# Our Approach and Services ## How we show up when our communities are under attack! At NJNP, we don’t recognize what we do as services, we consider it a form of direct action, mutual aid, community support and building the world that we want to see but we understand many may refer to this language for a point of reference. 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][1] 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.** ### Permanent & Long Term Housing _For Black & Brown Trans Community members and former/current sex workers._ NJNP Collective Housing is currently **supporting more than 20 Black & Brown Trans Women **between the ages of 17-65 with long term and permanent housing, many of whom lack access to stable employment and need our help in order to remain in the district near vital resources and work. **We are hoping to double this capacity in 2020 by acquiring more homes for those in need and potentially a permanent location.**
### Short term and Transitional Housing _For those seeking emergency access to housing or a temporary place to stay._ NJNP provides temporary housing, and sometimes in rapid response/emergency situations for as many as 30 people a night at our safe houses or thruout our larger DC Movement network. We are hoping to have a dedicated space for providing this support in 2020.
### **Facilitating things that should just be accessible** In addition to providing housing, we also support Collective Members(those who stay at NCH) with Mutual Aid, love and care - This looks like but is not limited to: - enrolling people in local medical programs and resources as patients, - Connecting with Mediators and community based mediation solutions, healing spaces, and trauma informed mentors, - providing jail support & fundraising court costs, connecting with lawyers, - providing patient advocacy at the emergency rooms, - help fulfilling residency requirements and other types of support at the DMV, - Name & Gender Change guidance, and more. We work with a network of community partners that include medical organizations and service based organizations to ease access to crucial health services. In addition, we also buddy with collective members to doctors and other medical appointments that sometimes TGNC community members miss from social anxiety.
### **Micro-Grants** _“Emergency Funds” _— When funding has allowed, NJNP provides small support requests to our Collective Members in need. From Lyft rides, to cell phone payments; **our community members need to stay connected for safety's sake! **In, 2019 when NJNP started providing Microgrants to Black and Brown Trans People and Sex Workers in need. - $4,700 for safe rides - $1500 for rent, food and phone bill assistance - $900 for Celebration of life services Our Micro-grants are subject on need based/in order of requests received as funding is available (Funding is not always available. We are community based and many of us are volunteers.) **Please contact Bianca at [bianca@nojusticenopride.org][2] to inquiry for emergency funds.**
### Organizing Training NJNP has also started a three month pilot, stipended Organizing Training Project(OTP), developing organizing and leadership skills for trans folks of color most directly and disproportionately impacted by violence resulting from the criminalization of sex work to organize locally impacted communities and lead the movement to decriminalize sex work and make the District of Columbia a safer space for trans, gender non-conforming (GNC), and gender expansive individuals and communities. The Organizing Training Project Pilot (OTP) is intended for community members most-impacted by structural racism, transmisogny, state violence, and other biases whose manifestations individually and structurally adversely affect TGNC communities. NJNP is supporting three organizers through this program and hopes to support more pending trainees, volunteer capacity and funding. Organizers started at 10-15 hours a week, and slowly have increased to 25 hours a week at $16 an hour. During the training period, organizers receive training and leadership development necessary for successful community organizing, such as 1:1 meetings; Communications and StoryTelling, Movement History, Direct Action Basics, Campaign Planning, among other valuable lessons. [1]: https://www.nojusticenopride.org/trans_justice [2]: mailto:bianca@nojusticenopride.org

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Last year, No Justice No Pride (NJNP) worked with SWAC to organize community members to provide testimony preventing a toxic “Nuisance” Bill in DC’s City Council — that would have further criminalized trans sex workers and people who are perceived as sex workers — from ever reaching a vote. We saw a need to bust myths,...

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In 2018 NJNP started a three month pilot, stipend Organizing Training Project(OIT), developing organizing and leadership skills for trans folks of color most directly and disproportionately impacted by violence resulting from the criminalization of sex work to organize locally impacted communities and lead the movement to decriminalize...

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The NJNP Collective has been a vital resource to DC's Trans and Activist Community and currently has nine long term trans tenants staying at the collective and through out our broader network, many of whom lack access to stable employment and need our help in order to remain in the district near vital resources and work.


Organizing Training Program

In 2018 NJNP started a three month pilot, stipend Organizing Training Project(OIT), developing organizing and leadership skills for trans folks of color most directly and disproportionately impacted by violence resulting from the criminalization of sex work to organize locally impacted communities and lead the movement to decriminalize sex work and make the District of Columbia a safer space for trans, gender non-conforming (GNC), and gender expansive individuals and communities. The Organizing Training Project Pilot (OTP) is intended for community members most-impacted by structural racism, transmisogny, state violence, and other biases whose manifestations individually and structurally adversely affect TGNC communities. NJNP is supporting three organizers through this program and hopes...

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Storytelling Project

Last year, No Justice No Pride (NJNP) worked with SWAC to organize community members to provide testimony preventing a toxic “Nuisance” Bill in DC’s City Council — that would have further criminalized trans sex workers and people who are perceived as sex workers — from ever reaching a vote. We saw a need to bust myths, and build community-based support for SWAC’s goals. Shortly after, we launched the first phase of a Community Storytelling Project with 20 stories collected through surveys and small storytelling events led by directly-impacted trans community members around experiences related to Fare Evasion, Street & Public Harassment, Sex Work, Wellness, Housing, and Community Safety.  To help facilitate this, NJNP started a pilot program last spring (The Organizing...

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How the NJNP Collective is responding to violence

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). Since April 2018, with our communities facing increasing levels of violence because of FOSTA/SESTA, No Justice No Pride doubled-down on providing Rapid Response Support to our Trans familia and expanded our Trans Justice Program to include mutual aid & support and a pilot Organizing Training Project(OTP) to develop the organizing and leadership skills of Trans folks of color...

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