Providing Services to Sex Workers: A Guide for Advocates
Thursday, January 21st 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm Mountain Time
Presented By: Ashlea, Founder of Colorado Entertainer Coalition; Olivia, Board Member of Colorado Entertainer Coalition; and Desiree, MSW, Organizer, Colorado Entertainer Coalition
How you understand sex work informs how you treat sex workers.
This course was created for professionals who want to better understand sex work, and how to better support people in the adult industry. In this course, you will learn to normalize sex work, gain a basic knowledge of sex work and who sex workers are, understand common intersectional identities and topics sex workers may bring up in relation to those identities, and where to find resources available to you and your SW (sex work) client. This course emphasizes and includes community input and research, but is not exhaustive: we want to acknowledge the vast array of experiences in sex work.
Who is the Colorado Entertainer Coalition?
The Colorado Entertainer Coalition (C.E.C) is a sex worker run grassroots organization that works to build community and provide educational resources for sex workers. We strive to reduce the specific barriers sex workers face in various aspects of life. We are committed to the development of sex worker specific resources, trainings, and workshops. The C.E.C. aims to strengthen relationships with the general public to reduce stigma associated with our industry. We continue to work with local professionals who share our commitment to this cause.
Ashlea is a native of Baltimore, MD and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. Working as a traveling stripper across the US, Ashlea was inspired by the sex work activist group BARE in New Orleans, LA to found the Colorado Entertainer Coalition after settling in Colorado. Ashlea’s original hopes for CEC were to create community and increase accessibility of mental health resources and services for sex workers in Colorado. Next fall, Ashlea plans to pursue her Master’s of Social Work.
Olivia moved to Colorado after being raised in Mexico to attend CU Boulder, where she completed her undergraduate degree. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked as a family service provider for underserved families in Boulder County, a board member for the Colorado Entertainer Coalition, and a sex worker. She is now pursuing a master’s in counseling through UC Denver.
Desiree was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and is of Yaqui and Euro-Mexican heritage. While obtaining her B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona she explored sex work as a way to supplement her income. Desiree moved to Colorado to pursue her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Denver. While facing discrimination from professors for her views on sex worker’s rights, Desiree realized changes must be made. Since then Desiree has been active in sex work organizing, policy reform, and education aimed and destigmatizing the sex industry.
This training is supported by federal grants 2018-WF-AX-0028, 2019-WF-AX-0053, 2020-WF-AX-0043 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, through the Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this training are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice nor the Colorado Department of Public Safety.