Copy and past this template press release into emails to local news outlets.
Be sure to type in the information for YOUR event into this email.
Local Contact:[ADD YOUR INFORMATION HERE]
National Contact:Sex Workers Outreach Project, USA Briq House, Communications Director [email protected]
TITLE [eg. Sex Workers March 12/17 in Talahassee to Denounce Over 50 Murders in the U.S. This Year]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[City] — On Saturday, December 17th, [YOUR CITY] will join more than 20 other cities in the United States and 40 cities internationally to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year, local organizers are planning [THIS TYPE OF EVENT EXAMPLE: march, vigil, lecture, dance party, bike ride, whatever] to raise awareness about the violence sex workers face. [REPLACE WITH CITY EVENT INFORMATION DETAILS –The march will begin at 5:30 at the north Entrance of Harold Washington Library and proceed north along State street. The vigil will begin at 7:00 pm at Jane Addams Hull House, 800 S. Halsted.]
Known as December 17th, the event originated as a response to the sentencing of Gary Ridgeway who confessed to murdering more than 70 women over two decades. Most of Ridgway’s victims were sex workers, and their murders initially went largely uninvestigated, allowing Ridgway’s violence to continue. Ridgway mentioned he targeted the community “because I thought I could kill as many as I wanted without getting caught.”
A memorial list including the names of sex workers who died as a result of violence is often read at local memorial vigils. The list of over 150 sex workers murdered between January 1 and December 1, 2016, highlight the vulnerability of sex workers around the world. Victims in 2016 included two prominent trans and sex worker activists: Alessa Flores of Mexico City and Handi Kader, of Istanbul; [ADD SEX WORKERS IN YOUR STATE AREA]
The victims’ identities highlight the intersection of different marginalized identities: 42% of victims in the United States were Black, 48% of whom were Black trans women. The list also highlights dangers of lax gun laws in the Americas: over 70% of victims were murdered in the United States (35%), Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America (35%) [ADD STATISTICS FOR YOUR AREA OR ISSUES OF YOUR COMMUNITY HERE]
Information about [YOUR CITY’S EVENT] December 17th events can be found at [YOURS WEBSITE OR THE DEC 17TH SITE]. More information about December 17th and worldwide events can be found at www.december17.org.