We Continue To Remember: Rickie Jolene Morgan. Three Years & Forever

Her name was Rickie Jolene Morgan and to her Kensington family she was Layla. She was born on October 8, 1980 and she was approaching her 36th birthday when she was murdered. “Whether you knew her as Rickie or Layla, you loved her,” said Carol, a close friend of Morgan’s. “Layla would sit with women and teach them how to be safe,” said Johanna Berrigan of the Catholic Worker Clinic. “Layla was fiercely intelligent and fiercely justice oriented. She wanted justice for the women in the community.” Friends said that Morgan was a woman passionate about the treatment of her peers in Kensington. The sentiment that passed through the crowd was that Morgan was so much more than the headlines that confirmed her death. Obituary for Rickie Jolene Morgan https://www.kepplegraft.com/notices/Rickie-Morgan

California legislature passes bill to protect sex workers’ rights | TheHill

The Hill: California’s state legislature this week sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) desk that would protect sex workers who report violent crimes from arrest. The measure, Senate Bill 233, passed the state Senate, 28-10, in May (2019) and passed the state Assembly, 30-9, on Monday (7/8/2019). The legislation would grant immunity from arrest to sex workers reporting crimes such as rape, either as victims or witnesses. It would also remove a provision in existing law that allows police to use possession of condoms as probable cause for the arrests of sex work in certain cases. Staff Writer @BudrykZack

Podcast: Oldest Profession 12/2018

To commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th we pass the mic to Ceyenne Doroshow who interviews long time friend & activist JyAsia Kylee about her experience with violence & the police. For more information about vigils & events in your area visit http://www.december17.org/

What is D/17 #IDTEVASW?

The International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers #IDTEVASW. December 17th - or 'D/17' for short - is all about community allied anti violence efforts! During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. Art work Johnny Robinson.

#IDTEVASW Midnight Blue Hong Kong

Data shows that FOSTA-SESTA has immediately exposed sex workers to heightened risks of violence and exploitation. According to a survey of 262 sex workers conducted by advocacy group COYOTE-RI, 60% of respondents have taken on less safe clients to make ends meet since the bills passed; 65% said someone had tried to threaten, exploit, or get freebies from them recently; and screening practices (i.e. steps taken to verify the identity or reputation of a client) dropped by 28%.[3] Many have been forced to find clients face-to-face, at locations that are not desirable for safety. Others were approached by guerilla pimps trying to coerce them into doing high-risk work.