Sex Workers and Allies Network (SWAN)

Sex Workers & Allies Network is a harm reduction organization based in New Haven, Connecticut. SWAN stands for decriminalization of sex work, abolition of the unjust criminal system, and dignity for all.

SWAN is a program of the CT Harm Reduction Alliance.

Outreach

Harm reduction means meeting people where they are. Our street outreach team distributes supplies and connects folks to services.

Learn more about our mobile outreach van and engagement center.

Advocacy

SWAN advocates for the full decriminalization of sex work and for policies that address the root causes of poverty and marginalization. We believe in “nothing about us without us.”

Learn more about our advocacy work.

Programming

SWAN offers programs for current and former sex workers to gather in community. These include leadership programs, group therapy, focus groups, and more.

Learn more about our current programming.

In these years, I have been trusted to become a SWAN member myself, despite my mental health issues and being homeless. I have spoken on panels about my life, become an outreach worker and an advocate for harm reduction. I have grown as a person, seeing my self esteem soaring, and realizing I am a strong, valuable member of society.

ChristineSWAN Member

Places like this connect us with like-minded people and give us a place to be heard – something we often lack.

JasmineSWAN Member

After a few groups I started to feel real good to have people out here in the streets that are willing to help us sex workers. I feel really blessed to be a part of SWAN.

KimberlySWAN Member

Our volunteers are an important part of our grassroots movement.

Support SWAN’s life-saving work.

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With the cold winter weather, having tarps, tents, sleeping bags, hand warmers, and other gear is life saving. So far, we’ve distributed 30+ tents and tons of winter weather gear to unhoused folks in our community.

Shoutout to Christine (pictured on the right) for making this project happen#swanctS#NewHavenw#homelessnesss#harmreductionu#outreacht#harmreductionsaveslivess#winterweathere#connecticutc#StayWarmaywarm
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With the cold winter weather, having tarps, tents, sleeping bags, hand warmers, and other gear is life saving. So far, we’ve distributed 30+ tents and tons of winter weather gear to unhoused folks in our community. 

Shoutout to Christine (pictured on the right) for making this project happen!!! 

#SWANCT #newhaven #homelessness #harmreduction #outreach #harmreductionsaveslives #winterweather #connecticut #staywarm

To go out with a bang, our last spotlight goes to… Beatrice!❤️

In 2016, Beatrice founded SWAN after a horrible sting that arrested 14 sex workers in New Haven, posting their names and pictures to the news. She organized protests and fought to end stings in New Haven. She knew her community needed more resources, so she created Sex Workers and Allies Network.

Beatrice organized SWAN by asking the community what they need. In response, she started distributing cold weather gear, harm reduction supplies, and organizing self-defense trainings, trauma-informed group therapy, STI clinics, bad date lists, and other resources that save lives and keep our community safe.

From day one, Beatrice has been an activist and community organizer in harm reduction and decriminalization of sex work. Her lived experience in drug use, incarceration, and sex work drives her to do this work and connects her to the community. Without Beatrice, there is no #harmreductiond#sexworkisworkk#harmreductionsaveslivese#harmreductionworkso#sexworkersrightss#organizinga#NewHavene#connecticute#swanct##CTHRA #CTHRA
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To go out with a bang, our last spotlight goes to… Beatrice!❤️

In 2016, Beatrice founded SWAN after a horrible sting that arrested 14 sex workers in New Haven, posting their names and pictures to the news. She organized protests and fought to end stings in New Haven. She knew her community needed more resources, so she created Sex Workers and Allies Network. 

Beatrice organized SWAN by asking the community what they need. In response, she started distributing cold weather gear, harm reduction supplies, and organizing self-defense trainings, trauma-informed group therapy, STI clinics, bad date lists, and other resources that save lives and keep our community safe. 

From day one, Beatrice has been an activist and community organizer in harm reduction and decriminalization of sex work. Her lived experience in drug use, incarceration, and sex work drives her to do this work and connects her to the community. Without Beatrice, there is no SWAN!

#harmreduction #sexworkiswork #harmreductionsaveslives #harmreductionworks #sexworkersrights #organizing #newhaven #connecticut #SWANCT #CTHRA

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U go girlfriend... Love and miss you Sooooo much

Thank you for showing up for us on this International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. #Dec17 #ENDviolence #sexworkiswork #sexworkisrealwork #decriminalizesexwork #harmreductionsaveslives #harmreduction #swanct ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you for showing up for us on this International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. #dec17 #endviolence #sexworkiswork #sexworkisrealwork #decriminalizesexwork #harmreductionsaveslives #harmreduction #SWANCT