Responding in the wake of FOSTA/SESTA

7/25/2019 1:00am

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.

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.