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  • Giving Tuesday 2021 | Migrants | Sex Workers | End Anti-Asian Racism | Ethical Anti-Trafficking Awareness | SWAN Vancouver Society

    1/4 is a day for transformative actions, and for celebrating the people & organizations that are changing the world for the better. This year, SWAN invites you to help us undo the damage caused by harmful, racist misrepresentations of im/migrant sex workers by sharing our anti-trafficking video & campaigns until they go viral. Recognizing that 2020 & 2021 have entailed unprecedented challenges around the world, we are also inviting tributes to honour the people and/or days that are special for you and impacted by SWAN's work. Support Our Work Other Calls to Action Back to Main Menu TRIBUTE MESSAGES With your tribute gift, you can opt to: have a customized message published on our tribute webpage , with as much detail as you’d like to include about the person(s) and/or day your gift is honouring have a hard-copy of your message delivered to you by mail have a digital copy of your message delivered to you by email ​ For more information or to inquire about a tribute gift to SWAN, please contact Andi at . ​ ​ Send Your Tribute Message

  • Giving Tuesday 2021 | Migrants | Sex Workers | End Anti-Asian Racism | Ethical Anti-Trafficking Awareness | SWAN Vancouver Society

    Tribute Messages Recognizing that 2020 & 2021 entailed unprecedented challenges around the world, SWAN invited folks to honour the people and/or days that are special them and impacted by SWAN's work. These are the messages folks wanted us to publish. We share them in the spirit of community & solidarity. Out of gallery Tribute messages will be shared in this slideshow and you can additionally request to have your message printed and mailed to you. Support Our Work Other Calls to Action Back to Main Menu SWAN: Giving Tuesday 2021 Send Your Tribute Message

  • Im/Migrant Rights | Sex Worker Rights | 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

  • Migrants | Sex Workers | Employment Opportunities| SWAN Vancouver Society

    "I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody." ​ ~ Anonymous HELP EXPAND SWAN'S TEAM! ​ SWAN is looking for great people to join our growing team. Our staff share a passion for purpose-driven, meaningful work. We work to make change on issues related to sex work, anti-racism, migrant labour and a host of other issues that our work intersects with, centering the needs and experiences of the im/migrant women we provide support to. Individuals with any lived experience relating to SWAN's work are invited & encouraged to reach out & inquire. If you're interested in systems change, advocacy, policy and/or direct services in particular, we're interested to hear from you! Currently, we're looking to connect with folks who offer one or more of the following: ​ Mandarin and/or Cantonese language skills lived experience as an im/migrant lived experience in the sex industry front-line social service skills policy, social science, or advocacy expertise related to our mandate non-profit leadership/management (including human resources, finances & managing people) ​ ​ SWAN has current & future positions available, and offers extended health benefits & a flexible work environment. We're open to candidates with both part-time and full-time availability. ​ ​ Please reach out to us anytime by email to discuss your interest and explore if there might be a good fit for joining our team , now or as future opportunities arise. We look forward to hearing from you! Inquire about working for SWAN Support Our Work Back to Main Menu

  • Current News | Events | Opportunities | Migrant Rights | Sex Workers’ Rights | SWAN Vancouver Society

    LATEST HAPPENINGS AT SWAN ​ (Click on a slide to halt the slideshow, click on the arrows to move the slides from right to left, or click on one of the dots at the bottom of the box to select a corresponding slide. ) SWAN IS HIRING! Interested & qualified individuals are invited to review the full job postings & specific application instructions for each role: Co-Executive Director OPEN UNTIL FILLED Netreach Program Manager (Mandarin Speaking) OPEN UNTIL FILLED Peer Program Coordinator (Mandarin Speaking) OPEN UNTIL FILLED We thank all applicants; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for sharing with your networks! 🙏 Upcoming Events Support Our Work Back to Main Menu

  • 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 , Policy & Advocacy Advisor (Practicum Student) pronouns: she/her/hers - ​ Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kelly is a Chinese settler, currently residing and living on the stolen ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English, holds a Bachelor Degree in International Studies. 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 the Outreach Coordinator role that oversees SWAN’s Outreach and Netreach programs, outreach volunteers, and quarterly SWANzine newsletter. Currently, she is working towards a degree in Social Work at the University of Victoria and doing her practicum term at SWAN. When she isn’t working or studying, Kelly most enjoys hanging out with her dog. ​ projectcoordinator [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

