Who do you work with?
female, male and transgender sex workers or ex sex workers
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?
We have sex workers on board and staff level and are seeking new ways for sex workers for sex workers to engage with us.
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face
The current law (Ireland has the Nordic Model in place) and stigma which perpetuates all aspects of sex workers lives such as housing, health and wellbeing.
Describe other areas of your work
SWAI is Ireland’s only sex-worker led frontline organisation which works from a harm reduction, non-judgmental and human rights perspective. We advocate for the right to health, safety, participation, dignity and self-determination of all people working in the sex industry in Ireland.