Our Core Members
Our leaders and membership consist entirely of current and former sex workers who are familiar with the ups and downs of working in the industry as well as the difficulties and discrimination faced by sex workers when we seek to organize to improve our quality of life and working conditions.
Director of Creative Growth and Organization
Jenna Torres is a Community Advocate and Human Rights Supporter. She is a Published Author, Spoken Word Artist, Entrepreneur, and above all a proud mother to three beautiful children! She believes people have agency to make the best decisions possible in order to survive. She defends them and works with communities to build realistic solutions to real life problems like violence, poverty, and discrimination. Jenna’s vision is to empower communities often overlooked and overcriminalized. She has a special place in her heart for young people, especially young moms! You can find more information about her on her website iamjennatorres.com
Director of Community Networking
Ceyenne Doroshow is a compassionate powerhouse performer, activist, organizer, community-based researcher, and public figure in the trans and sex worker rights’ movements. As the Founder and Executive Director of G.L.I.T.S., she works to provide holistic care to LGBTQ sex workers while serving on the following boards: SWOP-USA, Caribbean Equality Project, SOAR Institute, and NYTAG. As an international public speaker, she presents at conferences such as The Desiree Alliance, Creating Change, SisterSong, Harm Reduction Coalition, and the International AIDS Conference. She has emceed events for Toronto Pride and MOMA/PS1’s Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance, lifting her voice as a trans woman of color. Ceyenne has been heavily featured in the media, has performed on television in Showtime’s OZ, for the documentaries Red Umbrella Diaries and Miss Major, and is the co-author of Cooking in Heels, a Caribbean cookbook written while she was incarcerated on prostitution charges.
Director of Long Term Strategy and Sustainability
Yaya Atta is a bi-coastal, Harlem, NY (Lenape Territory) and Oakland, CA (Ohlone Territory) based artist, wordsmith, and the hood resource builder behind Cookie's Joint, a community-ran project that provides food, clothing, toiletries, gender-affirming items, emergency-housing, crisis support, and drug/alcohol recovery support to LGBTQI people of color.
They make extravagant memes challenging social norms, brutal poetry dissecting histories of abuse and violence, multimedia performance excursions through the life of the intersectionally oppressed, and nuanced prose and essay contemplating current events through tiny cracks and details that have been overlooked in our struggle to create easier, more binary narratives (see their posts for a sample of what those things look like) and they make connections between people and the resources they need to survive.
Director of Research and Resources
Jay/Jae is an expert advocate for commercially sexually exploited individuals with Liaison Consulting Services, a sex worker led training, education & research company she recently launched this past March. She is closely affiliated with the Lysistrata Mutual Care Collective as well as the Black Sex Workers Collective. She was a Court Advocate for the Red Umbrella Project & dually a Health Educator with Persist Health, which specialized in sex workers access to care. She is a lifelong New Yorker with almost two decades of experience in community outreach and organizing, advocacy work, research and consulting in the city. She has been a Research Associate on the CDC's NHBS Study HET-4 cycle which focused on active NYC cis-gender female sex workers and the co-author of Navigating Force and Choice: Experiences in the New York City Sex Trade and the Criminal Justice System's Response. In addition to her professional and academic background, Jay has been involved in the Adult Entertainment industry since the age of 14. For her first 15 years in the sex trade she worked as a street-based sex worker & private erotic dancer, as well in peep shows, bars, erotic dance clubs, in- and out-call escort agencies and as a phone sex operator. BDSM is where she felt most comfortable, and is how she has worked since 2005.
Cora has been a sex worker since 2007 primarily working as a stripper. She also runs Smoke & Commerce, a percentage profit share event production company that organizes and hosts events to raise funds for orgs, provides mental health, body care, job training and community spaces to femmes, enby folks and sex workers, and works to develop fair payment structures that address and combat labor rights abuses and discrimination perpetrated in the club and nightlife industries while taking into account the unique needs of employees in these fields. She firmly believes that people like herself with the privilege to work in legal, more respectable and higher earning areas of the industry should contribute significant time and resources to further decriminalization efforts and to fighting the violence and stigmatization that disproportionately affects people of color and trans women working in the industry.
Pasha Eve Ripley
Pasha is the head of SWOP Denver and Executive Director of our fiscal sponsor Red Light Resources International (RLRI), the ONLY nonprofit in the U.S. targeting Human Trafficking through resource coordination for education, harm reduction and data collection to diverse businesses specifically associated with the travel and tourism industry. Pasha, a descendant of Korean refugees fleeing religious persecution, is a former escort service provider and manager who has utilized her unique life experiences and point of view to address thousands at the Colorado State Capitol, participate with professional panels and radio interviews, be a key note speaker at conventions, share her story at other nonprofit fundraisers and open honest conversation within town halls and community groups. Pasha has also made several television appearances including: ESPN, Montel, Inside Edition, 20/20 and local news programs in her mission to be a staunch advocate for exploited peoples.
Laura is a Seattle based sex worker, trafficking survivor, published writer, founder of Safe Night Access Project Seattle and worked with the United Nations on a policy brief around the intersections of sex work, stimulant use and HIV. Laura has just begun work on editing an anthology of writing by people in the sex industry, whether one identifies as a sex worker, sex trafficking survivor or both. The American public often looks at work in the sex trade as inherently exploitative, but those of us in the industry know why this is not true. Sex trafficking survivors are all too used to having wealthy, white non-survivors speak for them. This makes the voices of actual survivors that much more important to give space to. The sex Industry can be empowering, and it can be disempowering but it is never just one thing to everyone. This literary project is important precisely because of the complex nature of experiences in the sex industry that can no longer be distilled by voices who have not walked in our shoes. You can help fund stipends to pay people for their submissions to the anthology here!
Sasha Scarr is a freelance writer, athlete, musician and grassroots activist who reports current events and deconstructs modern politics and institutional practices for criticism.
Sasha is available for activist and writing projects within the continental Americas. You can reach Sasha at email@example.com.