Baltimore Safe Haven COVID-19 Sex Workers Fund

COVID-19  has been reported in Maryland and elsewhere — sex workers are facing unique challenges with the pandemic as TGLBQ individuals are living in survival mode and sex work is their only means of income for food and shelter.




COVID-19 will affect street based sex workers doing survival sex work as it’s there only means of income.




Transmission has most been documented by individuals who are traveling, sex workers often work out of motels and we are concerned about potential crossover. The isolation, including from financial networks & social networks with resources; many sex workers face in their typical lives will greatly increase their barriers to support in this time.




Those currently experiencing homelessness are significantly more likely to be HIV positive  or have weaker immune systems due to other health issues and drug use half of survival sex workers are homeless street based or living from couch to couch or in motels as street based economy sex work for income.




 As we see shelter in place orders be discussed in this country’s largest cities, we are asking community to help us raise funds for:




Responding to TGLBQ survival sex workers - for food, bill and travel assistance, for cleaning, hygiene, sanitation and other related essentials



2) Rooms for homeless TGLBQ survival sex workers and street based sex workers who need help to quarantine.




3) Replenishing Naloxone supplies literature provided in high demand by community members




4) Baltimore city’s community volunteers livid experience workers helping community supplies related to COVID-19 response for Survival Sex workers




Survival sex workers in community will need emergency support right now most have no family or ways to protect there selfs from a emergency crisis such as COVID-19 from lack of housing in resources which causes horrific actions of survival sex work which could cause distress, mental health flare ups acting in high drug usage.




As Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby is trying to stop prosecution of drug possession, prostitution, other crimes amid coronavirus




Mosby said she’s taking the action to reduce the threat of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars. These crimes pose no risk to public safety and the defendants would be released before trial in normal times, she wrote in a memo to prosecutors.




The people who typically fall through the cracks within the system are the ones, where the pandemic is further along; who are also being left behind. As our for profit healthcare system becomes too incapacitated when doctors are choosing who lives and who dies, those most on the margins — Black & Brown, Trans & Queer sex workers, homeless or housing unstable, chronically ill, those living with HIV, our trans elders —  are not going to be the first individuals they prioritize. Lets be sure to have their backs!













Baltimore Safe Haven Mission is to provide compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.

 

 




Baltimore Safe Haven stands with its Trans,gay,lesbian,bisexual and queer non-binary community in supports survival sex workers, decrim and other policy changes to challenge the system of criminalization of sex work. We are the only Mobile outreach for TGLBQ lived experienced sex workers in Baltimore City.

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Kashawna Dammons 
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Baltimore, MD
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