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December 17 Events aim to raise outrage at violence against sex workers and strengthen sex worker communities and responses to the systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience.

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2016 Events

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Anchorage, AK International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

This year’s candlelight vigil will memorialize Jackie Goodwin, who was murdered here in Anchorage this year, and the 10 Anchorage sex workers who’s murders still remain unsolved.

Address: The Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles 430 West 3rd Ave., Anchorage, Alaska
Event Date: 12/17/16 15:00-17:00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1261440463915506/



Tucson, AZ – SWOP-Tucson Organized Activity
Event Location: El Tiradito Shrine 400 S Main Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85701
Event Date: 12/17/16 5:30-7PM
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1791440784447570/

This year, the Sex Workers Outreach Project and allies will gather once again at the sacred El Tiradito shrine in downtown Tucson. Start time 5:30pm in honor of our fallen angels for the global event known as the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year, we will conduct The Sacred Ritual of Beloved Ancestral Whores as a way to express grief and hold space for those who have lost their lives to violence, proclaim intention and manifest change in the world through sex, work, and art. Brownies and hot chocolate served afterwards. Dress warmly and bring your rec umbrellas.




Los Angeles, CA – Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Event Location: 2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA
Event Date: 12/17:,14:00-17:00
Event Contact: [email protected]
Join Us for a rally -Reading of Names -Hookers Army LA self defense demo -Food -Visibility and Outreach


Oakland, CA – 14th Annual Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Event Location: 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA
Event Date: 12/17:,17:00-19:30
Event Flyer: http://www.december17.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/unnamed.jpg

Organized by ESPU, SWOP Bay, and the US PROS Collective, the event will include a potluck, presentation with speakers and video clips from the powerful documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper on the serial murders of Black women in LA, vigil, candlelit procession and short walk through Oakland. The focus of the event is to honor those who have been affected by violence and as a fundraiser in support of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders who have been organizing to get justice for the victims & families and to arrect a permanent memorial for the over 200 missing and murdered Black women, many of them sex workers in LA and to press for victims’ compensation for their children and families.


Sacramento, CA – SWOP-Sacramento Sponsored Event
Check back shortly for details, visit the SWOP-Sacramento Website, or email [email protected] with questions or to offer support!

We will organize another “Bundles Today for Better Tomorrows” survival supplies drive and will meet at Harm reduction services for dinner and to present what Dec 17th is to the public and show the supplies we have raised money for. We then march 3/4 of a mile down a main boulevard that is the stroll with red umbrellas and banners. We end at a clinc that donates the room and this is where we have a candle light vigil, and read the names of those sex workers who have passed in the last year. We end with coffee and dessert and an evening of fellowship. Over the next week we will send outreach teams into the field delivering each of the bundles that we provide.



Denver, CO International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Join Sex Workers Outreach Project Denver in remembering sex workers who have been survivors and victims of violence. The evening will include a vigil, presentation of the names and stories of those we lost in 2016, and a speak-out for sex workers and allies. Bring your poetry, words, or anything else you’d like to share in solidarity- but please keep in mind that space will be held at this event for those most affected by violence and marginalization.

Address: Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ, Denver, Colorado 3250 E 6th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80206
Event Date: 12/17/16 17:00-21:00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/367738676903853/



Athens, GA –  Carol Leigh aka Scarlet Harlot for IDEVASW
Address: Bombs Away Collective, 317 N Chase St, Athens, GA
Event Date: 12/17/16: 20:00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678659949092464/

A Film screening In collaboration with Athens Free School & Bombs Away Collective Join this presentation of a selection of films by the brilliant award winning documentarian/sex worker rights activist Carol Leigh in honor of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – December 17



Chicago, IL – Chicago Vigil for Our Fallen

Address:  Cloud Gate (‘The Bean’), Millenium Park 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Event Date: 12/17/16 20:00-21:00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/195733634220625/

Join Support Ho(s)e and other community members to speak the names of fellow sex workers we’ve lost to state, intimate partner and client violence here and around the world. Join us in saying NO MORE! Join us in remembering and lifting up those folx who should still be with us. At 5PM we will begin speaking their names and close with a collective scream. Candles will be provided, dress warmly, please wear a red scarf or bandana to show respect and solidarity.




Shreveport, Louisiana
Address: Caddo Parish Courthouse 501 Texas St, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
Event Date: 12/17/2016 – 20:00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1780192478911708

Candlelight vigil and speak out in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse.



Baltimore, MD – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Address:  The Ynot Lot 4 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Event Date: 12/17/16 17:00-19:00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880787922207864/ 


Glen Burnie, MD – End Violence & Show Love
Event Date: 12/17/16 17:00-21:00
RSVP for Event Location
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/300410307012528/

Because of these deaths,  Please come and celebrate life and love with us by being pampered. Full Body Massages, Foot Rubs, Meditation through Ropes, (currently booking a pedicurist, know of anyone who would volunteer please let me know), snacks and beverages. Pleathera of harm reduction materials.

