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  • SWAN Vancouver | Our Team

    Decision-making at SWAN is based not on job titles, but rather ethical, inclusive, and collaborative processes amongst everyone involved in driving SWAN’s mission forward. Through ongoing community consultations that uphold their safety and anonymity, im/migrant women who do sex work are involved in all aspects of decision-making at SWAN. OUR TEAM (hover over the text to halt the slideshow, or click on one of the dots below to select team bios individually) KELLY GO , Program Manager pronouns: she/her/hers Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kelly is a Chinese settler currently living on the stolen, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She holds a Bachelor Degree in International Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work. Kelly began volunteering with SWAN in 2016 before stepping into a full-time Outreach Worker role in 2017. In 2019, she transitioned into the Outreach Coordinator role and into her current role as Program Manager in 2021. She oversees SWAN’s Outreach, Netreach and Peer programs. When she isn’t working, Kelly enjoys hanging out with her dog. ​ kelly [at] swanvancouver [dot] ca ​ Our Board Calls to Action Back to Main Menu "Teamwork is the ability to work together towards a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." ​ ~ Andrew Carnegie

  • Interactive | Resource | Sex Worker Rights | SWAN Vancouver Society

    YOU CHOOSE: Seek Justice as a Migrant Sex Worker Next Campaign Back to Campaign Gallery Back to Main Menu

  • Im/Migrant Sex Workers' Rights | Ethical Anti-Trafficking Awareness & Education | SWAN Vancouver Society | Vancouver

    sex work is work DONATE TO SWAN NOW SWAN promotes the rights, health & safety of im/migrant women engaged in indoor sex work through front-line service & systemic advocacy. SWAN's signature campaigns challenge, debunk and dispel the dominant narratives that racialize, misdefine and harm im/migrant women engaged in indoor sex work. Read More SWAN critically analyzes mainstream anti-trafficking efforts and discourse, in order to increase protections for persons who are trafficked without harming sex workers. Read More SWAN advocates for evidence-based laws that endow equal safety, rights, freedoms and protections for im/migrant women engaged in sex work. Read More SWAN provides culturally-specialized, rights-based and language-appropriate front-line services for im/migrant women engaged in sex work. Read More Support Our Work Harms of Anti-Trafficking Calls to Action

  • Im/Migrant Sex Workers | Systemic Violence | Reverse Spotlight Gallery | SWAN Vancouver Society

    OPERATION REVERSE SPOTLIGHT The Police Officer who... while catfishing in an anti-trafficking raid, asked if the migrant sex worker had "big tits." Anti-trafficking raids carried out against sex workers are often based on uninformed, stereotypical assumptions about sex work. Characteristic of these raids is voyeurism, disrespectful language and invasive questions that have little to do with human trafficking but is more about satisfying officers' curiosity about the sex industry and the women who work in it. Next Spotlight Back to Gallery The Politician who... texted on his phone for the majority of a national-level anti-trafficking committee meeting and didn't hear a thing. In December 2018, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights presented its "Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking " report to the House of Commons. ​ The Committee report and was based on "evidence received from a wide range of stakeholders " across Canada. SWAN was one of 55 stakeholders that submitted a formal written brief for the Committee's review. ​ For sex worker rights groups, the report is a problematic, re-purposed mess of anti-sex work, anti-trafficking rhetoric. It conflates sex work with trafficking and equates non-evidence based hyperbole with 'fact'. Even the image chosen for the report's cover is sensationalized standard copy that is favored and widely used among anti-sex work proponents and evangelicals alike. ​ Politicians must be able to listen to critical perspectives about human trafficking, which may be different from what they think they know. Next Spotlight Back to Gallery The Police Agency that... replaced SWAN with a Police Officer who, in turn, referred a migrant sex worker to immigration services that do not exist. Try as they might, police officers are not outreach workers. Police officers cannot effectively provide social services, let alone specialized supports for im/migrant communities. ​ At the bottom of the Vancouver Police Department's Victim Services page , sex worker and im/migrant serving organizations are noticeably absent from the "many different Vancouver community agencies" the Vancouver Police Department lists as being in partnership with to provide "specialized" service to victims. ​ The exclusion is an example of how police exclude community agencies whose values and principles may not always be in alignment with those of law enforcement. Next Spotlight Back to Gallery The Police who... posed as clients and set up dates in anti-trafficking stings such as Operation Northern Spotlight... or the Police Agency that... ​ no longer participates in Operation Northern Spotlight because it's bad PR, but still carries out anti-trafficking raids. The epitome of enacting and enabling violence under the disingenuous guise of "protecting and helping," Operation Northern Spotlight increases distrust of police and deters sex workers from reporting violence. Public Safety Canada earns a special acknowledgment for being complicit in keeping Canadian police agencies generously funded to continue catfishing sex workers through 'rescue' enforcement actions. Next Spotlight Back to Gallery The Police Officer who... strong-armed a migrant sex worker into identifying as a victim during an anti-trafficking raid. When she didn't agree, he reported her to the Canada Border Services Agency. She was arrested and deported. Deportation is a very real threat at any time for sex workers living with precarious or uncertain immigration status. This results in obvious misgivings about any interaction whatsoever with police or any authoritative agency. When anti-trafficking, forced 'rescue' raids happen, migrant sex workers are left with only two choices: identify as a 'victim', or identify as a 'criminal' in violation of immigration law and face arrest, detention and deportation. ​ Vancouver Police Department's Guidelines on Police Requests Related to Immigration Status is intentionally vague about the agency's working relationship with the Canada Border Services Agency. The Guidelines continue to be opposed by affected communities; it creates a false sense of security in that it does not give migrants any meaningful protections from arrest, detention, and deportation. Next Spotlight Back to Gallery The Feminist Organization that... was unable to reflect on its privilege and understand its role in furthering the harms of perpetuating misinformation about human trafficking. ​ Anti-trafficking campaigns often hide moral, economic and/or political agendas. A moral agenda underlying many anti-trafficking campaigns is the prohibition and/or criminalization of the sex industry via the Swedish Model. ​ Under the guise of anti-trafficking campaigns, radical feminist groups often collaborate with SWERFs , TERFs , anti-SOGI proponents , evangelicals and/or conservatives to prohibit sex work. ​ These feminist organizations are complicit in enacting and enabling violence against sex workers. Feminism must include the fight for sex workers' rights. If it doesn't, then it isn't feminism . Next Spotlight Back to Gallery Do you know of a person or agency who deserves a spotlight? ​ C ontact us by phone or by email and let us know! R equests and preferences for anonymity are respected and upheld. ​ ph: 604-719-6343 (English) ph: 778-865-6343 (Cantonese & Mandarin) Next Campaign Back to Campaign Gallery Back to Main Menu