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  • Migrants | Sex Workers | End Anti-Asian Racism | Ethical Anti-Trafficking Awareness | Volunteer Opportunities | SWAN Vancouver Society

    "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." ​ ~ Chinese Proverb "SWAN's work is incredibly important. They work on behalf of a group of women that is heavily under-served, thought of as criminals, stigmatized and treated as less than. Through volunteering with SWAN, I have reflected on and challenged my own beliefs. I've gained a lot of knowledge and insight into the many obstacles that sex workers and migrant sex workers face. I also find the outreach work very impactful on a personal level." ~ Stephanie, Volunteer Individuals with any lived experience relating to SWAN's work are invited & encouraged to inquire about volunteering CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES OUTREACH VOLUNTEER - NEW APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED AS OF AUG 2021 (time commitment: one year minimum, 4 hours per month) SWAN welcomes Outreach Volunteers who self-identify as women and: speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese or Korean (other languages may be considered) have a demonstrated knowledge of issues relevant to indoor sex work among im/migrant women have experience with community outreach work based in health or social services ​ Candidates for an Outreach Volunteer position must meet language requirements and minimally one of the other two criteria. Volunteers who join our Outreach team will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement. Inquire about an Outreach Volunteer role CONDOM PACKING PARTIES/LEARNING CIRCLE - RESUMED IN AUG 2021 (time commitment: 2 hours per month) This group will convene in SWAN's Head Office and will combine the preparation of supplies packages for Outreach deliveries with robust discussions, guest speakers and/or films related to SWAN’s work. ​ Individuals of all genders and identities are welcome and encouraged to contact us to participate! Contact Us to Join this Group or RSVP HARMS OF ANTI-TRAFFICKING ACTION GROUP This group is open to individuals of all genders/non-genders and identities, and was formed in conjunction with SWAN's Harming While Trying to Help project launch on 26 Oct 2020. Convening monthly, group members build on the project's message and strategize community-based actions in response to harmful anti-trafficking campaigns. SWAN intends to primarily address local anti-trafficking campaigns that are harmful or ineffective, but due to significant expressions of interest from other regions, registration for this virtual group meeting is open beyond the Greater Vancouver area. ​ Learn more about this Group Register to Join this Group EVENT VOLUNTEER - ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19 (time commitment: 2-4 hours per event) SWAN welcomes casual Volunteers of all genders and identities to assist with the set-up and take-down of our Chocolate or Chicken Bones? Photovoice Exhibit and/or other community events SWAN may host or participate in. Volunteers are invited to add their name to a roster of Event Volunteers who may be called on throughout the year. ​ ​ Inquire about an Event Volunteer role Support Our Work Back to Main Menu

  • SWAN Vancouver | Our Board of Directors

    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's 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

  • Human Trafficking | Trafficking Awareness | Mindshift | Transformative Action | Transformative Change | Stories| Testimonials | SWAN Vancouver Society

    SHARE YOUR STORY of Mind Shifts & Transformative Action! We'd love to hear your thoughts about SWAN's video, our Harms of Anti-Trafficking project and any other stories or ideas you have about combatting human trafficking ethically and without harming anyone. I learned about SWAN's video/project: Select one arrow&v I want to receive 1 - 4 notices a year about new campaigns I can participate in to support the rights of im/migrant sex workers and/or to further promote ethical ways to combat human trafficking. The "Stories of Transformation" page is the testimonial component of SWAN's multi-media Harms of Anti-Trafficking project. Stories will be shared publicly to cultivate mind shifts and inspire individuals to take transformative action in their communities. Full names and other identifying information are not required to submit your story. Anyone with questions or concerns about submitting a testimonial is welcome and invited to contact our Development Manager at any time. Pictures can be submitted via email but they will not be posted publicly without a signed waiver, which you will receive via email following your form submission . Information submitted via this form is not publicly accessible at any time. Please review SWAN's Privacy Statement to learn more about how SWAN protects your information and upholds your privacy and confidentiality rights. Submit Your Story Thanks for sharing your story & helping us stop the harms! JOIN ANTI-HARMS ACTION GROUP RETURN TO THE HARMS OF ANTI-TRAFFICKING WEBPAGE Support Our Work Other Calls to Action Back to Main Menu