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Persist Health Project

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Address: New York City, New York, United States
Countries served: United States
Geographic scope: Local

Phone: 718.635.1791
Facebook: PersistHealthProject/
Twitter: @PersistHealth

Type: Other non-profit
Status: Active
Faith-based: No
Adult focused (NSFW): No
Sex work positive: Yes
Female led: Yes
Sex worker led: No

About Persist Health Project

Persist provides health care referrals, health education, harm reduction and supportive counseling, herbal health services, peer support, job assistance, and leadership development for women, men, and gender non-conforming people involved with and/or impacted by the sex trade.

People involved with Persist Health Project

Zil Garner Goldstein, BSN, MSN, RN, FNP- Clinical Director

Sarah Elspeth Patterson, M.Ed. – Executive Director

Sex work focus for Persist Health Project

Street Escort

Sex worker demographics focus for Persist Health Project

Female Trafficked

Persist is a peer-led, community-based project based on Brooklyn, New York. We provide health and support services, as well as community organizing and leadership opportunities for people in the NYC sex trade. We are by and for sex workers, trafficking survivors, and anyone who has traded sex for money, food, drugs, or other resources.

We believe in bridging the gaps in health and social services for people like us by fighting coercion and violence against people in the sex trade, while building better spaces to get safe, affirming, and affordable health and social services.

We are a membership-based organization; our campaigns and advocacy work are guided by the desires and vision of our membership.

Services offered by Persist Health Project

Safety: Education

On site, we provide:

– Harm Reduction and Supportive Counseling

– Resume and Job Application Assistance

– Peer Support

– Leadership Opportunities

Our off-site, our Clinical Director provides:

– Comprehensive, personalized medical Care

– Annual and routine medical exams

– Immunizations

– Initiation and maintenance of hormone therapy

– Sexual health care

– HIV services including PrEP

We also have supportive and affordable referrals for:

– Financial Planning (off-site)

– Health insurance/medicaid enrollment (off-site)

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