December 17 is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year, the day will be observed by Sex Workers Outreach Project Tampa Bay and the Sex Worker Solidarity Network in front of the Tampa Federal Courthouse,
801 North Florida Ave, Tampa
8am – 2pm Sex Worker Outreach Project Tampa
“Heels in Heaven” art installation in memory of sex workers that have died this year due to systemic and physical violence. Join us in front of the courthouse to view the art and learn more about sex worker rights on this International day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
5pm Sex Worker Solidarity Network
On this day we will gather on the steps of the federal courthouse to bring attention to the numerous brutal deaths that have plagued our community. Sex workers have faced violence since the beginning, both from the government and its enforcers and men who think no one will notice or care. This is a direct result of the dehumanization of sex workers and marginalized genders. Stand with us to fight back against the abhorrent stigma we face everyday, FOSTA/SESTA and every patriarchal aspect of our society.
Please feel free to bring candles and flowers to both events. Donations to both organizations are also much appreciated.
“As we approach this day, we come together to remember those lost this year and renew our commitment to the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.
On December 17th, we also renew our commitment to solidarity. The majority of violence against sex workers is not just violence against sex works—it’s also violence against transwomen, against women of color, against drug users, against immigrants. We cannot end the marginalization and victimization of all sex workers without also fighting trans-phobia, racism, stigma and criminalization of drug use, and xenophobia.
Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.
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. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Racism, economic inequality, systems of colonialist and state violence and oppression must end. The stigma and discrimination and criminalization that makes violence against us acceptable must end. Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against our communities.”