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For the Dignity, Protection and
Human Rights of Sex Workers in Oregon

The Sex Workers Human Rights Commission

Will hold a Public Hearing

Thursday July 15, 2021 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Portland OR

(Seating limited to Witnesses and Commissioners only)

Click here to view a livestream and later a recording of the hearing

Would you like to submit testimony?

If you can offer insight into the harms that Oregonians face under sex work criminalization or are an Oregon resident who cares about the dignity, protection, and human rights of sex workers, then please share your testimony via this link: https://form.jotform.com/211335146448150.

All testimony data submitted here will be stored in a secure, encrypted location. Testimony will only be used anonymously at the July 15th Commission event, unless you give explicit consent to be identified alongside your testimony. You may retract your testimony and/or participation at any time before the July 15th Commission event; please contact us if you wish to do so.

Sex Workers Human Rights Commissioners Include:

  • Co-Chair Rob Nosse, Oregon State Representative
  • Co-Chair Alex Andrews, Executive Director SWOP Behind Bars
  • Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Commissioner
  • Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD, Oregon Senator
  • Barbara G. Brents, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Angela Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York
  • Ricci Joy Levy, President & CEO, The Woodhull Freedom Foundation
  • Rev. Kerlin Richter, Rector Saint David of Wales
  • Amy Merrell, Executive Director of the CupCake Girls
  • Melissa Broudo, Attorney, SOAR Institute & Decriminalize Sex Work
  • Vanessa Warrie, Glits Inc
  • Elle Stanger, Certified Sex Educator/CSE, podcaster, writer, Oregon sex worker

Witnesses and Supporters will include:

  • Oregon Sex Workers
  • Storm Large, Neko Case and other celebrities
  • LGBTQ Rights Leadership
  • Labor Rights Leaders
  • Youth Activists
  • Gender Justice Experts
  • BIPOC and BLM Leadership
  • Elected Officials
  • Doctors and Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Leading Academic Experts
  • Faith Leaders
  • Immigrant Rights Organizers
  • Latinx Rights Leadership
  • Peace, Economic and Social Rights Activists
  • Rural Organizing Project
  • Oregon NARAL
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Oregon ACLU
  • Transponders
  • Pacific Green Party
  • Democratic Socialist Alliance
  • Social Workers

Click here to read our detailed research and underlying data presented to the Human Rights Commission.