Any requests please let me know. Completely free event. Must be a peer to attend.
All while remembering and sending love to our lost ones. We will forever Say Their Names.

Minneapolis, MN – Candlelight Vigil

Address: 425 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Event Date:12/17/16 7pm

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1329237527118834/

An evening of remembrance and celebration of the lives of sex workers the world has lost this year begins with a candlelight vigil. Candles will be provided. Attendees encouraged to bring photos and memories to share.



SWOP-NM- Red Umbrella Day

Date: 12/17/2016 – 6-8PM

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1717335595249363/

Contact Event Organizers for Location

Please join us as we observe the Int’l Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. We’ll convene to read the names, light candles, and share our stories, experiences, and emotions.

*Please note: due to location issues, we will not be marching this year.



New York City, NY – Events Organized by Ceyenne Doroshow

Check back shortly for details,  or email Ceyenne at [email protected] with questions or to offer support!



Portland, OR International Day to End Violence Against Sex workers
“Join us for a community event and vigil. All ages welcome and food will be provided”
Address: 4115 N Mississippi Ave
Event Date: 12/17/16 18:00-20:00
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1031561440305279/



Philadelphia, PA – 13th Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

PHILLY is HOME to diverse communities including sex workers of all cultures, plus transgender and LGBTQ adults. Community allies and caring people are coming together in Philadelphia to participate in the 13th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Saturday December 17, 2016 4-6 pm Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall. Brutal attacks and murders should not be synonymous with sex work. We hope to help deescalate the violence here in Philadelphia, and all of Pennsylvania. Our collective hopes to shed light and love to remind our community that justice for sex workers is a human rights issue. The violence dehumanizes us all, not just those who are the immediate victims.

Address: Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall
Event Date: Saturday December 17, 2016 4-6 pm
Event Website: https://dec17philly.com/



Providence, RI International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

Join Us Saturday December 17, 2016 at 1pm, for International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers. The Rhode Island chapter of Coyote joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. 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. 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 transgender women, 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. This is a free event, open to the public.

Address: 669 Elmwood Ave Suite B7 Providence, RI 02907

Event Date and Hours: Saturday December 17th 2016 at 1PM-3PM EST

Event Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/564279767093487/




Austin, TX – Holiday Card Party (benefiting SWOP)
Address: 2234 Jasmine Path, Round Rock, TX
Event Date & Hours: Saturday, December 17 at 3 PM
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/300410307012528/

On December 17 Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) joins sex workers, allies, and advocates around the world to commemorate the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. This year, we will be partnering with SWOP Behind Bars to create and send holiday cards to imprisoned sex workers around the country. This is a small, tangible thing we can do to make someone’s life a little bit brighter. Won’t you join us?

I will provide a space to write and create, some festive music, and a few drinks and nibbles. Please bring a small donation to go toward postage and any snacks or drinks you’d like to share.


San Antonio, TX – SWOP-San Antonio-Sponsored Event

Check back shortly for details,  or email [email protected] with questions or to offer support!



Washington, D.C. International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Our event will include a vigil, a dj, speakers, performances, and a balloon release. There will also be food and drinks available.

Event Location:  Reeves Center, 2000 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Event Date and Hours:  12/17: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1669595099997483/







Johannesburg, South Africa












Brisbane, Australia –  End Violence and Celebrate Solidarity – Respect Inc Brisbane

Event Location: 28 Mein St Spring Hill QLD 4000, Australia
Event Date: 2pm – 5pm December 16th 2016
Link to Website with Event Information: Respectqld.org.au

Join Respect Inc on December 16th as we come together and celebrate our community in commemoration of victims of violence against sex workers. We will be showing a range of sex work films and making badges with sex work positive images and slogans. Refreshments will be provided.

We are also holding events at our other offices in Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Please RSVP via email or phone if possible: Email: [email protected] | Ph: 0738351111 | SMS: 0476061661


Cairns, Australia – International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers – Respect Inc Cairns

Link to Website with Event Information: Respectqld.org.au

Join Respect Inc on December 16th as we come together and celebrate our community in commemoration of victims of violence against sex workers.


Gold Coast, Australia – International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers – Respect Inc Gold Coast

Link to Website with Event Information: Respectqld.org.au

Join Respect Inc on December 16th as we come together and celebrate our community in commemoration of victims of violence against sex workers.


