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  • SWAN Vancouver | Latest Happenings

    LATEST HAPPENINGS AT SWAN ​ (Click on a slide to halt the slideshow, or click on the left arrow to move the slides from right to left. ) WE'RE HIRING AN HR & OFFICE MANAGER! Interested in this exciting permanent part-time opportunity? Please review the full job posting and application instructions . here We thank all applicants; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. SWAN prioritizes equitable inclusion of people from underserved, equity-seeking communities, and hires staff from diverse backgrounds. Indigenous folks, people of colour, and people of all genders or non-genders, and all abilities are encouraged to apply. Upcoming Events Support Our Work Back to Main Menu

  • Charitable Non Profit | SWAN Vancouver Society | British Columbia

    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. Read More / 阅读更多 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

  • SWAN Vancouver | Our Team

    "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 OUR TEAM , KELLY GO Outreach Coordinator pronouns: she/her/hers - Kelly began volunteering with SWAN in 2016 before stepping into a full-time Outreach Worker role in 2017. In the spring of 2019, she transitioned into her current Outreach Coordinator role and now oversees SWAN’s Outreach and Netreach programs, our outreach volunteers, and our quarterly SWANzine newsletter. ​ Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kelly moved to Canada in 2008. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English, holds a Bachelor Degree in International Studies and is currently working towards a degree in Social Work. ​ When she isn’t working or studying, Kelly most enjoys hanging out with her dog. ​ netreach [at] swanvancouver [dot] ca Our Board Calls to Action Back to Main Menu 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.

  • - Stories of Transformative Change | SWAN website

    SHARE YOUR STORY of Mind Shifts & Transformative Action! Had you ever heard about the harms of anti-trafficking before seeing SWAN's Harming While Trying to Help video? How has this project impacted or inspired you? How have you shifted your understandings of human trafficking, how to help, and reducing the harms? How did you learn about SWAN's Harms of Anti-Trafficking Project? ​What shift in thinking or understanding did you experience and what transformative action did you take as a result? Stories will be shared publicly to cultivate mind shifts & inspire individuals to take transformative action in their communities. Full names are not required to submit your story. Pictures will not be posted publicly without a signed waiver, which you will receive via email following your form submission . Please review for more details about how SWAN protects your information and upholds your privacy and confidentiality rights. SWAN's Privacy Statement Submit Your Story Thanks for sharing your story & helping us stop the harms! Please leave this field empty. JOIN ANTI-HARMS ACTION GROUP RETURN TO THE HARMS OF ANTI-TRAFFICKING WEBPAGE Support Our Work Other Calls to Action Back to Main Menu

  • SWAN Vancouver | Get Involved

    "There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." ​ ~ Margaret J. Wheatly CONNECT Stay on top of all SWAN's latest work, plus news and events from across Canada and around the world that relate to safety, critical analysis of anti-trafficking discourse and policy, rights and freedoms for im/migrant women who engage in sex work; and sex worker rights generally. ​ Like and share, join a conversation, share your wisdom, inspire connection and strengthen community! ​ (Click on any icon to connect) Back to Main Menu VOLUNTEER "SWAN's work is so important because women working in massage parlours and private condos deserve support and care - especially when they face so many barriers from immigration, legal, policing and medical systems. I find connecting with the women face-to-face deeply impactful; these connections directly encourage me to re-evaluate and challenge mainstream notions of sex economies that impose such widespread stigmas." ~ Jane, Volunteer Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities at SWAN Back to Main Menu DONATE SWAN's work centers the voices, experiences and lived expertise of a widely misunderstood sex working community - im/migrant women who work indoors. This marginalized community of women contends with extraordinary political, systemic and cultural barriers and challenges. Your support for SWAN's work is invaluable! It helps us continue to serve im/migrant women and mitigate, shift and change the discourse, laws and stigmas that misdefine, exclude, criminalize and harm them - thank you! Learn more about Giving Opportunities at SWAN Back to Main Menu

