SWOP BEHIND BARS AT A GLANCE
SWOP Behind Bars is a national grassroots social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers, victims of trafficking, and their communities with a focus on those currently incarcerated or seeking re-entry. SWOP BB centers the voices of sex workers and trafficking victims as we work to end violence and stigma by providing resources, community-building projects, educational programs, and advocacy.
Ashunte Coleman is a Florida based advocate and harm reduction specialist. She is not only affiliated with SWOP Behind Bars, hosting weekly workshops and empowerment meetings, but is a member of Florida Rights Restoration Committee and the founder of LIPs Tampa, which is committed to empowering and advocating for the rights and decriminalization of transgender sex workers in Tampa and its surrounding areas. LIPs serves the needs of trans sex workers, particularly trans sex workers of color, and provides access to basic human needs such as food, safe transportation and housing, gender affirmative healthcare, access to low cost mental health and substance abuse services and to build a sense of community throughout Central Florida.
Blair Hopkins is a New Orleans based photojournalist and lifelong adult industry professional. As the Deputy Director of SWOP Behind Bars, she hosts and produces our podcast, All In A Day's (Sex) Work, and published a book of the same name.
Ceyenne Doroshow (pronounced Kai-Ann) is a compassionate powerhouse performer, activist, organizer, community-based researcher and public figure in the trans and sex worker rights’ movements. She works to provide holistic care to LGBTQ sex workers.
As an international public speaker, her presentations include The Desiree Alliance, Creating Change, SisterSong, Harm Reduction Coalition and the International AIDS Conferences. She was a featured emcee for Toronto Pride and MOMA/PS1’s Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance, lifting her voice as a trans woman of color.
Ceyenne has been heavily featured in the media, has performed on television in Showtime’s OZ, for the documentaries Red Umbrella Diaries and Miss Major.
Known for her skills in the kitchen, Ceyenne co-authored the Caribbean cookbook Cooking in Heels, while incarcerated on prostitution charges. She is currently working on her second book, titled Falling Into the Fire.
Amber DiPietra is a poet, performance artist, bodyworker, and organizer for disability and sex worker rights. Her book Waveform, with collaborator Denise Leto, came out from Kenning Editions in 2011. Her one-woman show, the “Opposite of Evolution Dance Studio” premiered at the Tampa International Fringe Festival in 2018. She is a co-founded of two social justice collectives; the Tampa Bay Area chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (2013) and the Disability and Sexuality Access Network (2016). Find out more about her work at thebodypoetik.com
Katt Cain is an experienced harm reductionist and devoted harm reductionist in Central Florida working at the intersection of syringe exchange and sex work. Her networks of invisible workers has created unparalleled opportunities for access to critical human needs.
Chris (they/them) has been working towards change in Black communities in the South for years. Lived experience with medical racism, domestic violence, and survival sex work has fueled their passion for grassroots activism, human rights for BIPOC sex workers, increasing access to radical education, and mutual aid. In addition to work with SWOP BB they are on SWOP USA's BOD.
Savannah Sly is a musician, Dominatrix, and sex worker rights activist who resides in Seattle, WA. Themes in Savannah’s creative work include existential reflection, sex, power, magic, and people they’ve met. Sly composes and performs original numbers in a variety of styles on bass, guitar, harmonium, and ukulele.
M. Dante is a writer who has contributed to research, discussion, and community conversations on social justice and anti violence efforts in the sex industry for 15 years. Since 2013 Ms. Dante has testified on behalf of sex workers for multiple committees around the country.
Experiencing homelessness from a young age, she was a migrant sex worker for over a decade before becoming an independent worker. With 30+ years industry exposure, she is federally defined as a trafficking survivor and identifies as an active consensual adult worker, educator and ally.
In college, she built connections between domestic violence, homelessness, survival sex work, sex trafficking, and the tolls such takes on mind, body and spirit. She focused the final products of her B.A. and M.A. degree work to trafficking and women’s health. She launched Pennsylvania Survivors Workers Community Clearinghouse and an advocacy clearinghouse for legal, legislative and support-oriented discussions related to sex trafficking and sex work.
Alex is a 53 year old sex worker alumni who has lived experience under criminalization of consensual sex work. She is the Co-Founder of SWOP Behind Bars and sits on the Board of Directors of NSWP as the North American Representative. Alex has been working with men, women and trans folks who have been incarcerated and also have experience in the sex industry and works to reduce the shame, discrimination and stigma of sex work by showing up at community meetings and town hall discussions on trafficking and using herself as an example to demonstrate that sex workers are just like everyone else. She has been called a “watchdog” of anti trafficking activity and is committed to the unification of sex worker rights in the United States.