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Sex Work Harm Reduction: Beyond Safer Sex

From the Harm Reduction and Mental Health Project

When: April 30, 2010; 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: New York University, 6 Washington Place, Room 551, NYC

Presented by: Maryse Mitchell-Brody, MSW

Harm reduction with people in the sex industry tends to focus on the reduction of risks of sexually transmitted infections. However, the complex set of harms faced by sex workers – and the resilience and strengths of their communities – go well beyond sex. Drawing from personal and professional experiences among sex working communities, Maryse will share her analysis of the societally-rooted harms associated with sex work. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and discuss the various ways that marginalization and stigma impact people in the sex trade, and share strategies for challenging harms through therapeutic harm reduction practice.

Maryse Mitchell-Brody is an organizer and facilitator working to build wellness in and challenge violence against and among LGBTQ, sex working, and other traditionally marginalized communities. Maryse is a co-founder of Sex Workers Outreach Project-NYC (SWOP-NYC), a member of the Rock Dove Collective and is active in various other local and national movements for harm reduction and healthy communities. Maryse got her MSW in Community Organization and Planning from Hunter College. As a part of her placement at CitiWide Harm Reduction, Maryse developed the curriculum for a participatory action group for people in the sex trade called Trade Up! Maryse joined the NYC Anti-Violence Project in 2009, where she coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

The members of the Harm Reduction and Mental Health Project organizing committee are Michele Stocknoff, LMSW, Kathryn Grooms, LMSW, and Scott Kellogg, PhD.

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