  • - SWAN COVID救济基金申请 | SWAN website

    2021年4月12日公告:天鹅正在开放第3期救济基金,仅限我们服务的妇女。收到你的申请后,SWAN工作人员将与你联系。之前申请过的妇女也可以申请。一个周期内一人申请一次。 ​ ​ SWAN通过疫情济急基金的申请或分配过程中收集的任何信息将仅用于这些目的,并且在分配资金后将销毁这些信息。SWAN将使用疫情济急基金申请人的数目进行持续的筹款工作。这些筹款活动中不会使用任何具有识别性的个人信息。 ​ 例如儿童与家庭发展部(MCFD),加拿大边境服务局(CBSA),加拿大税务局(CRA)或警察。我们从来不会与政府机构分享女性的信息,因为我们了解这样做的后果。 SWAN不隶属于政府机构 如果你更想通过电话回答问卷,你可以通过以下电话号码联系我们的外展员工:778-865-6343 (星期一至五, 9am - 5pm) 或604-719-6343 (星期一, 三 & 四, 9am-5pm). ​ 无论通过电话或者在线递交信息,处理申请时间和最终结果是没有差别的。 1. 您可以确认您是否有资格获得联邦紧急经济支援或者福利吗? 选择一个 是,政府批准了我的申请 不是,政府拒绝了我的申请 不知道 2. 您有没有从另一个社区团体获得紧急财政援助? 选择一个 是 不是 3. 你住在大温地区吗(温哥华,列治文,本立比,三联市,苏里,阿伯福德,白石,枫树岭,新威斯敏斯 特(二埠))吗? 选择一个 是 不是 4. 请告诉我们您目前的情况。 5. SWAN工作人员会通过电话联系申请人,以便完成申请流程和/或讨论并安排资金的排放。 选择一个或两个 SWAN工作人员可以在此号码留下语音邮件 SWAN工作人员可以向该号码发送短信 对于批准的申请人: ​ ​ 而且它没有产生正式的付款记录。派送或上门领取必须提前预约。申请人必须本人亲自领取。 SWAN可以保证在与批准的申请人进行电话讨论后的三至五个工作日内付款。 付款是通过现金支付的:这不是立即付款, 6. SWAN外展工作人员从星期一至五,早上9点至下午5点都在工作。请问联系你的最佳时间是? 选择任何适用 早上(9 am - 11 pm) 中午(11 am - 2 pm) 下午(2 pm - 4 pm) 提交 谢谢您递交信息! SWAN员工正在努力工作,去处理我们济急基金收到的所有申请,我们感谢你的耐心等待。 Please leave this field empty. 返回COVID经济援助选项页面

  • -SWAN Vancouver: Messages of Hope Board

    Submit your message & we'll add it to the Messages of Hope Board Together we can stand against racism & xenophobia. We can reach out to women to offer kindness, inclusion & compassion - now more than ever. The notes SWAN collects will be translated and shared with the women we serve. Let this be a call for human decency in action. Thanks for your messages of hope and encouragement! Let's see how many notes we can collect! Please share this invite far & wide. ​ 🙏 Back to the Giving Tuesday page Back to Main Menu 1/40 MESSAGES OF HOPE & SOLIDARITY FOR THE ASIAN WOMEN SWAN SERVES

  • Calls to Action | SWAN website

    REDUCE RACISM & PROMOTE RIGHTS SEX WORKER BY SHARING OUR "HARMING WHILE TRYING TO HELP" VIDEO via YouTube via Facebook via LinkedIn via Twitter "The smallest good deed is greater than the grandest good intention." ​ ~ Zen Proverb SEX WORK SUPPORTING CALLS TO ACTION Connect with sex workers, activists and sex worker organizations to learn how you can , and be a proactive ally support sex workers support the decriminalization of sex work . ​ Follow sex work related news and/or read and to learn and stay informed about the sex worker-produced literature reports harmful impacts of criminalization . ​ Contact your local and/or to share your concerns and call for the repeal of Canada’s Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA), which is the the current legislation under which sex work is criminalized. Learn more about PCEPA . Member of Parliament Justice Minister David Lametti here ​ Contact your local and/or the to share your concerns and call for the repeal of Canada's which are the additional immigration laws that criminalize the women accessing SWAN's services. Member of Parliament Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco E. L. Mendicino Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) , ​ ​ Actively boycott anti-sex-work ( ) and trans-exclusionary feminist ( ) activists, as well as the publications and public space providers that give platform to their divisive, exclusionary, racist, transphobic, misogynist views and rhetoric. SWERF TERF Support Our Work Back to Main Menu

