Education + Outreach
Maggie’s Sex Worker Community Empowerment Project
This is a 5-year program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada in which Maggie’s hires 6-9 Peer Outreach Workers to provide outreach to sex workers in the community. Outreach is focused on the distribution of harm reduction supplies such as safer sex and safer drug use supplies, information and awareness on Maggie’s programs and services and to provide peer counselling services during outreach. Peers undergo a series of training workshops to prepare them for doing outreach and to build their own skills and resumes for future employment in the community.
Our outreach strategy was created in collaboration with the Peers and the Peer Coordinator. Our outreach sites include a variety of drop-in programs around the downtown east side at other non-profit organizations that may provide services for sex workers in the community as well as street outreach to different strolls or areas where sex workers may be working outdoors.
Part of the program includes a stigma reduction campaign which aims to educate staff at non-profit organizations in the GTA where sex workers may access services. The training workshop on “Best Practices” For Working with Sex Workers focuses on how the criminalization of sex work impacts sex workers, it addresses the intersectionality of sex workers, and how the decriminalization of sex work in Canada would decrease the stigmatization, discrimination, and violence sex workers experience. This training workshop was created by the Program Manager and the Peer Coordinator in collaboration with the Peer Outreach workers who also facilitate the delivery of the training.