December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, a day to call attention to the high rates of violence that sex workers around the world face. In Vancouver, PACE Society held a full day event focused on 'harm reduction & social justice approaches to sex work' with speakers including GSHI Research Scientist Dr. Tara Lyons and co-authour and PACE staff member Leslie Pierre discussing new GSHI research on the health and safety of trans sex workers. Read about their presentation here. At 4pm, the annual Memorial March departed from PACE Society and made its way around the Downtown Eastside, calling for an end to violence against sex workers. Find out more here
GSHI would like to recognize the amazing community work, partnership in research, and ongoing commitment to sex worker's safety demonstrated by our community partner organizations: Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV), WISH Drop-In Centre, PACE Society, SWAN Vancouver, HUSTLE, and Pivot Legal Society.
GSHI's AESHA Project, An Evaluation of Sex Worker's Health Access, has interviewed close to 1000 sex workers in the street and off-street sex industry in Vancouver since 2004 and includes ongoing outreach to street- and off-street sex workers by experiential and non-experiential outreach teams. We have published research in peer-reviewed journals, authored editorials in newspapers, given evidence in the Missing Women's Inquiry and at the Supreme Court in Bedford, and presented to policy makers, on the issue of the violence experienced by sex workers. GSHI supports the decriminalization of sex work to ensure the health and safety of sex workers. See GSHI publications on violence here