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Women in the Sex Trade: Organizing to Change Community Perceptions and Reduce Stigma

Kwanzaa is an African American led Presbyterian congregation that promotes community, justice, social change, and empowerment for the children and families of North Minneapolis. Their major work focuses on dismantling stigma, racism, sexism, and classism. This project will engage women who trade sex in North Minneapolis to organize and build a movement that challenges current perceptions of prostitution. Their efforts will work to expand community understanding of the roots of sex trading and reduce community-caused stigma and shame. The project seeks to build power in a community of marginalized women who trade sex by building on the work of the Northside Women’s Space (NWS). NWS is a safe place where girls and women who have been exploited by sex trafficking and the sex trade can find rest, a place to think, and connections to the services and supports that will get them from where they are now to where they want to be in life. Using the Northside Women’s space, they will create a civic engagement, organizing, and community change effort so that women and girls involved in sex trading and trafficking can mobilize to lead change in their community.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Kwanzaa’s Northside Women’s Space
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988