Desiree Alliance Conference

The Best Practices Policy Project was part of a collective organizing and supporting the 5th Desiree Alliance Conference entitled The Audacity of Health: Sex Work, Health and Politics  that was held July 14 to 19, 2013, in Las Vegas. The Desiree Alliance conference is a key organizing event in the sex worker rights calendar, providing an unparalleled opportunity for activists (both sex workers and their allies) from all across the country to meet in person and for skills building in harm reduction, research/policy, art/culture, organizing and more.

Why the theme the “audacity of health”? Sex workers have long been at the forefront of health and safety measures in their communities by developing peer-based sex education, creating clinics, and organizing “bad date” lists. Health and safety are central as communities of sex workers and people in the sex trade strive towards healthy, safe workplaces, emotional health, healthy relationships within and outside of sex work, healthy attitudes, healthy laws and policies and more. The 2013 Desiree Alliance conference will focus on the importance of this broad understanding of the “audacity of health” in sex workers’ lives and communities.

Scholarship applications are closed.

The conference organizing group is seeking new volunteers for 2015. This is a great opportunity to become more versed in organizing for the rights of sex workers and to bring your skills to help the cause for rights. If you are interested in volunteering, email and place the word “volunteer” in the subject line of your email.

Early bird registration is now closed. Registration fees for the conference include: attendance at any or all of the workshops, presentations, and sessions; name badge and registration packet; breakfasts OR snack daily; roundtrip complimentary shuttle (provided by the hotel) to and from the airport; childcare during the conference; special discounted room rates; the opportunity to meet amazing people! Registration fees do not include: transportation; lodging; extra curricular activities; fundraiser after party (you will have the option of purchasing a ticket during registration, and early registrants get a discount); souvenirs, personal expenses, etc; dinners are NOT included.