877-776-2004 Ext 555 swopbehindbars@gmail.com

Creating Community for Incarcerated Sex Workers

A chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)

The Mission of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Behind Bars

SWOP Behind Bars is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people who face discrimination from the criminal justice system due to the stigma associated with the sex industry. We advocate for the full decriminalization of adult consensual sex work and ending cash bail. We draw attention to the effects of generational poverty on sexualized violence against marginalized and vulnerable populations, especially women, people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, people who use drugs, people with disabilities, and people living with HIV. Using a harm reduction framework, we provide services and support with a focus on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

What Does SWOP Behind Bars Do?

Since the inception of SWOP Behind Bars (SBB) in May 2016, SWOP Behind Bars has sent out over 25000 newsletters to prisoners in 14 states. We have coordinated over 2000 pen pals. We have coordinated more than 20000 books through Amazon Wishlists, 3000 book donations to prison libraries, and approximately 450 GED self-study guides to prisoners and prison libraries. We have funded 12 college level scholarships and presented at human rights conferences and rallies. We have provided reentry support for 120 recently released prisoners and we have published a reentry guide to help incarcerated people transition back to their community. We have fiscally sponsored 4 other like-minded organizations. We have a diverse Board of Directors that includes people who have been incarcerated or are still incarcerated. We support men, women, and trans folks.

Find out why SWOP is “Behind Bars”

Slixa: FOSTA Essay Finalist

About this essay: Against FOSTA/SESTA was chosen as the First Place finalist in Slixa’s call for entires on the subject of FOSTA/SESTA. In addition to a cash award for the author, this designation also came with a matching contribution to a provider-focused service organization of the author’s choosing. Congratulations to Lucy Kahn. Slixa is proud to support SWOP – Los Angeles in their thoughtful and important work.

read more

Guide to Writing Letters to People Behind Bars

Currently & formerly incarcerated survivors have stated again and again how important letters of support are to their well-being. Letters are also important strategies to build relationships and organizing coalitions across prison walls. Here’s a basic guide for...

read more

NSWP Threads: Impact of Anti-trafficking Policy and Practise on Sex Workers’ Human Rights in Thailand

NSWP on EMPOWER Thailand: A panel from ‘Mida Tapestry’, created by migrant sex workers to compliment the ‘Hit and Run’ sex worker research project. The tapestry was first publically displayed at the 12 February, 2012, launch of the ‘Hit and Run’ research initiative in Bangkok, Thailand. Image attributed to EMPOWER Foundation. 

read more

Plagued by Misconduct Claims, Will Columbus’s Vice Unit Be Held Accountable?

Regarding the dubious murder of Donna Castleberry Dalton by a Columbus, Ohio undercover vice cop, Alex Andrews, co-founder of SWOP Behind Bars, which advocates for the human rights of incarcerated sex workers, wrote to Truthout in a private Facebook message, “We would like to see the entire police department help accountable for this police officer’s actions.” Truth Out: Plagued by Misconduct Claims, Will Columbus’s Vice Unit Be Held Accountable?
Art Thx To Johnny Robinson for D/17

read more