Nothing About Us Without Us: The Shared Goals of the Harm Reduction and Sex Worker Rights Movements

The above video and supplementary documents are designed to spark discussion and create inspiration for looking at the ways that peer-led groups providing support and services to sex workers in their communities can collaborate with harm reduction agencies. The materials were developed by a group of sex workers and allies during the Speak Up! media training, the second annual workshop by Sex Work Awareness.

Throughout the United States, both sex workers and intravenous drug users are targeted with similarly discriminatory laws that create harm in our communities instead of giving us better opportunities to reduce risks and lead more healthful lives. For example, in many states, police can use possession of condoms as evidence of prostitution, similarly possession of syringes are used as evidence of illegal drug possession. Because of these types of commonalities, we have created a short public service announcement video and a packet of materials that we hope will further dialogue among our communities.

Production Process

The video was produced by Sex Work Awareness’ class of 2010 Speak Up! Media Training for the Empowered Sex Worker. During the training, which develops the communication and media skills of sex workers and former sex workers who wish to become or are already spokespeople in their communities, the group of nine created a strategy for the communications output of the project, collaboratively wrote the script to the video, and some members of the group appeared on camera. The written materials were gathered with the guidance and support of the group and our colleagues.

We hope that you will find these materials useful. This guide is released with a Creative Commons Share Alike license, so you may adapt these materials for your own projects or publications, but you may not sell them. Also, if you do use the materials, remember to indicate that they were developed by Sex Work Awareness or that you have adapted our materials.

Download the six page PDF of materials HERE.

Click the links below to download the individual elements included in the six page document: