Public Education Initiatives
– We publish a newsletter (SWANzine) four times a year. SWANzine provides current social, health, legal and safety information and resources. SWANzine is available in Chinese and English in print and on our website.
– We collaborate with community groups and participate in committees, forums, conferences, task forces and roundtables to raise public awareness and work towards policy change on issues affecting the women we work with.
– We provide in-services to community agencies to better understand and effectively and respectfully provide services to the women we support.
– We collaborate with international organizations to work for the rights of newcomer, migrant and immigrant women and sex workers, in countries of origin and countries of destination.
– We are a member organization of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, a human rights-based anti-trafficking international network of anti-trafficking, women’s rights, migrants’ rights and women workers’ rights organizations.
SWAN carries out evidence-based research about sex work in im/migrant communities. SWAN also develops knowledge on the national and transnational dimensions of human trafficking from a critical perspective.
Research & Publications by SWAN Members
New Publication “Red Light Labour: Sex Work, Regulation, Agency and Resistance”
SWAN contributed to Chapter 8, ‘Misrepresentations, Inadequate Evidence and Impediments to Justice: Human Rights Impacts of Canada’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts. Red Light Labour is available September 1, 2018 here.
SWAN Launches Respect Campaign for Victims & Survivors of Crime Week May 2018.
Based on migrant sex workers’ experiences with police in 2017-2018, SWAN launched ‘Building a Culture of Respect: Police and Sex Workers’. This campaign is targeted at police and focuses on the fundamental principle that is imperative in any interaction between police and sex workers – respect. Watch the project launch and download and share the SWAN Respect Infographic. SWAN would like to thank the Department of Justice Canada for funding this campaign.