  • - SWAN COVID Relief Fund Application | SWAN website

    UPDATE: 12 April 2021 - ​ SWAN is opening the third funding cycle of our COVID Relief Fund, which is available only to the women we serve. After receiving your application, SWAN staff will contact you. Women who have applied in previous cycles can re-apply; however, only one application can be made per cycle. SWAN Relief Fund - Application ​ Any information SWAN collects as part of our COVID Relief Fund application or disbursement process will be used for these purposes only, and will be destroyed once funds have been distributed. SWAN will use the number of COVID Relief Fund applicants in ongoing fundraising efforts but no identifying personal information will be used in those fundraising efforts. ​ SWAN is not affiliated with government agencies such as the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or police. We never share women’s information with government agencies as we understand the consequences of doing so. If you prefer to respond to this questionnaire by phone, you can do so by contacting our Outreach staff at either of the following numbers: 778-865-6343 (Mon, Wed & Fri 9am - 5pm) or 604-719-6343 (Mon, Wed & Thurs, 9am-5pm). ​ Whether information is submitted by phone or online, there is no difference in process times or application outcomes. 1. Are you able to confirm if you are eligible for any government financial assistance? Select One Yes - government approved my application No - government declined my application I don't know 2. Have you received emergency financial assistance from another community group? Select one: Yes No 3. Do you reside in Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, Surrey, Abbotsford, White Rock, Maple Ridge, New Westminster)? Select One Yes No 4. Please tell us a little about your current circumstances. 5. SWAN staff will contact applicants by phone to finalize the application and/or discuss and arrange disbursement of the funds. Select One or Both It is okay for SWAN staff to leave a voicemail at this number It is okay for SWAN staff to send a text message to this number For approved applicants: ​ Payments generate no formal record, and are not immediate. Delivery or pick-up must be scheduled by appointment, and . PAYMENTS ARE MADE IN CASH. recipients must receive payments in-person SWAN is able to guarantee payment within three to five business days of staff’s discussion by phone with approved applicants. 6. SWAN’s Outreach staff work Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. What is the best time we can contact you? Select any that apply Mornings (9am - 11am) Late Morning to Early Afternoon (11am - 2pm) Late Afternoon (2pm - 4pm) SUBMIT Thank you for submitting your information! SWAN staff are working hard to process all applications for our Emergency Relief Fund and we thank you for your patience. Please leave this field empty. Back to My SWAN

