End Unjust Arrests, Sentencing and Sex Offender Registration of Sex Workers: Statement of Support for Resistance in New Orleans

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We the undersigned extend our support for Women With A Visions "No Justice!" Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of people arrested for sex work under the 203-yr-old crimes against nature felony-level law in New Orleans, LA. We believe that the unjust application of this law, which requires those sentenced to register as sex offenders for 10 years, and places sex offender on their photo identification cards, among other prescribed penalties, further marginalizes and wrongfully criminalizes vulnerable communities.

It is apparent that the application of this law is gender-biased and reflects a broader problem of over-criminalization of low-income and people of color. The overwhelming majority of those sentenced under the law are African-American, and nearly all are women, with transgender women also being disproportionately impacted.

We believe that no person should be arrested, let alone charged as a sex offender, for selling sex. We also hold that marginalized communities; including people of color, sex workers, transgender people, and drug users; must have greater access to health care, education, housing, general economic wellbeing, safety, and freedom from state violence such as imprisonment.

We will work together, under the guidance of organizations and individuals in New Orleans to support this important campaign. We encourage all other organizations concerned about racial justice, gender justice, economic justice, health, human rights, and sex worker rights to do so as well.


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  • Terri R
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    • Maggies
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    • Toronto
  • Maria M
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    • Australia
  • Sarah J
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    • SWOP-NYC
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    • New York, USA
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  • Carrie C
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    • United States
  • Susan L
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    • SWOP Las Vegas
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    • Nevada
  • Rene R
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    • v-day halifax 2010
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    • canada
  • Beth W
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    • Washington, DC
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  • Jason M
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    • Canada
  • Cameron L. M
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    • Oakland, CA
  • Penelope S
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    • Best Practices Policy Project
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    • Washington, DC
  • Penny S
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    • BC Canada
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    • This is just WRONG.
  • Stephanie W
  • Joel S
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    • Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)
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    • Georgetown, Guyana
  • Danielle B
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    • В
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    • Chicago, IL
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  • Melissa B
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    • Best Practices Policy Project
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    • New York
  • Fawna S
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    • Chicago, IL
  • Hillary B
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    • Illinois
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    • As sex offender registration was created to prevent dangerous individuals from taking up residence near their victims, sex workers unequivocally do NOT fit that description.
  • Carol L
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    • BAYSWAN- Bay Area Sex Workers Advocacy Network
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    • San Francisco
  • Claudia B
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    • UK
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  • LAYLANI W
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    • SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW ORLEANS
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    • COMMERCIAL SEX WORKER IN S.F. & N.O. FROM 1977 TO 1993.
  • Megan S
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    • CA
  • J. K
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    • Desiree Alliance
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    • Washington, DC
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  • Shani Mandisa M
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    • louisiana
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    • Stop Criminalizing and Policing Sex Work!!!
  • sonya m
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    • HIPS
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    • washington dc
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  • Amy L
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    • SPOC
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    • Canada
  • Svati S
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    • University of Massachusetts
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    • USA
  • Catherine W
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    • Canada-British Columbia
  • Laurel R
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    • Canada
  • Betty D
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    • Sex Workers Outreach Project~Chicago
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    • Chicago, IL, USA
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    • В
  • Jim m
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    • Die Warzau
  • Amanda B
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    • SWOP-East
  • Amanda S
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  • Marie B
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    • California
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    • Victoria
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    • Australia
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    • Atlanta, Georgia
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    • CA
  • Caroline M
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    • Maryland
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    • Chicago, IL