MARISA ANNE DAY
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I started working as an organizer with runaway and homeless youth 13 years ago (when I was a youth!). As a teenager I served free hot meals to people in need with Food Not Bombs and interned for the grassroots advocacy group Picture the Homeless. I began working with issues impacting sex workers through the Sex Workers Outreach Project and $pread Magazine. After getting my BA in Gender Studies and Philosophy from Brooklyn College I worked as an outreach worker for The Door and then as the Development Manager of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. My writing and research has included interviews with the founder of Casa Xochiquetzal, a retirement home in Mexico City for elderly homeless sex workers over the age of 65, interviews with immigrant sex worker organizers in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and at the International AIDS Confernece.
This project has grown out of hese diverse experiences and an understanding that this population needs both nonjudgmental support and guidance and concrete practical resources.
Runaway and homeless youth who have engaged in sex work meet stigma and intolernace daily. Projects desigend to support them must be specialized in understanding their needs and sensitive to the delicate process of building trust and offering support. This project is one which does that.
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