  • SWAN Vancouver | Our Board

    OUR BOARD Our Board of Directors are volunteers who are impacted by and/or passionate about SWAN's vision and work, which​ includes addressing the conflation of sex work and trafficking, the unsound and often racist laws that result, and the disproportionate harms experienced by im/migrant women who engage in sex work. Directors are actively involved in overseeing the governance underpinning SWAN's operations and programming ​ Through specific roles, Directors commit to proactive engagement with the governance work the organization requires, and to additional committee work as SWAN's mission, campaigns or overall purpose may require. ​ OUR CURRENT DIRECTORS Board Chair ​ ​ JACKIE WONG - Jackie works in Vancouver, BC as a facilitator, writer and editor. She has a background in journalism and has spent the last six years working with social change organizations as a post-secondary educator. She is a dialogue associate with the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and also teaches in the SFU Semester in Dialogue program. pronouns: she/her/hers "A lot of my work has me thinking about the conditions under which social change happens. I'm really glad to join SWAN's Board - SWAN exists at an important intersection of anti-racist feminist work that is exciting to me because it is rare and necessary." Board Vice-Chair ​ ​ JANE LI Jane is a registered social worker with practice experience in victim services, gender and sexual health, youth substance use, newcomer supports, community-based research, and adult guardianship. A significant part of her work concerns critical perspectives on capability, risk, and difference. She is grounded personally and professionally by epistemic humility, radical softness, intersectional feminism, Indigenous resurgence, and difference-centered ethics. - pronouns: she/her/hers ​ Jane first became involved with SWAN as a volunteer in 2012, later joining the team as an outreach worker. Her anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and critical social work practice approach is deeply informed by her experiences at SWAN. She returns to SWAN as a board member with the intention of furthering her commitment to sex work activism and im/migrant women’s rights. “I joined SWAN’s board because I feel strongly about the impacts of oppressive policies and practices on im/migrant women engaged in sex work. I believe in the value of our work and uniqueness of this organization.” Board Treasurer ​ ​ MINDY ABRAMOWITZ Mindy earned her designation as a Certified General Accountant in 2004 and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Canada. She works in public practice and for more than fifteen years has served many charitable and non-profit organizations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. - pronouns: she/her/hers ​ Mindy was introduced to SWAN through a like-minded colleague, and saw the opportunity to join SWAN’s Board as a way to learn more about the organization’s unique team and work while supporting both. “ I have a particular interest in the interchange between financial information and advocacy.” Board Secretary ​ ​ KIM MACKENZIE Kim first became involved with SWAN through research SWAN conducted on human trafficking laws and their impacts on the rights of migrant and immigrant sex workers. She then went on to become an Outreach Volunteer in 2013. In 2014 she was hired as a staff member and worked in a variety of roles - from Outreach Coordinator to Policy Analyst - until she relocated from Vancouver to Victoria in 2017. She joined SWAN's Board shortly after her move. - pronouns: she/her/hers Kim holds a Masters of Public Policy and now works as a Research Officer with the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. She remains actively engaged in community organizing and municipal politics in Victoria. ​ Kim is passionate about sex worker rights, migrant rights, police accountability and poverty reduction. Her current work and many years of political advocacy and community-based activism give her a deep operational understanding of government relations in BC and levers for policy and law reform. When SWAN’s Board formally transitioned from an operational to governance structure, she volunteered to remain on as a Director without hesitation. “Given my time spent with the organization, I have a soft spot in my heart for SWAN and I couldn’t let it go.” Board Director ​ ​ JENNY ZHANG - pronouns: she/her/hers Jenny is a graduate of BCIT’s Software Development Program, and has worked in a variety of data research and management roles. In 2005 through her previous employment with the BC Centre for Disease Control, she became involved with the Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS, for their Orchid Project, an indoor sex worker and outreach service project in Vancouver. ​ Jenny has also worked extensively with Providence Health Care, and the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity's AESHA (An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access) Project, where she conducted translated surveys, participant interviews and outreach services. ​ Jenny has many additional years of reception and management work within spas, and her direct connection to indoor sex workers remains strong. Through personal and professional ties with this community, she had always heard about SWAN’s unique services. “When the opportunity to join SWAN’s Board came up, I gladly took it.” Advisory Board Member ​ ​ MENAKA RAGUPARAN - pronouns: she/her/hers A long-time activist, researcher and socio-legal scholar, Menaka has served on the Board for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and the Exotic Dancers Rights Association of Canada (a collective of strippers and supporters that sought to establish minimum employment standards for strippers in Ontario from 1995 until 2004, when the organization disbanded). ​ As part of her doctoral project, (in 2014 and 2015) Menaka interviewed 40 sex workers of colour from nine cities in Canada, including Vancouver. After vetting and evaluating the study’s benefit to sex workers of colour, SWAN was able to liaise with participants in Vancouver and vouch for the ethics and legitimacy of Menaka’s research, and participants’ safety in her interview processes. Most recently she conducted a project for SWAN involving a global scan and assessment of capacity building strategies within NGOs serving marginalized and racialized populations. Menaka recently relocated from her home of 20 years in Ottawa, Ontario to the United States to continue her academic career. In August 2020 she began a tenure-track role in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she teaches criminology. “My interest in SWAN is couched in reciprocity - in my role as an advisory board member I am hoping to give back to a community that has given me a lot.” Support Our Work Back to Main Menu

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