Press Releases

February 14, 2016: "The Hooker Monologues: Vancouver sex workers and allies tell stories about sex work". Press Release issued by Hooker Monologues.

December 11, 2014: Dec 17: Vancouver Sex Workers Gather to Mourn Violence and Build Solidarity. Press Release.

November 6, 2014: Sex workers speak out against new prostitution legislation (Pivot Legal Society and FIRST).

September 17, 2014: FIRST Keynote Forum on Sex Work in New Zealand: “Eleven Years of Decriminalisation: the Sky is Still Blue.”

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July 4, 2014: Media Advisory from Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform (FIRST is a member).

Sex workers and allies appeared as witnesses in Ottawa the week of July 7-10 to speak to the Justice Committee against Bill C-36. Press Release.

February 20, 2014: "Government Moving Too Far, Too Fast on Prostitution Law Reform: Sex workers must be consulted, and consultation process expanded." Press Release.

December 20, 2013: Sex Workers Across Canada Celebrate Historic Ruling. Supreme Court strikes down prostitution laws in Bedford case. Press Release. 

December 19th, 2013: December 20th 2013: Sex Workers’ National Day of Action.

FIRST co-sponsored a noon rally in Vancouver at 312 Main Street, to stand in solidarity with sex workers as the Supreme Court releases its decision in Bedford vs Canada. Press Release. 

November 24, 2013: FIRST Community Forum: TRANSITions – Navigating Borders, Nov 26, 2013. Press Release. 

May 31, 2013:  June 8: Sex Workers National Day of Action! Rally, March, “Selling Sex” book launch, Film Screening. (Joint release by FIRST and Pivot).

December 17, 2010: Justice ministers’ strategy ignores violence against sex workers. Press Release (joint release by FIRST and BC Coalition of Experiential Communities).

December 17, 2010: Canada’s sex workers excluded from national strategy on missing and murdered women. Open Letter to Prime Minister Stephen and others (Joint release by FIRST and others).

October 12, 2010:  BC Sex Workers Win Access to Justice: BC Court of Appeal Gives Public Interest Standing to Sex Workers to Challenge Prostitution Laws. Press Release (joint release by FIRST and BC Coalition of Experiential Communities).

September 28, 2010: Ontario Strikes Down Prostitution Laws. Press Release (joint release by FIRST, pivot Legal Society, and BC Coalition of Experiential Communities).

August 10, 2010: New Bawdy-House Sentencing Regulations Will Harm and Stigmatize Sex Workers. Press Release (joint release by FIRST and Pivot Legal Society).

December 17, 2009: The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Red Umbrella Event, Press Release (Joint release by FIRST and BC Coalition of Experiential Communities).

November 22, 2009: Why do men buy sex? Forum: November 23, 2009, Press Release.

November 20, 2009: Sex Workers, Clients and the Law. Forum: November 23, 2009, Press Advisory.

June 15, 2009: Feminist Group Hosts Public Forum on Trafficking Facts and Fictions. Forum: June 16, 2009, Press Release.

April 30, 2009: Local groups back labour rights for sex workers: Canada’s criminal laws make sex workers third-class citizens. Press Release (joint release by FIRST, PACE, BC Coalition of Experiential Communities, SWAN, WISH, HUSTLE: Men on the Move, and Pivot Legal Society).

June 9, 2008: Why Decriminalize Sex Work? Forum: June 11, 2008, Press Release.

June 2, 2008: Why Decriminalize Sex Work? Forum: June 11, 2008, Press Advisory.