Board of Directors

The SWOP-USA Board of Directors is comprised of current and retired sex workers, as well as allies.  While we do not require that anyone involved in SWOP publicly disclose their sex worker status (except for the President of the Board), we internally ensure that no less than 3/4 of the board consists of people with direct experience in the sex trade. Our current board maximum is 11 members, with each member serving up to two consecutive two year terms. The SWOP-USA Board or Directors is a working board, meaning that all members are active volunteers who see to the majority of the day-to-day affairs and projects of the organization.

Alex Andrews
Alex Andrews
Alex is a 53 year old sex worker alumni who has lived experience under criminalization of consensual sex work. She is the Co-Founder of SWOP Behind Bars and sits on the Board of Directors of NSWP as the North American Representative. Alex has been working with men, women and trans folks who have been incarcerated and also have experience in the sex industry and works to reduce the shame, discrimination and stigma of sex work by showing up at community meetings and town hall discussions on trafficking and using herself as an example to demonstrate that sex workers are just like everyone else. She has been called a “watchdog” of anti trafficking activity and is committed to the unification of sex worker rights in the United States.

Alex Corona
Alex Corona
Alex Corona is a transgender resource coordinator, HIV/PrEP advocate, sexual health educator, and sex worker in Milwaukee, WI. Alex has done sex work advocacy and outreach in Milwaukee and Chicago and is also involved in statewide HIV awareness and prevention movements such as the WI Health Department “HIV in Real Life” Campaign. Alex’s work focuses mostly on the LGBTQ+ community, primary the transgender population, and how to make the lives of these marginalized people better. She is the social media manager and PrEP Advocate for LetsPrEPWI and does PrEP navigation all over WI. Alex is a body and sex positive activist who works to destigmatize queer sexuality, fat bodies, HIV and STIs, and sex work in general. She is excited to join the Board of Directors of SWOP USA and to make a positive difference in the lives of people who engage in sex work everywhere.
Andrea Ferguson
Andrea Ferguson
Andrea Ferguson graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in anthropology and focused her undergraduate research on various aspects of sex work.

Through this she quickly learned about the injustices sex workers regularly face and how criminalization negatively impacts them. This fuels her desire to advocate for sex worker’s rights and create positive change within the community. She uses her perspective as an anthropologist to conduct ethical research and present at conferences to raise awareness of various issues within sex work. Andrea served on the GSU Undergraduate Advisory Board, is a veteran, and a licensed practical nurse.

Bettie Banshee
Bettie BansheeTreasurer
Bettie Banshee is a Dominatrix, fetish performer/producer, and BDSM educator. She strives to lift the stigma surrounding BDSM and sexuality, stressing safety, common sense, and consent. She currently lives in Reno, Nevada. She earned a degree in Neuroscience, with research in social psychology. She is thrilled to have a career where She can actually use Her degree!

She is the chairwoman of Reno’s Femocracy chapter, works with a financial literacy nonprofit, and is a member of the Northern Nevada chapter of the National Leather Association. She is passionate about serving the community and elevating voices that have traditionally been silenced.

Ceyenne Doroshow
Ceyenne Doroshow
Ceyenne Doroshow was raised in Brooklyn and fought very hard for her day-to-day survival as a transgender girl. Escaping into the kitchen and learning how to cook became a source of power for Ceyenne, and to this day she uses food to bring people to together and get over their differences. She even published a memoir entitled “Cooking in Heels” based on her life experience. Now a grown lady, she has been blessed to be an advocate, caseworker, lover, and friend. Ceyenne is blessed to have Miss Major as her mother and mentor, and is featured in MAJOR, a film about Miss Major’s life. Ceyenne’s legendary storytelling skills are featured in the Red Umbrella Diaries documentary, and bring her all over the country as a sought after speaker, to share her wisdom, humor, and life lessons as a trans woman of color and sex worker. She also volunteers extensively at the River Fund in Queens, providing food, pantry, and other necessary services to people in need.
Cocoa
Cocoa
Cocoa is a queer artist, activist and sex worker who has been around the block! Over the past four years she has worked with sex worker collectives and organizations in Austria, Australia, and New Zealand. Her background is in community organizing, research, and policy work. During her graduate studies she conducted primary research in New Zealand exploring the implications of decrim on the health, labor and human rights of sex workers and subsequent harms when migrant sex workers are excluded. Cocoa has worked in many sectors of the industry, and under a wide range of working conditions and legal frameworks. Drawing from her lived-experience in porn, stripping, brothel and escort work, informal sectors, and survival sex work, she advocates for decriminalization as the optimal framework to support safety, access justice and prevent exploitation. Cocoa fiercely believes that ‘only rights can stop the wrongs’!
Cris Bleaux
Cris Bleaux
Cris is a former escort who was spent most of his late teens and early twenties as a person experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Cris is a queer person who graduated from DePaul University with a focus on Communications in Social Justice and is an AmeriCorps, Public Allies Chicago alum. He has spent the majority of his 10+ year professional career focusing on harm reduction while supporting the LGBTQIA+ youth communities of Chicago as well as people with disabilities following Independent Living Philosophy. He also has experience as a former collective member of the Write to Win Collective (now part of the Transformative Justice Law Project) doing prison abolition work focusing on transgender and gender non-conforming folks in the Illinois prison system. Cris also has experience as a community organizer supporting Chicago’s queer young leaders through Lakeview Action Coalition and Center on Halsted.

