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Address: Dublin, Other, Ireland
Countries served: Ireland
Type: Other non-profit
NOT A SEX WORK/SEX WORKER POSITIVE ORGANIZATION –
FROM RUHAMA WEBSITE –
Ruhama is a voluntary organisation, based in Dublin and works on a national level, with women affected by prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
Ruhama is Hebrew for ‘renewed life’.
The organisation is predominantly a frontline service and began its work in 1989, as an outreach service to women in street-based prostitution.
Over the years the service has evolved and adapted to meet the needs of women. Some of these changes reflect the changing nature of the Irish sex trade which has become more globalised, predominantly indoors and controlled by organised crime.
People involved with Ruhama
Chief Executive – Sarah Benson
Service Manager – Sheila Crowley
Sex work focus for Ruhama
Sex worker demographics focus for Ruhama
Services offered by Ruhama
Our Services to Women include:
Individual casework support and advocacy
Crisis accommodation in emergency situations
One to one and group, training and development opportunities
Support into mainstream training and/or employment
Support in finding housing
Assistance in accessing social welfare
Referral to other key agencies that can offer supports
Mobile Street outreach in Dublin’s “Red Light” area
Outreach service to the Dochas Centre (Women’s Prison)
Outreach service to HSE Women’s Health Service sexual health clinic
Our Advocacy, Awareness Raising and Campaigning work includes:
Highlighting the demand in the sex trade, calling on the criminalisation of the purchase of sexual services with the decriminalising of those prostituted
Addressing the widespread stereotyping and blaming of women and the stigma attached, which isolates women and limits their opportunities to progress
Raising awareness of the harm caused by prostitution to those in prostitution and to society as a whole, by stimulating discussion and debate among the wider public
Delivery of training and awareness sessions to groups on the issue of prostitution and trafficking
Preparing submissions and reports highlighting the experiences of women affected by prostitution and trafficking
Engaging in research and organising seminars on specific issues associated with prostitution and sex trafficking
Engaging with domestic and international networks and organisations to coordinate activities and advocate for policy positions at international levels, that recognise the harm of prostitution and target demand
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