keep our communities safeIn order to make our city safer for everyone - and marginalized communities in particular, join us in urging DC Councilmember Allen to hold a hearing on the Reducing Criminalization to Improve Community Safety and Health Amendment Act.

  • Testimony: NJNP Against DC’s “Drug Related Nuisance Abatement Act of 2017”

    My name is Emmelia Talarico and I am the Steering Committee Chair and Organizing Director of No Justice No Pride. Thank you for this opportunity to address the Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety.

    No Justice No Pride (NJNP) is a collective of organizers and activists from across the District of Columbia that exists to fight for the most marginalized members of DC’s trans and queer communities. Through our Trans Justice campaign, we focus on fighting for a city where trans communities live free from violence, with the resources and autonomy necessary to build the futures we choose.

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