Violence against sex workers often go unreported and unaddressed. Homelessness greatly exacerbates the violence an individual can experience as well as the dependency on the sex trade itself. We know this well at the NJNP Collective — which was created as an intentional community home for Trans current and former sexworkers in search of safe housing.
In DC — according to the DC Trans Needs Assessment Survey, a survey released in 2015 that had over 500 trans participants in the DC Area — over 35% of the respondents reported of having engaged in sex work, with a majority those respondents being of color and identifying as trans woman or trans feminine. In the same survey 74% of respondents had been verbally assaulted, 42% physically assaulted, and 35% sexually assaulted, so it should be no surprise that when the issue of housing came up in the survey, 20% of those taking the survey reporting that they are currently experiencing homelessness, Those currently experiencing homelessness are significantly more likely to be HIV positive and half of those responded as homeless reported to rely “ informal and grey economic work for income (such as sex work).
In April 2018, with our communities facing increasing levels of violence because of FOSTA/SESTA, NJNP doubled-down on providing Rapid Response Support to our Trans familia and expanded our Trans Justice Program to include organizing mutual aid & resources thru community support to provide housing, employment & help finding employment, access to jail and legal support, help accessing financial services, government administration services and more.
After struggling to find a new place with more space over the summer the sisters of the NJNP House Collective have found a new home and need your help make sure the Collective can thrive as its residents fight for trans rights and lives, while providing mutual aid and support to fellow community members. This aid includes temporary housing; helping folks find jobs through cover letter and resume writing assistance; helping folks change their names and gender markers on their ids; providing meals; and working with partners to respond to state terror that keeps so many trans and nonbinary folx from thriving.
The NJNP Collective has been a vital resource to DC’s Trans and Activist Community and currently has nine long term trans tenants, many of whom lack access to stable employment and need our help in order to remain in the district near vital resources and work. No Justice No Pride (NJNP) additionally provides temporary housing, and sometimes in rapid response situations; for 5 to 20 young trans and queer people lacking stable housing a night at the collective or throughout our local network.
We know that in order to center those most on the margins requires us to support each other and our communities💕♥, to keep one another safe, fed, and housed as we fight for a world that affirms us all, and we know that we can’t do that without you!
Here are nine ways you can support the Collective today:
- Like and Follow us on Facebook for the most up to date news about the Collective.
- Share and Invite your friends to our fundraiser on facebook.
- Email your networks about our Mighty Cause campaign!
- Become a Patreon of the NJNP Collective on Patreon.com, and also share with your networks! Share here: Facebook, Tweet.
- ☝What this picture says — Help keep the NJNP Collective’s Pantry stocked.
- Become a monthly sustainer! Your ongoing support will go a long way to ensuring the NJNP Collectives operations continue monthly!
- Join the Collective’s facebook group so you can see the most up to date needs.
You can also use this group to:
Offer any openings or gigs you may have or know of to members of the Collective,
Asking the Collective, directly what daily needs they may have,
Schedule a time to bring your extra or leftover clothes to the collective (you could also drop off on the porch!),
- Take Action for Trans Justice!
- Get involved with the collective. Plug in and volunteer!