Programming Connection

Shift 

HIV Community Link
Calgary, Alberta
2011

Lessons Learned

  • Respecting that not all sex workers want to or can exit sex work is important in establishing and meeting realistic goals.
  • A harm reduction and human rights based approach reduces barriers to services.
  • Housing, financial, legal and child welfare services are highly sought by many sex workers.
  • Establishing a safe and confidential space where sex workers can speak freely without being subjected to generalizations about sex workers offers opportunities to connect.
  • Collaborating with local communities helps to generate awareness about sex work, reduce stigma and ultimately promote safer working conditions.