â˘ Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Tuesdays, from noon p.m. to 5 p.m.): Someone from Stella answers calls and messages left on the voice mail: 514.285.8889. We accept collect calls from women who are in prison. Someone from Stella will be at the centre to meet with you one on one. Itâs a privileged time for individual and confidential meetings with or without an appointment. NB: On May 20th, Stella will be closed.
â˘ Floating Legal Clinic: Do you have legal issues? Do you have trouble with the law? Make an appointment with our volunteer lawyer specialized in criminal law; he knows also basic family and immigration laws.
â˘ Medical Clinic: Monday, May 6th and June 10th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
â˘ 5 to 7: Thursday, May 30th. Come join us for a dinner and chat at the drop-in!
STELLA'S PENNY FUNDRAISING
On February 2013, the Royal Canadian Money stopped issuing new pennies. Stella is encouraging all of you to get your pennies together and donate them to us. Ask your friends and family to join you in this fundraising that will help Stella pursue its activities and services to sex workers. Next September, the theme of our monthly get together will be a Penny Rolling 5 to 7 in which every one is invited to help roll the pennies we will have accumulated! Infos: 514.285.8889.
Stella-Positive is a group of women living with HIV, sex workers or ex-sex workers, created in order to break the womenâs loneliness, to provide a safe space and an opportunity to take care of themselves and to have goods moments in good company! You decide the activities! For example, an evening at the cinema or at the theatre, a visit to the museum, an evening of ice skating, an afternoon of collective cooking, an evening at the spa or a beauty metamorphosis! We meet approximately once a month, every third Thursday of the month, in the late afternoon or at the beginning of the evening. For more information, or if you would like to participate, contact Anna-Aude: 514.984.0966.
MONTĂRĂGIE'S SEX WORKER PROJECT At ĂMISS-ĂRE: Hepatitis A and B Vaccination â˘ Blood and Vaginal screening â˘ Pregnancy test â˘ Emergency birth control â˘ References â˘ Self-Defense classes. Call Diane for more infos.
GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
Stella is currently looking for volunteers: fundraising (priority number one!), filing, translation, copy editing, graphic design, illustration. Sex workers and close allies welcome.
Volunteer opportunities specifically for sex workers or ex-sex workers: welcoming people to community dinners or contributions to Stellaâs publications. Donât hesitate to tell us about other skills you would like to share with Stella!
Aboriginal Advisor Committee: Are you an Aboriginal (First Nation, Inuit or MĂŠtis) Woman (including Trans Woman) who trades or has traded sex for money, drugs or other things? We are looking for your expertise!
Infos: Pauline at 514.984.2212.
Scarlet Road follows Rachel Wotton in her work with clients with disability. The film can be seen online here.
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT: STRIP SEARCHES IN QUEBEC PRISONS
Trudel and Johnson are bringing a class action suit against the government alleging that submitting people who received a release order to strip searches should be illegal. This case concerns anyone who was strip-searched in a detention facility in Quebec since July 2006 despite having received a release order. Infos: Trudel & Johnston Avocats, GeneviĂ¨ve Douville at 514.871.8385 poste 2206.
SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV: MAJOR STEP BACKWARDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
As a coalition of interveners, we are shocked and dismayed at the ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that says that even the responsible use of a condom does not protect a person living with HIV from rampant prosecution. Read more.
CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV NON-DISCLOSURE
Are you accused of HIV exposure or transmission? Do you want to appeal a conviction? The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network wants to know your story and to help you. They can provide background material to assist you and your lawyer for the court. Please send relevant information and inquiries to email@example.com.
DECRIMINALISATION REMAINS WORLD'S BEST PRACTICE, SEX WORK FORUM TOLD
A convention held in Sydney (Australia) on November 2012 looking at the gains made in New South Wales (NSW) since decriminalisation of sex work was introduced in 1995 saw unanimous agreement by delegates present that the NSW Government is wrong to consider re-introducing a stringent licensing system with strict penalties to govern the sex work industry. Hosted by the Open Society Foundations, Scarlet Alliance and Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP), the conference attracted nearly 50 sex workers, community leaders, human rights activists, advocates and politicians from a dozen countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. Read more.
SISTERS (AND BROTHERS) DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES: REPORT FROM KOLKATA Robyn Maynard reports on representing Stella at the Sex Worker Freedom Festival in Kolkata, which took place from July 21-26 as a satellite to the 19th Annual HIV/AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. "The HIV/AIDS epidemic has never been purely a neutral public health issue," she writes, explaining how infection rates have manifest along the lines of structural inequalities within societies, on a global scale. Read more.
