Sex Worker & Harm Reduction Organizations

There are many groups that deal with issues concerning sex work. Many of these groups are run by women involved with sex work. Some are based in the United States, others are international. All of these organizations have different views regarding sex work, and while SAFE may not necessarily agree with all them, we would like to present as much information as possible!

Additionally, we have included other harm reduction oriented organizations.

Global Network of Sex Work Projects


PONY- Prostitutes of New York

HIPS–Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive

SWEAT- Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce

SWOP- Sex Workers Outreach Project

Spread Magazine 

St. James Infirmary (San Francisco, CA)

Women With a Vision (NOLA)

Persist Health Project (NY, NY)

Red Umbrella Project 

Emi Koyama (a great collection of presentation from independent researcher re: sex work and ‘anti-trafficking’ legislation)

The Sex Workers Project

Harm Reduction Coalition (check out publications/ free trainings held in NYC)

Drug Policy Alliance (real facts about drug use/ America’s “war on drugs”)

Erowid (a non-profit that provides information on all commonly used psychoactive substances)

Books Worth Checking Out

Alexander, Priscilla (1995). “Sex Workers Fight Against AIDS: An International Perspective,” in Beth E. Schneider and Nancy Stoller (eds.), Women Resisting AIDS: Strategies of Empowerment. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

_____, Making Sex Work Safer: A Guide to HIV/AIDS Prevention (draft). Geneva: World Health Organization, Global Programme on AIDS. Available from the NTFP’s New York office.

Almodovar, Norma Jean (1993). Cop to Call Girl: Why I Left the LAPD to Make an Honest Living as a Beverly Hills Prostitute. New York: Simon & Schuster. (Paperback: Avon) Memoir by the founder and President of COYOTE-Los Angeles.

Bell, Shannon (1994). Reading, Writing, and Rewriting the Prostitute Body. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Chateauvet, Melinda (2014). Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk. Beacon Press.

Cohen Judith B. & Priscilla Alexander (1995), “Female Sex Workers: Scapegoats in the AIDS Epidemic,” in A O’Leary & LS Jemmott (eds.), Women at Risk: Issues in the Primary Prevention of AIDS. New York: Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Delacoste, Frederique, and Priscilla Alexander (1987). Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry. San Francisco: Cleis Press. The first half of the book includes first-person narratives by women who have worked in various forms of the sex industry; the second half consists of position papers and analytical articles written by representatives of prostitutes’ rights organizations in the United States and Europe.

French, Dolores and Linda Lee (1988). Working: My Life as a Prostitute. New York: E.P. Dutton. A memoir by the founder and President of HIRE (Hooking Is Real Employment), the NTFP affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jenness, Valerie (1993). Making It Work: The Prostitutes’ Rights Movement in Perspective. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. Based on Jenness’ doctoral dissertation which analyzed the development of COYOTE’s approach to prostitution between 1973 and 1989, and its effect on discussion of the issue in the larger community.

McElroy, Wendy, XXX: A Woman’s Right to Pornography. See, Chapter 7, “Interviews with Women in Porn,” pp. 146-191, and Chapter 9, “A Coyote Meeting,” pp. 202-230. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.


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