Sex Worker Rights

WWAV and BreakOUT! to host national sex workers rights conference


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 11th, 2016

Media contact: Desiree Evans,

NEW ORLEANS – The sixth annual national Desiree Alliance Conference, themed “The Sex Workers Rights Movement: Addressing Justice,” will take place here in downtown New Orleans, July 10th-15th, 2016.

Previous locations for the conference include San Francisco, Chicago, and Las Vegas. The conference includes five tracks: academics and policy; activism; arts, entertainment, and media; business development; and harm reduction and outreach. The conference is being hosted by two local organizations, Women With A Vision and BreakOUT!


The Desiree Alliance is a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social scientists, professional sex educators, and their supporting networks working together for an improved understanding of the sex industry and its human, social and political impacts. Their focus is on building local and regional leadership and constructive activism in the sex worker population to advocate for sex workers’ human, labor and civil rights.

The Desiree Alliance conference is a forum for people who have experience as sex workers, in the sex trade, and allies of sex workers. Sex work includes working as an exotic dancer, webcam model, street-based sex worker, massage worker, escort, having sex for housing/food/clothing, drugs, or having sex to get the money needed to survive.

For more information or to register for this years conference visit

Local hosts of the conference, Women With A Vision and BreakOUT!, are excited to host the first Desiree Alliance conference in the South. The South is an often overlooked region in sex workers rights advocacy and we face unique challenges that will be addressed at this years conference. 

Women With A Vision is a social services agency that addresses issues faced by the most marginalized women in the New Orleans region, including sex workers rights, drug policy reform, HIV positive women’s advocacy, and reproductive justice outreach.

BreakOUT! seeks to end the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to build a safer and more just New Orleans.

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