This Friday, December 17, 2021, SWOP Behind Bars joins sx workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. As we come together to remember those lost, we renew our commitment to the ongoing struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all people who trade sex. For nearly two decades our community members have dedicated many months, meticulous care and endless anxiety each year to the collection and creation of the annual memorial list. Each year, the search for names, dates, locations, cause and circumstances of each life and death, reminds us that one day our own names will be on this list.
The 2021 International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers Memorial list was created as a COYOTE RI Project. We are grateful to M Dante- SWOP Behind Bars for helping to fact check our work.
We, as one global community renew our commitment to solidarity on December 17,” said Melanie Dante, former sex worker who was one of the organizers at the Philadelphia events this year. "December 17 Events aim to raise outrage at violence against sex workers and strengthen sex worker communities and responses to the systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience.”
Gary Heidnik was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999, at State Correctional Institution – Rockview in Centre County, Pennsylvania. His body was later cremated. As of 2016, he is the last person to be executed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Andrew Boff, Conservative Member of the London Assembly: The best policing model I found to tackle this lack of reporting was in "Merseyside". This included labelling attacks against sex workers as hate crimes as a way of acknowledging that they were a minority who were disproportionately targeted by criminals. I recommended, in Silence on Violence, that London should follow Merseyside’s successful example and label crimes against sex workers as ‘hate crimes’.
Boff - who wrote the 2012 British report - Silence on Violence: Improving the Safety of Women. The policing of off-street sex work and sex trafficking in London gets "In The Booth With Ruth".
A graduate student at Temple University, along with being a successful legally blind journalist, documentary producer, and director from the Philly suburbs, David Block talks about his discomfort discussing prostitution, plus D/17 in contemporary Jewish history, and in context to civil and disability rights. Note: This candid essay may not be comfortable for all readers. "Let Down Your Hair" Photo of M. Dante By Blind Filmmaker David Block for Temple University.