Townsville, Australia – Social Event to Comemmorate Those We Have Lost Due to Violence in the Sex Industry

Event Location: 118a Charters Towers rd Hermit Park Townsville, Australia
Event Date and Hours: 12/17 12:00-15:00

Event Contact Email: [email protected]


Melbourne, Australia – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Event Location: Lucky Coq 179 Chapel Street Windsor, Melbourne, Australia 3181
Event Date and Hours: 12/17 3:00PM- 12/18 3:00 AM
Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/149850875491370/

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed annually on December 17 by sex workers, their advocates, friends, families and allies. Grab your red umbrella and come join us in raising awareness to help stop the numerous types of violence that those in the industry are exposed to every day. There is a gold coin donation option on the door and we at Lucky Coq are excited to match each donation dollar-for-dollar. 100% of proceeds raised will be donated to Project Respect who are a fantastic NFP organisation who support women in the industry



Latin America


San Salvador, Equador – por la no violencia económica contra las trabajadoras del sexo 

[To End Economic Violence Against Sex Workers]

Event Location: plaza civica del area metropolitana de san salvador, el salvador
Event Date and Hours: de 9:00 am -3:00 pm, November 25
Link to Website with Event Information: https://www.facebook.com/ots.elsalavador

Se hará un volanteo  en una plaza cívica donde repartiremos un comunicado entre la población donde  exponemos la situación de las mujeres trabajadoras del sexo y el no reconocimiento del trabajo sexual en nuestro pais. estaremos entregando volantes a la población en general desde las ocho de la mañana hasta las tres de la tarde

trasladamos acá el contenido del comunicado: “este 25 de noviembre día de la no violencia contra la mujer”
La organización de trabajadoras del sexo exponemos:
Que La economía es un espacio social que refleja, produce y reproduce los valores, supuestos e intereses de las personas que lo han construido.  Esa construcción nos ha llevado a la era de la globalización que además de ser capitalista es un sistema de dominación masculina sobre las mujeres. Aun con esta realidad las mujeres han ido consiguiendo un mayor protagonismo económico. Trabajar fuera del hogar y disponer de recursos económicos propios está cada día siendo una acción prioritaria para las mujeres. Nuestra economía hoy más que nunca,  se sostiene sobre las espaldas de las mujeres. Tres realidades lo demuestran, el desempleo, el trabajo informal y la migración. Pero aunque una mujer esté desempleada, nunca estará sin trabajo, ya que  las mujeres con su trabajo sostienen el corazón de la economía, el cual se da en los hogares .La violencia económica limita a las mujeres en el ejerció de su ciudadanía y sus derechos.la economía patriarcal capitalista neoliberal es violenta, ya que convierte el cuerpo y la sexualidad de las mujeres en medios de producción que tienen que ser dominados y controlados  produciendo desigualdad , exclusión y empobrecimiento .
Ante todo esto las mujeres trabajadoras sexuales decimos este día: que durante años   se nos ha negado el reconocimiento a nuestros derechos económicos y la posibilidad de decidir  sobre nuestra propia autonomía económica. Así como la invisibilizacion de nuestra ciudadanía la cual es controlada por normativas que prohíben el libre ejercicio del trabajo sexual negándonos así el derecho al trabajo.
Además  el estado y la sociedad obvian que al igual que otras mujeres somos madres, esposas que  Sostenemos la familia y la economía nacional influidos por fundamentalismos religiosos que  nos han colocado históricamente como “malas y perversas”.
Ante todo esto las trabajadoras sexuales demandamos:
•       Aprobación de normativas que garanticen los derechos económicos de las trabajadoras sexuales
•       La creación de proyectos sociales orientados a apoyar a la población de mujeres trabajadoras sexuales.
•       Acceso a  servicio de previsión social (seguro y pensión para vejes)para las trabajadoras sexuales de manera progresiva por el estado salvadoreño





Join us on Saturday December 17 for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We have curated a panel of speakers, including leading figures in the sex worker rights movement, researchers, and others. We will be dispelling the myths and educating the public about sex work and the types of violence faced by sex workers.

Speakers include: Jenny Kwan, MP – Brenda Belak, Pivot Legal Society – Jamie Lee Hamilton – Afrodykie Zoe – Kerry Porth – Alison Clancey, SWAN Vancouver Society & more. Refreshments & a light snack will be served. Please RSVP as seats are limited. Have questions? Email us at [email protected] *We are wheelchair accessable & have a gender neutral washroom.

Event Location: PACE Society at 148 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Event Date and Hours:    12/17/16: 13:00-16:00

Link to Website with Event Information:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-day-to-end-violence-against-sex-workers-tickets-29346801072




International Day to End violence Against Sex Workers

Event Date: Saturday, December 17 at 3:30 PM EST

Event Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/825278487610618/




Action, Santé, Travesti(e)s et Transexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTTeQ), Rézo et Stella, l’amie de Maimie invitent les travailleuses.eurs du sexe ainsi que nos allié.e.s proches à se joindre à nous pour : une vigile et une courte marche 

 Le point de rencontre pour la vigile et la courte marche se fera @ 18h15 Au Parc des Faubourgs ; Avenue de Lorimier coin Ontario Montréal, (métro Papineau)

 suivies d’un cocktail, de la création d’une murale collective, et du lancement de la plus récente campagne de Rézo pour le travail du sexe.

