Last year we posted information about the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and why this is important, just after the bodies of sex workers were discovered on Long Island. No one has been arrested for these murders. Here is the information about this year’s vigil, this Saturday. Scroll down to past posts for information and statements about violence, including these murders very close to NYC.
Here is the information about this year’s NYC event.
What: DECEMBER 17 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
When: Saturday, 12/17 from 2pm – 4pm
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, 164 West 100th Street, New York 10025
(Near Amsterdam Avenue. 1, 2, or 3 train to 96th Street. Please note this venue is not wheelchair accessible.)
Join us for the annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This is a community gathering and vigil, free and open to the public.
All are welcome, especially if you are currently or formerly involved in the sex trades. We welcome our friends, families, allies, and those concerned for our health and safety. Please spread the word!
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first organized nearly a decade ago by sex workers in San Francisco to memorialize the people murdered by serial killer Gary Ridgway. Ridgway captured the attitude that cultivates violence towards sex workers: “I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.”
At the event, we create a space that challenges this assumption by demonstrating that we have a caring community.
The Center for Constitutional Rights
Latino Commission on AIDS
NYC Anti-Violence Project
Queering OWS (Occupy Wall Street)
Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)
PONY (Prostitutes of New York)
Positive Health Project (PHP)
PROS NetworkSafe Horizon
Sex Workers Project
Trans Women’s Anti Violence Project
Washington Heights CORNER Project