Volunteer with Maggie's
We're one of Canada's oldest by and for sex workers rights organization. We believe all sex workers deserve to live and work with safety and dignity, and in order to achieve this we must be in control of our own destinies. For this reason our organization prioritizes sex workers in all positions
Maggie’s provides a safe and inclusive space for sex workers in Toronto. The organization is also a leader in sex work advocacy in Canada and is recognized for its work internationally. It’s important that volunteers at all levels are committed to and positively represent Maggie’s values and principles.
Sex workers must take the power to control their own destinies and improve their lives.
Sex work is real work.
Sex work is socially legitimate, important and valuable work.
Sex work is not the same as human trafficking. Sex work is a job selling a sexual service. Trafficking is coerced or forced labour.
Sex work is not intrinsically dangerous, oppressive or exploitative. Most of the problems faced are due to legal and social systems that disregard the rights and worth of sex workers.
The oppression of sex workers does not affect everyone in the same way. Some face additional oppressions based on racism, colonialism, sexism, transphobia, poverty, homophobia, prison experience, use drugs, are youth, or have disabilities.
Community Education & Resource Committee
Maggie’s was created by Toronto sex workers responding to the needs of their community, and those early efforts continue today through the Community Education and Resource Committee. This committee engages in the creation of resources, workshops, and education initiatives on any topic relevant to our lives.
Most of our work over the past year has been in response to COVID-19, and for 2021 the committee will be:
developing workshops and materials to provide advice and information to sex workers across the industry on how to navigate their work safely and profitably;
creating and mobilizing a Maggie’s newsletter;
expanding our research partnerships;
and so much more as we continue responding community needs in the wake of COVID-19 and the multitude of attacks on our communities. We believe that this work is of critical importance to empowering us in our lives and the eventual goal of decriminalizing sex work in Canada.
Our committees are led by chairs of the Board of Directors. These are volunteer positions dedicated to providing support to Maggie's and to the broader sex working community. We conduct (remote) meetings on a monthly basis. For project work, time commitments are flexible according to volunteer capacity.
While we appreciate the interest from everyone who applies, we will contact only those whose responses best aligns with our work. We prioritize applications from current/former sex workers Queer and Trans/Black and Indigenous Communities of Colour (QT/BIPOC) migrant, disabled folks.