 @ 19h au Lounge L’une et l’autre, 1641 rue Amherst

Depuis l’implantation des nouvelles lois en 2014, les travailleuses.eurs du sexe  continuent à travailler dans un contexte criminalisé qui se traduire par une augmentation des arrestations, des déportations, de la violence subie ainsi que des insécurités vécues face à nos conditions de vie et de travail.  Notre bien-être ainsi que notre sécurité continuent donc d’être à risque. Nous soulignions ce 17 Décembre en solidarité envers les travailleuses.eurs du sexe à travers le monde afin de dénoncer la violence que nous subissons au quotidien — la répression policière, le profilage racial et social, ainsi que la gentrification des quartiers qui persistent.  Tous ces facteurs nous isolent encore plus et augmentent nos besoins de décriminalisation du travail du sexe, des clients et des autres personnes avec qui nous travaillons. De plus, nous espérons qu’avec la venue du nouveau gouvernement en place, qui prétend respecter et défendre les droits humains, que nous serons en mesure de décriminaliser le travail du sexe et rendre l’industrie plus sécuritaire.

SVP joignez-vous à nous pour protester contre la violence et la discrimination systémique en lien avec les lois qui régissent le travail du sexe. Ensemble nous sommes plus fort.e.s.


DECEMBER 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers | Action, Santé, Travesti(e)s et Transexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTTeQ), Rézo et Stella, l’amie de Maimie invite sex workers and our close allies to:


 Vigil and Short March Meeting point @ 18h15 |Parc des Faubourgs, Avenue de Lorimier, Montréal, Québec, (Papineau metro)

 FOLLOWED BY Collective Mural Project, Rézo poster campaign launch, Drinks and much more…

@ 19h, Lounge L’un et l’autre, 641 rue Amherst

Since the implementation of new laws against sex work in 2014 sex workers have been living and working under a criminalized regime that has resulted in arrests, deportations, violence and increased insecurity. Our safety and security continues to be at risk. We honour this December 17th in solidarity with sex workers across the world to highlight the continued police repression, profiling, the violence of arrest, the gentrification of our neighbourhoods that push us into isolation, and the desperate need to end criminalization of sex workers, clients and the people we work with. We have hopes that with a new government in place that claims to respect human rights, we will achieve a decriminalized and safe industry that prioritizes sex workers’ safety. Please join us and in protest of the continued and systemic violence of sex work laws and discrimination. Together we are stronger.






Amsterdam – Internationale dag tegen geweld tegen sekswerkers

PROUD and PIC invite you to join us at the sex worker statue Belle in the Red Light District to light some candles and commemorate all the sex workers who have faced violence. Sex work is work. Respect sex workers everywhere.

Address: Oude kerkplein, Amsterdam

Date: 12/17/16 20.00-20.30




Glasgow, Scotland – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Address: George Square G1 1 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Event Date and Hours: Saturday December 17th – 6:30 – 8PM

Event Website:   https://www.facebook.com/events/317044855348579/


LEEDS, Britain – #17daysofaction End Violence Against SexWorkers

Event Website: http://basisyorkshire.org.uk/about-us/17daysofaction-end-violence-sexworkers/

It is a sad reality that sex workers are often victims of violence and fatal attacks. This year, Basis Sex Work Project will again be marking the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Dec. 17th 2016, in the form of “#17daysofaction”, running from December 1st – 17th. We are raising funds to support women who have experienced violence and raising awareness in the community to prevent further violence against them.

Events for #17daysofaction:

4th Dec,: 1 – 4pm: Raising funds with a Christmas Stall at Slung Low – Waterlane – Holbeck
9th Dec. 5:30 – 11:30 pm “The Art of a Profession” Exhibition with music- Hyde Park Book Club – Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL
16th Dec: 7pm – 04:00 All-night Drop – In! and Outreach -Basis Yorkshire Leeds (94 North Street)



Perm, Russia
Video Campaign: “Stop Violence Together” by Silver Rose
Silver Rose is launching a campaign against violence towards sex workers in Russia: “While we are invisible – our pain is invisible. Three million women in Russia are exposed to violence on a daily basis. Any violence is punishable. Our job is our choice. We are not criminals. We exist. Let’s stop violence together! We have the right to live, to love, to work and to defend ourselves! And we start with this video “Stop Violence Together”, for which we want to say thanks to our volunteers from the distant northern city of Perm.”