On December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, GSHI Research Scientist Dr. Tara Lyons, alongside co-authour and PACE member Leslie Pierre, presented new GSHI research. Drawing mainly from a recent publication in Qualitative Health Research, Dr. Lyons and Leslie Pierre shared the experiences of trans sex workers in Vancouver with violence, and emphasized the negative impacts of transphobia and stigma on the health and safety of trans sex workers. Read a summary of this paper here
Organised by PACE Society, the full day event titled: 'Harm Reduction & Social Justice Approaches to Sex Work', featured speakers including Brenda Belak from Pivot Legal Society, Kerry Porth from Living in Community, Joyce Arthur from the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, and Alison Clancey of SWAN Vancouver. The event concluded with the annual Memorial March through the Downtown Eastside with sex workers, advocates and allies calling for an end to violence against sex workers around the world.