Shift Calgary

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Who do you work with?

Shift provides support to adults who are currently or formerly working in the sex industry. We work with individuals across all gender identities and expressions. As long as an individual has had the experience at any point in their life we will provide services to them.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

We have an advisory committee for our Shift programme comprised of individuals with lived experience in a variety of ways with sex work. They are accessed often to help guide our programming. We have volunteer opportunities also for sex workers, events and encourage colaboration.

Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
Describe other areas of your work

Our agency also does HIV support, prevention, education, safe consumption services and outreach.