  • Im/Migrant Sex Workers' Rights | Ethical Anti-Trafficking Awareness & Education | SWAN Vancouver Society

    SWAN's signature campaigns challenge and dispel dominant narratives that racialize, misdefine and harm im/migrant women engaged in indoor sex work, while promoting the rights, dignity and safety of all sex workers. (Click on each image to learn more) ​ Support Our Work Back to Main Menu

  • Sex Worker Rights | Decriminalize Sex Work | Defund the Police| SWAN Vancouver Society

    RESPECT: A FUNDAMENTAL IMPERATIVE FOR POLICE TO HAVE WITH SEX WORKERS SWAN bears ongoing witness to im/migrant sex workers' experiences with law enforcement. Based on worker reports received from 2017 - 2018, there is a clear need for police agencies to drastically improve training for officers regarding their interactions with sex workers. SWAN thanks the Department of Justice for funding this campaign, and continues to encourage all police agencies to practice respect in any of their interactions with sex workers. Next Campaign Back to Campaign Gallery Back to Main Menu

  • Gender-Based Violence | Im/Migrant Rights | Sex Worker Rights | SWAN Vancouver Society

    Next Campaign Back to Campaign Gallery Back to Main Menu YOU CHOOSE: Seek Justice as a Migrant Sex Worker Victims & Survivors of Crime Week (15 - 21 May) is observed annually in Canada to raise awareness about the issues facing victims & survivors of crime, & the services, programs & laws in place to help them. . This interactive campaign highlights the systemic barriers facing im/migrant sex workers who are victims of violence & the laws that are failing them at every turn. SWAN thanks the Department of Justice for funding this campaign

  • Im/Migrants | Sex Workers | Donate Monthly | SWAN Vancouver Society

    WHY MAKE IT MONTHLY? ​ Monthly donations to SWAN ensure that im/migrant sex workers are centered in all our work. Whether it's addressing the media that misrepresents them, the racism that targets them, the stigmas that define them as only victims or criminals, or the laws that keep them at constant risk of violence, surveillance, arrest, detention and deportation, monthly donations fund SWAN's essential work. Thank you for your support! Your Impact Back to Main Menu

  • Im/Migrant Sex Workers | Systemic Violence | Reverse Spotlight Gallery | SWAN Vancouver Society

    OPERATION REVERSE SPOTLIGHT ​ With the 2018 "Most Wanted" list, SWAN shone a spotlight on authorities and agencies that enacted and enabled notable violence against im/migrant sex workers. (Click on each image to learn more) If you don't want to end up on this list, all you have to do is: ​ ​ ​ ​ (Click on the image to learn more) Next Campaign Back to Campaign Gallery Back to Main Menu

  • Chinese Community Program | SWAN Vancouver Society

    OUR COMMUNITY PROGRAM Click anywhere in each image for a larger screen-view. Click on the arrows to move the slideshow forwards or backwards. To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. SWAN's Community Program provides opportunities for learning and social recreation. Monthly activities are responsive to the self-identified needs of im/migrant sex workers. ​ In partnership with Pacific Immigrant Resources Society , SWAN offers low-barrier english classes. SWAN hosts a monthly lunch social for women, which includes an opportunity to give back to their community by organizing personal protective equipment for outreach deliveries ​ Funding support for this program is provided by Canadian Women's Foundation and the generous support of our donors. . As engagement in sex work and employment of any kind is a deportable offense for a great many of the women SWAN serves, our Community Program is innovatively strategized so that women’s involvement does not place them at risk for arrest, detention and deportation. Read More Support Our Work Back to Main Menu