DECRIMNOW made history.
On October 17, the sex work decriminalization bill in DC got a hearing. We’ve been fighting for this moment for years. We testified in support of the bill and got to demand that DC support Black trans and cis women and other LGBTQ+ people.
Thank you for your support so far. We wouldn’t be here without the love and strength from our community. Getting a hearing for the bill was the first step, but we still need to get the council to pass it!
One way to continue to support is to call your DC Councilmember to demand that they decriminalize sex work and invest in community in DC. Below we have phone numbers for the councilmembers who we still need to pressure to fully support the bill, along with a short script to help you speak with them.
Tell DC Council to #DecrimNow
Call-In Day Contact Information:
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans - (202) 724-8058
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh - (202)-724-8062
Ward 7 Councilmember & Health Committee Chair Vincent Gray - (202) 724-8068
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen - (202)724-8072
At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds - (202) 724-8064
Call-In Day Script:
“Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a resident of Ward [YOUR WARD]. I’m calling to demand your support of Bill 23-0318, the “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019”.
This bill removes criminal penalties from the selling and buying of consensual sex and invests in the health and safety of sex workers. And the bill actually decreases sex trafficking, despite various myths our opposition has spread. We know that continued criminalization does not keep our people safe. In fact, a recent MPD Human Trafficking Unit report showed that the unit spends the majority of their time and resources abusing sex workers.
Last week, our community stayed at the hearing for the bill for over 14 hours to discuss the legislation with over 140 testimonies and Mary Cheh and Vincent Gray were not present the entire time. I’m urging [INSERT COUNCILMEMBER] to listen to community members and support this bill.”
Thank you for your continued support! We will get free!