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COLLECTION Identifier: B/S518

Sex Workers Outreach Project collection, ca.2010


Printed material of the Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA, an organization advocating for rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities.


  • Creation: 2010


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

The collection contains two cards and three pamphlets supporting the human rights of people working in the sex trade. There are two small cards advocating for the decriminalization of sex work and promoting the website In addition, there is a pamphlet describing the national SWOP organization, which outlines the organization's activities and the locations of its chapters. There is also a pamphlet produced by the Las Vegas chapter of SWOP that answers questions about the sex industry, some specific to Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, there is an unattributed pamphlet entitled "Sex Work: What's in a Name?" that encourages the use of the term "sex workers" to describe individuals involved in the sex trade. The pamphlet also defines who sex workers are and the need for improved laws and legislation regarding health and safety. It also suggests improvements to current policies, such as enforcement of laws against assault, access to health care education and job training; training to identify individuals involved in human trafficking; and training in business and money management.


The Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA, also known as SWOP, is a national social justice network advocating for the rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities. The organization seeks to end violence and stigma through education and advocacy. Founded in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay area, SWOP has chapters in several major cities in the United States, including New York City; Chicago, Illinois: Las Vegas, Nevada; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Tucson, Arizona. At the national level, SWOP provides a range of support to its chapters including funding sex-worker-led initiatives; maintaining a technical infrastructure including media lists, newsletters, and websites; providing mentoring and leadership development to support new organizers; and a maintaining a community support warm line.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M144

The Sex Workers Outreach Project collection was acquired from Gerard Koskovitch in 2020.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2021

By: Paula Aloisio

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

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Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

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