SWDC - Sex Work Donor Collaborative



The primary mission of the Sex Work Donor Collaborative is to increase the amount and quality of funding and non-financial support for sex worker rights and sex worker organizing.


  1. Mobilize more (amount) and better (quality) funding for sex worker rights and sex worker organizing through donor education and influencing. Better funding enables sex workers to strengthen their organizations and networks, is responsive to sex worker communities’ priorities, is flexible, sustained, long-term, rights-affirming, and is accessible to sex workers.

  2. Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of funding for sex worker rights and sex worker organizing through peer sharing, research and strategic coordination of grant-making, where appropriate.

  3. Provide a platform where sex workers and donors can share information and learning and where sex workers can engage donors as allies in their political advocacy efforts.


  1. We recognize the self-determination of sex workers.

  2. We recognize the importance of the inclusion of sex workers in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and other initiatives, including the Sex Work Donor Collaborative, that affect their lives and work.

  3. We oppose the criminalization of, and all other forms of stigma and discrimination against, sex work¹ and sex workers.

  4. We recognize that sex work is work and that sex workers are entitled to the same rights as other workers, including the right to self-organize.

  5. We recognize the diversity of sex workers and strive towards solutions that include and benefit sex workers oppressed because of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexuality, national origin, age, nationality, migration status, dis/ability, and other identities.

  6. We oppose all forms of exploitation of and violence against sex workers and recognize the distinction between sex work and human trafficking.²

¹Sex work is the voluntary provision of sexual services for money or goods.

²Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, through the threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim, for the purpose of exploitation, which includes sexual exploitation, forced labor, and slavery.