THE GLOBAL COMMISSION ON HIV AND THE LAW RECOMMENDS END TO LAWS AGAINST SEX WORKERS A report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law - applauded by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network - recommends the repeal of laws that prohibit consenting adults from buying or selling sex, including those laws that have the effect of prohibiting commercial sex such as laws against âimmoralâ earnings, âliving off the earningsâ of prostitution, and brothel-keeping. It calls for an end to police harassment and violence against sex workers and a prohibition of mandatory HIV and STI testing of sex workers. It also recommends withdrawal of the PEPFAR anti-prostitution pledge, put in place by the Bush Administration and continued by the Obama Administration. This marks a significant advance for sex workersâ struggle for sex work to be decriminalised and recognised as an occupation. Read more.
10 REASONS TO FIGHT FOR THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF SEX WORK
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR INSTITUTE'S STATEMENT - A FEMINIST POSITION ON SEX WORK
The Simone de Beauvoir Institute of Concordia University supports the recent decision by Ontario Superior Court judge Susan Himel. They are committed to the decriminalization of sex work in Canada, protesting against laws that cause harm to women, supporting womenâs agency to define their working conditions, including sex workers, acknowledging the expertise of sex trade workers in their reflections on these issues; and working with women to end violence. This commitment includes genuine collaboration with sex trade workers to identify and implement the strategies they identify as relevant for countering violence against them as women and as workers. Read more.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN THE SEX TRADE - SPEAKING FOR OURSELVES
We as Indigenous peoples who have current and/or former life experience in the sex trade and sex industries met on unceeded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver on Monday, April 11th, 2011. In a talking circle organized by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, we wish to share the following points about our collective discussion so that we may speak FOR ourselves and life experiences.
DANGEROUS AND UNDER THE RADAR
Sex work is unprotected, increasingly dangerous and needs to be decriminalized, according to a report published in the Canadian Review of Sociology. Co-authored by Concordia University and University of Windsor researchers, the study calls for sweeping changes to sex work performed on and off the streets. Read more.
THE SWEDISH SEX PURCHASE ACT: CLAIMED SUCCESS AND DOCUMENTED EFFECTS
Published on March 2011, The Swedish Sex Purchase Act: Claimed Success and Documented Effects is probably the most important English language source on the Swedish sex purchase law to date. Petra Ăstergren and Susanne Dodillet have systematically interrogated the official report on the effect of the law after ten years, and compared it to the actual evidence, and found nothing to support its claims, and often the direct evidence completely contradicts the official claims.
WE WANT TO SAVE YOU! AND IF YOU DONT APPRECIATE IT, YOU WILL BE PUNISHED!
An interview with Pye Jacobsson, a sex worker activist from Sweden, about the legislation around prostitution and its impact on sex workersâ lives in Sweden. An HCLU-SWAN film. Read the transcript here. See also Making Sex Work. This video sums up the radical feminist position that denies women rights if they do not adhere to an ideological hatred of the sex industry. There's also a good follow-up video: Making Sex Sell.
HOW ABOLITIONIST FEMINISTS HURT SEX WORKERS
Millions of women, men, and trans people around the world sell sex, while the topic of sex work is one that sharply divides feminists and womenâs rights activists. When we paint all sex workers with the same broad brush and declare them all exploited victims, we ignore their reality, and their demands, and we put very real roadblocks in their path to progress, and ultimately, we endanger their lives. âWhat we do need is rights and dignity. We want that and we want feminists to help us get it.â Read more.
JUST SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE: THE ANTI PROSTITUTION LOYALTY OATH
This video presents a history of a policy regulating provision of foreign aid. The policy requires that recipients of USAID funds sign an oath that they will not support sex workers' rights. This policy is a telling example of how the U.S. exports repressive ideologies through conditions set for foreign aid recipients. Compiled for all those interested in sex workers issues and human rights, this video timeline and accompanying resources provide a comprehensive course in the history of, and resistance to "The Pledge."
LAST RESCUE IN SIAM
This is the first film ever made by sex workers in Thailand. It is a short black and white movie inspired by the tradition of the old silent movies. The film accompanies the Empower research report Hit & Run. Sex Workerâs Research on Anti trafficking in Thailand exposing the impact of law and law enforcement, raids and rescues used against sex workers in Thailand and around the world. "We have now reached a point in history where there are more women in the Thai sex industry who are being abused by anti-trafficking practices than there are women being exploited by traffickers."