Sex Worker Criminal Law Resources


Below is a brief list of resources that may be especially helpful. This collection is only a small representation of sex worker-welcoming services in California and the United States. Searching online for additional resources may yield more specific information or assistance. Resources are divided by California-specific organizations, national organizations, and general resources. For ease of use, we have specified whether organizations provide direct or support services, and to what extent they serve sex worker communities and to what extent they serve transgender communities. National Lawyers Guild Interns spoke with representatives of almost all of these organizations to ensure that our description of their services is correct and up-to-date, and that they are explicitly welcoming of transgender community members.

California Resources

Community United Against Violence,
427 South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 777-5500 ext. 301
Safety Line: (415) 333-HELP (4357)

Founded in 1979, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) works to build the power of LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) communities to transform violence and oppression. We support the healing and leadership of those impacted by abuse and mobilize our broader communities to replace cycles of trauma with cycles of safety and liberation. As part of the larger social justice movement, CUAV works to create truly safe communities where everyone can thrive.

El/La para TransLatinas,
Phone: (415) 864-7278
Fax: (415) 575-1645

El/La is an organization for transgender Latinas (TransLatinas) that works to build collective vision and action to promote our survival and improve our quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because we exist in a world that fears and hates transgender people, women and immigrants, we fight for justice. We respond to those who see us as shameful, disposable or less than human. We are here to reflect the style and grace of our survival, and to make new paths for ourselves.

St. James Infirmary,
1372 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 554-8484
Fax: (415) 554-9634

The Mission of the St. James Infirmary is to provide free, compassionate and nonjudgmental healthcare and social services for sex workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

Sex Workers Outreach Project – Bay Area,

SWOP Bay Area is part of national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project,
1230 Martket Street #705
San Francisco, CA 94102

The Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project is a group of transgender people—inside and outside of prison—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. They work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen them for the fight against imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. They seek to create a world rooted in selfdetermination, freedom of expression, and gender justice.

Transgender Law Center,
1629 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (415) 865-0176

The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC provides direct legal services, engages in public policy advocacy and education and works to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.

Nationwide Resources

Center for Constitutional Rights,
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 614-6464

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

National Center for Lesbian Rights,
870 Market Street, Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
Legal Helpline: (415) 392-6257 (9 am to 5 pm PST)
Toll Free Helpline: (800) 528-6257 (9 am to 5 pm PST)
Legal Helpline request forms:

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) helps LGBT individuals and families nationwide through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. NCLR offers a legal helpline during regular business hours, and the best way to request assistance is by filling out an online help form on NCLR's website. NCLR provides referrals, assistance locating LGBT-aware attorneys, and offers limited direct services.

National Center for Transgender Equality,
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 903-0112
Fax: (202) 393-2241

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

National Lawyers Guild National Police Accountability Project,
499 7th Avenue, Suite 12N
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 630-9939
Fax: (212) 659-0695

The National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), a project of the National Lawyers Guild, is a non-profit organization of plaintiff's lawyers, law students and legal workers. NPAP is dedicated to ending police abuse of authority through coordinated legal action, public education, and support for grassroots and victims' organizations combating police misconduct.

Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center,
123 Williams Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 602-5617
Fax: (212) 533-4598

The Sex Workers Project provides client-centered legal and social services to individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. One of the first programs in the nation to assist survivors of human trafficking, the Sex Workers Project has pioneered an approach to service grounded in human rights, harm reduction and in the real life experiences of our clients. Our professional service providers are multi-lingual, non-judgmental and bring more than ten years of experience.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project,
147 West 24th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone/Legal Helpline: (212) 337-8550

SRLP provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming lowincome people and people of color in the New York area. SRLP provides advice and referral for a wide variety of legal issues. Sometimes, they can also provide more help, such as advocacy, help with a case you are bringing on your own, or, more rarely, representation in a legal action.

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois,
4707 N. Broadway, Suite 307
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 272-1822

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois provides free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people targeted by the criminal legal system in Illinois.