Farewell to a Visionary Leader

Robyn Few, founder of SWOP USA and friend of the Best Practices Policy Project, passed away September 13, 2012 after a valiant four years managing a serious form of cancer. Robyn and a circle of colleagues re-booted the struggle for sex worker rights in the United States in the mid-2000s by creating a way for sex workers and allies to organize locally via SWOP chapters and be connected by national network. Robyn also co-founded the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (December 17). Read more about Robyn, hear her voice and view some of our photos of her in the struggle.

Robyn was outspoken about her experiences as a sex worker in her teen age years and as a adult. She was called to the cause for sex worker rights after being charged in 2002 with conspiracy to promote prostitution as a result of being investigated under the PatriotAct.

Robyn was a visionary, a wonderful spirit, creative, beautiful and immensely talented. She created a special bond with so many of us in the movements for the rights of people in the sex trade and with our children including the kids she affectionately called Blaze, Boris, Brewster, Thor and so many more. Read more about Robyn at her own site and hear her reading a poem on March 3, the International Day for Sex Worker Rights.