Councilmember David Grosso is proud to collaborate with the Sex Worker Advocates

Coalition on the Reducing Criminalization to Improve Community Safety and Health
Amendment Act of 2017. The organizations who make up the coalition bring unique
perspectives to this issue and can provide additional expertise about the need for a rethinking
of how the District of Columbia approaches sex work.
HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by
sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides
compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that
is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.
Contact: Cyndee Clay ( –
Casa Ruby is the only Bilingual Multicultural LGBT Organization providing life saving services
and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBT community. Their mission is to create
successful life stories among Transgender, Gender Queer and Gender Non-conforming Gay,
Lesbian and Bisexual people.
Contact: Ruby Corado ( –
GLAA was founded in 1971 as the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, and updated in 2017 to be
more inclusive of the LGBTQ community. GLAA is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit
political organization that defends the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people in the Nation’s Capital.
Contact: Guillaume Bagal ( –
Collective Action for Safe Spaces is a grassroots organization that works to empower people
in the DC metropolitan area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and
Contact: Jessica Raven ( –
Whitman-Walker Health’s mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent
community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including
individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV care.
Contact: Daniel Bruner ( –
ACLU of the District of Columbia is the D.C. affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.
ACLU-DC has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties of D.C.
residents for more than 50 years.
Contact: Suzanne Ito ( -

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DC Rape Crisis Center is the designated State Sexual Assault Coalition for the District of
Columbia providing survivor-centered advocacy through therapeutic services, training and
technical assistance, community education, public policy initiatives as well as volunteer
Contact: Indira Henard (
No Justice No Pride is a coalition of DC activists that seeks to end the LGBT movement's
complicity in systems of oppression that harm LGBTQ2SIA+ people.
Contact: Emmelia Talarico ( & Drew Ambrogi
( –
Amara Legal Center provides free legal services to individuals whose rights have been violated
while involved in commercial sex, whether involvement was by coercion, necessity, choice, or
otherwise, in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Contact: Yvette Butler ( –
URGE envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships,
and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. URGE builds this vision by
engaging young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for
all by providing training, field mobilization, and national leadership for a youth-driven agenda.
Contact: Alexis Cole ( –
Sex Workers Outreach Program-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the
fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing
on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.
Contact: Magalie Lerman ( –
BYP100 is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to
creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a collective
focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and
education using a Black queer feminist lens.
Contact: Thyme Canton ( & Nnennaya Amuchie
( –
National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy
organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.
Contact: Harper Jean Tobin ( –

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Center for Health and Gender Equity, CHANGE, advances gender equality and the
empowerment of all women and girls by promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights.
They do this by elevating women’s voices to influence public discourse and policy.
Contact: Twanna Hines ( –
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University was
established in 2007 through the generous philanthropy of Linda and Timothy O’Neill to
respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international
health concerns. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., the O’Neill
Institute reflects the importance of public and private law in health policy analysis.
Contact: Sean Bland ( -
Best Practices Policy Project is dedicated to supporting organizations and advocates working
with sex workers, people in the sex trade and related communities in the United States. We
produce materials for policy environments, address research and academic concerns and
provide organizations and advocates with technical assistance. Everything that we do is guided
by principles that protect the rights of people who engage in commercial sex in all its forms.
Contact: Penelope Saunders ( -

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