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Address: New York City, New York, United States
Countries served: United States
Geographic scope: Local
Type: Sex worker run
Parent organization: PROS Network – NYC
Sex work positive: Yes
Female led: Yes
Sex worker led: Yes
About Red Umbrella Project
The Red Umbrella Project (RedUP) is a small peer-led organization based in Brooklyn, New York, which amplifies the voices of people in the sex trades to take greater control of their lives and livelihoods through sustained and structured peer-mentoring initiatives, multimedia storytelling platforms, and public advocacy skills development programs.
We strive to build the capacities of people in the sex trades people both as individuals and as a community, so that we can engage in debates about issues that affect us and make positive changes both on personal and political levels. Because of the stigma, discrimination, and violence our community faces there are major barriers to our participation in civic and political life. We create programming that supports the development of skills, confidence, and political analysis among our members so that they can better navigate social and economic justice issues. About 80% of our program participants self-identify as LGBTQ.
We work to ensure that cisgender and transgender women, cisgender and transgender men, LGBQ people, people who are impacted by HIV/AIDS, people who are parents, people of color, people who use drugs, people with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities, and people with complex experiences of the sex trade have space to share their experiences with a wide audience, fight discrimination, and advocate for change.
Public facts about Red Umbrella Project
New York Women’s Foundation
The New York Foundation
The craigslist Charitable Fund
People involved with Red Umbrella Project
Audacia Ray, Founder and Director
Jenna Torres, Community Organizer
Sex work focus for Red Umbrella Project
Sex worker demographics focus for Red Umbrella Project
Services offered by Red Umbrella Project
How We Work
People in the sex trades learn about RedUP through word of mouth, referrals from services providers, or through connecting with RedUP member stories at events, on our podcast, in our literary journal, or online
Sex workers participate in our memoir writing, improv theatre, media spokesperson, and advocacy workshops, where they meet peers, deepen their understanding of their personal circumstances, and connect their experiences with the struggles of the broader community
RedUP members get one-to-one and group leadership development support to pursue personal goals like becoming a published writer, improving working conditions, or applying for jobs outside of the sex industry, and they give back to the community by facilitating workshops and becoming mentors to other program participants
A diverse group of sex workers comes together and becomes part of RedUP community organizing efforts to reduce stigma, discrimination, and violence
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