“SAVE” Bill would Help Traffickers and Hurt Youth, Homeless and Other Vulnerable Groups – Take Action!

important news from our friends at SWOP-Chicago

Senator Kirk (IL) and Senator Feinstein (CA) recently introduced a bill (S. 2536) to the federal senate which would change requirements for placing adult advertisements, as well as record-keeping requirements for adult advertising websites.

 
The bill, titled the “Kirk-Feinstein Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act”  can be found here. The bill would impact any individual who places an online ad for any adult service (fetish, stripping, body rub, escort, and adult film), as well as all websites that contain sections devoted to adult services, even those that do not charge for ad placement.
 

Summary of the S. 2536

  • Requires individuals placing ads to submit a valid government ID and telephone number.
  • Requires all individuals placing ads, whether free or paid, to submit valid debit or credit card information.
  • Prohibits payment with pre-paid cards, money orders, cash, or bitcoin.
  • Requires ad websites to maintain records of advertisers’ identification, phone numbers and financial information for at least 7 years.
  • Requires ad websites to share records with the attorneys’ general without a warrant or subpoena.
  • Ad website owners and administrators that fail to comply with new requirements would be punished with between $250-300,000 in fines and up to 5 years in prison.

What’s wrong with S.2536

  • Requiring debit or credit cards and government IDs will prevent the most vulnerable populations involved in the adult industry to use the web to work, thus forcing them into higher-risk street-based sex work or into the hands of traffickers, pimps and third parties.
  • New record keeping requirements will effectively create a database of all individuals involved in the adult entertainment industry.
  • The financial sector has an awful track record of freezing, seizing and closing bank accounts of individuals who place adult advertisements using cards. Forcing individuals to use credit and debit cards to place legal adult advertisements will make individuals who place ads even more susceptible to these forms of institutional exclusion and violence, and will significantly reduce the economic well-being and stability of sex workers.
  • New record-keeping requirements for advertising websites will be expensive… and these costs will not be absorbed by ad websites; rather, they will be passed on to adult workers who advertise on them.

Take Action!

Project SAFE encourages community members and allies to take action:

SWOP-Chicago has drafted a sign-on letter, and we invite you to sign it as an individual or organization and share the link of facebook, twitter, or within your email lists.
 
 
We will collect organizational and individual sign-ons until Thursday, July 24 at 10AM.
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The White House Releases 2014 National Drug Control Strategy

The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy represents a 21st century approach to drug policy. It outlines innovative policies and programs and recognizes that substance use is not just a criminal justice issue, but also a major public health concern. NASTAD commends the Administration for addressing HIV, hepatitis C, overdose and syringe services programs as a part of the National Drug Control Strategy.

Thanks to Women With a Vision for the photo!

Thanks to Women With a Vision for the photo!

-Administration commitment to a balanced public health and public safety approach to drug policy, based on science, not ideology

-Educating the public about overdose risks and interventions

-Increasing access to naloxone

-Working with states to promote Good Samaritan laws

-Inform public health systems on implementation of needle exchange programs

-Integrate and coordinate substance use disorder services under the Affordable Care Act

-Equip health care providers and first responders to recognize and manage overdoses

-Integrate substance use treatment and HIV prevention and care, including in the criminal justice system

-Expand internationally a comprehensive package of health interventions for injection drug users

-Enhanced focus on community-based overdose prevention and naloxone distribution– reduce drug related deaths 15 percent by 2015

-Prevention, treatment and recovery support services should be integrated into health care systems

Is your organization ready to embrace evidence-based practices like harm reduction, syringe access and over-dose prevention? Project SAFE is happy to provide trainings to anyone serving substance users and their loved ones!

Hope to hear from you!

XXX,

Project SAFE

(thanks to NASTAD for the analysis!)

 

Drop In CANCELLED for July

Our drop in has been CANCELLED for JULY (but we are organizing to bring you a much better drop-in experience in the future!)

You can always find services at the following drop ins, or call us for deliveries of any harm reduction supplies! 
Salvation Army
2659 Kensington Ave
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-6pm
Wed+Thurs 9pm-12am
Food, clothing, case management, referrals for shelter and drug treatment, shower and washer and dryer should be there soon.
Drop-In at the Belivaqua Community Center
2646 Kensington Avenue (at Lehigh)
Th, F 9:00pm-Midnight
Come by for a free meal and warm place to hang out.
Thea Bowman Women’s Center
2858 Kensington Avenue
(one block north of Somerset)
215-739-1137
T-F 10:00am-4:00pm
T & Th: Breakfast and lunch served, support group from 10:00-11:30am
W & F: Breakfast and lunch served, showers and laundry facilities available

Come As You Are: Resource Night with Project SAFE

Every last Tuesday of the Month, we offer warm food,  Beverages, harm reduction and hygiene supplies, contacts and resources for Physical & Mental Health & Wellness -free of charge!

2055 E. Allegheny Ave. 5-7pm.
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This service is open to any female-identified individual. Please contact safephila@gmail.com or 1-877-509-SAFE and ask to speak to the Case Manager for details.

It’s AIDS Education Month in Philadelphia!

Project SAFE will be tabling at all AEM events with our friends from SWOP-PHILLY – they are FREE and open to the public. Register here.

Come and say “hi” and pick up a Project SAFE T-Shirt! ($20 each cash or check).Image

Updated BDA

http://projectsafephilly.org/safety-tips/bad-date-alert/

 

 

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Get EMPOWERED on 5/9

Get EMPOWERED on 5/9

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Updated Bad Date Alert

Find it here: http://projectsafephilly.org/safety-tips/bad-date-alert/ 

Free Yoga!

Free Yoga!

The goal of the free yoga class is to create a community that empowers and support women. Yoga is physical postures, meditation, and inquiry. Yoga is body-based work that helps:
- Calm the mind and body

- Increase awareness and safety over one’s body

- Build skills to interpret and tolerate reactions

- Encourage practice of utilizing the breath versus solutions from the outside, i.e. substances, damaging relationships, sex, etc.

Hope to see you there!

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