PROJECT PROSPER of FLORIDA

Creating Community

aka SWOP BEHIND BARS   |   St Petersburg, FL   |  www.swopbehindbars.org

Mission

SWOP, at its most basic, is an anti-violence campaign. As a multi-state network of sex workers and advocates, we address locally and nationally the violence that sex workers experience because of their criminal status. SWOP adopts the principles and practices of nonviolent action in order to reduce violence and achieve dignity and rights for sex workers.

Ruling year info

2003

Vice President

Jesse Maley

Secretary

Katherine Koster

Main address

2815 EDWARDS AVE S

St Petersburg, FL 33705 USA

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EIN

45-0491407

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Project Prosper of Florida believes that community social problems are not solved by legislators and policymakers…they are driven by people – not organizations – that live and work in the community. It is only through these efforts that we can educate and inform community leaders, policymakers and legislators about the need for appropriate and actionable services and support. People who are poor, LGBTQ people, people of color, trans folks, sex workers…all experience degrees of violence and harassment. Not just in the workplace but in their daily lives while trying to access housing, healthcare, childcare, food, clothing, education, and many other basic human needs.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SWOP Behind Bars

Creating community for sex workers and sex trafficking victims who are incarcerated to provide them with non-judgemental, human rights based education and information about safety and harm reduction and have created a curriculum to help them self-facilitate groups to discuss substance abuse, Trauma and PTSD that they have experienced as a result of their participation in the sex industry.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Sex workers

Program Structure
Gays and lesbians living in a Transgender Society
Coalition Building
NYtag/ Soar Institute/ Red umbrella/ WRRQ Collective/ Breakout Nola/ TGIJP SF
Movement building convenings
Formerly incarcerated & convicted people through movement & gatherings
Conferences authoring roadmaps for change
Programs For Base Building & Leadership Development
Trans Liberation events
December 1st World AIDS Day/ April 18th national HIV Testing for Transgender women
December 17th day to end violence against sexworkers
NYC Gay pride last weekend in June
Global Outreach
Social Media Outreach
Via GlitsInc Facebook/ @GlitsInc Twitter/ Glits_Inc Instagram
GlitsInc Grassroots Re-entry Program
Re-entry plan/ Create Sustainable Housing
Violation Prevention
Family Reunification/ Community Building
SWOP Behind Bars/Pen Pal letter writing services ‘community lead’
Advocating & Organizing
Relationships & coordination with allied groups Globally
Global Relocation
Asylum Seekers ‘Advocating for Community in harm's way
Monthly NewsLetter ‘community lead
Via Social Media

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Incarcerated people

Coyote RI is a New England-based group founded by Bella Robinson and based on Coyote core principles.
Coyote RI Mission Statement

Indoor sex work was decriminalized in Rhode Island in 1979 due to Margo St.James filing a class action suit to challenge the states prostitution laws and the case was dismissed after a federal judge revised Rhode Island prostitution laws. However in 2009 Rhode Island voted back in to criminalize all prostitution, so we call back into action Coyote Rhode Island (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics).
While we oppose society’s Moral Witch Hunt against us and laws that criminalize us, we are aware that sex workers must live in the real world. At it’s best, that world disrespects and ostracizes us; at it’s worst, it seeks to exploit and even harm us.
The Rhode Island chapter of Coyote is here to offer a safe harbor from that world.
We believe adult providers can make the best choices for themselves without interference from law enforcement on the one hand nor do-gooders who want to "help” us against our will on the other hand.
If you need resources and support you will find that here. If you choose to leave this business, we seek to provide you information on the best resources that can assist you transition to another lifestyle. We respect each provider’s right to choose for herself.
We vehemently oppose all forms of human trafficking and child prostitution. The victims of these crimes deserve our compassion and support; those who exploit others in such a manner deserve severe punishment.
We advocate for laws that make sense to protect our youth rather than continuing the Moral Witch Hunt against consenting adults.
Our goal is to reducing harm by education and decriminalizing indoor consensual sex work between consenting adults.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Street Outreach Outreach and Covid relief in Austin Tx

Population(s) Served
Adults
Health
Sexual identity
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Protecting the safety of sex workers who are IiPOC and transgender

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Sex workers
People with HIV/AIDS
Substance abusers
LGBTQ people

We advocate for laws that make sense to protect our youth rather than continuing the Moral Witch Hunt against consenting adults.
Our goal is to initiate harm reduction models, advocate for the health and safety of sex workers and to support sex workers who are in crisis.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Project-Prosper of Florida seeks to sponsor grassroots organizations who align with our mission and values.
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
The mission of Project Prosper of Florida is to implement human rights standards to promote civil society by involving volunteers in research, education, and advocacy and by granting financial access to grassroots organizations that allows them to develop and build diversity within their own community.
We are a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) organization.

Provide reentry strategies and services for incarcerated people as they work to return to their community
Advocate for the right to vote for criminalized populations
Advocate for the full decriminalization of sex work
Feed the hungry
Provide resources for LGBTQIA people
Advocate for decarceration
Amplify the voices of people most impacted by Poverty
Harm reduction Services to Marginalized Communities
Help Marginalized Populations register to Vote
Advocate for Anti-Criminalization

Our organization is solely compromised of people who represent our community. The voices of those most impacted by our societies issues drive our work. We are led by and for people of color, people who are marginalized and stigmatized and people who have experienced the harms of criminalization. Because we are survivor led, we are better able to provide services and support to our community because we fully understand the impact of these societal harms.

We have brought the conversation of intersecting issues to public discourse. Sex Work, Sex Trafficking, Hunger, Homelessness, Generational Poverty and access to opportunity is increasing in spite of the current administration.

Financials

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PROJECT PROSPER of FLORIDA

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2021
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Board co-chair

Jill McCracken


Board co-chair

Alex Andrews

NSWP

Term: 2016 - 2019

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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