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  • SWAN Vancouver | Donate

    "If you always give, you will always have." ​ ~ Chinese Proverb Your support for SWAN's work is invaluable and makes an enormous difference in the lives of the women we serve - thank you! Other Ways to Give via Canada Helps via E-Transfer to SWAN THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION! SWAN'S COVID RELIEF FUND via e-transfer to SWAN THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION! ​ $25 = transportation costs for one Outreach delivery. SWAN provides an average of 100 harm reduction supplies deliveries per year to indoor-working women throughout the Lower Mainland. ​ ​ $50 = resource printing & distribution costs. SWAN's worker- and trade-specific resources are reproduced and distributed with our Outreach deliveries long past the initial project funding that supported their development. ​ ​ $100 = a one-month online ad to advertise SWAN's programs & services. Online platforms are a mainstay for indoor sex work, and online ads are an essential conduit for SWAN to connect with the women we serve. ​ ​ $225 = translation of our quarterly SWANzine newsletter. Producing resources in the language of the women we serve and support is foundational to the effectiveness of our information services. ​ ​ $1000+ = emergency funds for women fleeing violence or exploitation. Women who engage in sex work while their immigration status is precarious cannot access the same transition houses and emergency/violence prevention systems as everyone else. SWAN's emergency funds provide women with the immediate transportation, safe housing/shelter, medication/medical care, food, and legal support they require in situational emergencies involving violence or exploitation. ​ HERE ARE JUST A FEW WAYS YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS HELP WAYS TO GIVE SWAN Vancouver Society is a registered, charitable, non-profit organization and tax receipts are provided for all contributions of $20 or more. Our charitable registration number is 85317 6295 RR0001. ​ BY MAIL OR IN PERSON Cheques or money orders are made payable to "Supporting Women's Alternatives Network" and can be mailed or delivered in-person to our Head Office address: #101 - 1101 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R1. For in-person deliveries, please contact us prior to confirm someone will be in the office when you arrive. BY E-TRANSFER ​ Contributions are gratefully accepted via development@swanvancouver.ca and no passwords are necessary. ​ Charitable tax receipts are available for all contributions of $20 or more. Those who wish to receive a tax receipt must provide SWAN with their legal name and a mailing address. Those who wish to provide monthly contributions through e-transfer can request a single tax receipt at the end of the year. ​ Those wishing to make contributions anonymously can waive receipts and do so. Donor anonymity is maintained and respected. ONLINE GIVING ​ CanadaHelps is a secure, online platform for Canadian non-profit organizations and their donors. Whether a monthly or one-time contribution, your donation to SWAN and your tax receipt will both be processed and distributed immediately. ​ ​ Donate via CanadaHelps LEGACY GIVING ​ SWAN is able to assist in the arrangement of several means of giving which allow you to make a future gift while receiving tax benefits immediately. Whether it's cash, securities, real estate or other gifts in kind, well-planned legacy giving ensures you are able to support the charitable work your heart values in ways that are meaningful for you. ​ Contact Us to Inquire Further OTHER DONATION INQUIRIES? All other inquiries regarding monetary or in-kind donations can be emailed to to development@swanvancouver.ca , and will be responded to within two business days. Thank you for your patience and support! ​ Get Involved Calls to Action 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. 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

  • Calls to Action | SWAN website

    REDUCE RACISM & PROMOTE SEX WORKER RIGHTS 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 be a proactive ally , support sex workers and support the decriminalization of sex work . ​ Follow sex work related news and/or read sex worker-produced literature and reports to learn and stay informed about the harmful impacts of criminalization . ​ Contact your local Member of Parliament and/or Justice Minister David Lametti 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 here . ​ Contact your local Member of Parliament and/or the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco E. L. Mendicino to share your concerns and call for the repeal of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) , which are the additional immigration laws that criminalize the women accessing SWAN's services. ​ ​ Actively boycott anti-sex-work (SWERF ) and trans-exclusionary feminist (TERF ) activists, as well as the publications and public space providers that give platform to their divisive, exclusionary, racist, transphobic, misogynist views and rhetoric. Support Our Work 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! Make a Donation to SWAN Become a Monthly Donor Learn more about Giving Opportunities at SWAN Back to Main Menu

  • SWAN Vancouver | Donation Form

    DONATE TO SWAN ​ Your support for SWAN's work is invaluable and makes an enormous difference in the lives of the women we serve - thank you! Your Impact Back to Main Menu

  • SWAN Vancouver | Respect Campaign

    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

  • 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 pronouns: she/her/hers - 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. "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 pronouns: she/her/hers - 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. ​ 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 pronouns: she/her/hers - 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. ​ 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 pronouns: she/her/hers - 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. 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

  • SWAN Vancouver | Photovoice Guest Book

    CHOCOLATE OR CHICKEN BONES - A PHOTOVOICE ART EXHIBITION ​ Opening Night: 8 January 2019 - Guest Book Entries Out of gallery Did you see this exhibit & miss your chance to sign the guest book? Add a comment below! Next Campaign Back to Campaign Gallery Back to Main Menu

  • - Harms of Anti-Trafficking

    More and more people are learning about human trafficking and feel compelled to do something about it. ​ Unfortunately, this desire to take action is not always expressed in productive ways. Some campaigns are ineffective. Some campaigns are harmful, and actually increase vulnerability to human trafficking. ​ By raising awareness about the negative consequences of mainstream anti-trafficking campaigns, SWAN will work with community to address the harms. ​ This project is generously funded by LUSH Cosmetics. Mainstream anti-trafficking is long paved with harmful helping and good intentions gone very bad. It's hard to know what to do or where to start to make it right. SWAN's video , guidebook , action group , interactive webpage and reading list provide concrete tools anyone can use to think critically about mainstream anti-trafficking campaigns, separate fact from fiction, and help without harming. The project launch webinar includes the original release of the video, followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring four leaders in the global discourse on ethical approaches to addressing human trafficking. ​ "This project is a course correction, so that people can be assured their time, efforts and donations to fight trafficking are being used to the fullest extent, and not unintentionally hurting anyone in the process." ​ ~ Alison Clancey, SWAN Executive Director ​ ​ (Click on each image to learn more) JOIN ANTI-HARMS ACTION GROUP SHARE YOUR STORIES OF MINDSHIFT / TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION Next Campaign Back to Anti-Trafficking Gallery Back to Main Menu

  • SWAN Vancouver | Canada Anti-Trafficking Report Response

    Next Campaign Back to Anti-Trafficking Gallery Back to Main Menu A SCATHING RESPONSE TO CANADA'S FEDERAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT In December 2018, the Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights released its " Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada " report. ​ The Committee and the report failed sex workers by continuing the harmful conflation of sex work with trafficking. As a member of the Canadian Alliance of Sex Work Law Reform, SWAN contributed to the critical response that formally called out the report's failings: " Moving Backwards in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada: An analysis of and response to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights ." ​ Prior to the release of its report, the Committee held hearings in Ottawa and across Canada between February and May 2018 to hear evidence from a wide variety of stakeholders regarding human trafficking. The Committee heard from more than 50 witnesses, and it received an additional 60 written submissions. ​ In a formal presentation to the Committee on 9 March 2018, SWAN provided a written submission: "Realities of the Anti-Trafficked: How Canada's Human Trafficking Response Increases Vulnerability for Im/Migrant Sex Workers"