Cris lives in Chicago with his adorable pitbull Gizmo and lives for the drag scene as well as spending time by Lake Michigan.

Justice Rivera
Justice RiveraPresident of the Board
Justice spent three+ years involved in SWOP Denver before joining the SWOP USA board. She also spent time providing direct and in-direct services to people involved in the sex trade and survivors of trafficking at Prax(us), and people who inject drugs at the Harm Reduction Action center. During this time, she served on the board of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and volunteered at VORP Denver, a restorative justice program for youth. Justice received her undergraduate degree in an Individualized Degree Program from the Metropolitan University of Denver in 2015. Justice currently works as the Drug User Health Fellow at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors in Washington DC, and is excited to advance the rights and health of people involved in the sex trade as a SWOP USA board member.
Koriandre Davenport
Koriandre Davenport
Koriandre Davenport is a sex worker, multidisciplinary artist, and community organizer. As a cultural organizer, they use different forms of artwork as a tool to inspire, agitate and prod at the radical imaginations of those around them. Their work centers pleasure in all forms from healthy sex practices and body positivity, to envisioning and working towards a future/present that normalizes liberatory sex education and the sex work industry. When they’re not working, Koriandre is usually performing at an open mic, buying new scented candles, or watching cat videos on Twitter
Lielah Leighton
Lielah Leighton
Lielah is a first generation Black Pinay born and raised in New York. She is privileged to join the SWOP USA Board of Directors, and will use her position to lift up and support the community-led activism and advocacy of sex workers throughout the United States. Lielah is passionate about sex worker rights and justice for those who are most impacted by poverty, violence, stigma, and criminalization. Lielah holds a B.S. in Community Health Education from Portland State University, and a Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University with a focus in Trauma Studies and Disaster Mental Health. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Phoenix Calida
Phoenix Calida
Phoenix Calida is a former sex worker turned public speaker and podcast creator and host.
Her lived experience in survival and street based SW as a queer Afro Latina, and survivor of sexual violence and police brutality has molded her into an outspoken advocate for anti-racism, income equality, and sex worker rights.
As a WoC with chronic illness and mental health issues she is a passionate voice for mental health visibility, access to care, and speaking truth to gender and racial bias within healthcare frameworks.
Rebecca Beauregard
Rebecca Beauregard
Rebecca has been working various roles in and alongside the sex industry since 2005. She researched body positivity in sex workers and was an active volunteer with the Utah AIDs Foundation before serving in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps. She went on to manage international projects providing emergency assistance to vulnerable populations living in conflict-affected areas across Yemen, Syria and Nigeria. Rebecca is excited to be part of SWOP to support sex workers and reshape the narrative around sex work. She gets nerdy about organizational and management literature and is conscious about the privilege that has been afforded by her skin color and actively seeks to address racism in her own heart as a regular practice. She holds a MA degree from SIT Graduate Institute in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management.
suprihmbé
suprihmbé
suprihmbé is an author, artist, and advocate. She has been involved in the sex trade in various capacities, including full service and camming, for several years. She coined the term “proheaux womanist” in 2015 to describe a politics of pleasure and erotic labor that centers Black and Brown sex workers, women, and femmes, and later decided to move to Chicago to fulfill her dream of starting a company to publish art and literature that centers Black and Brown sex workers. She has been invited to speak at Yale and on various podcasts and panels to share her knowledge of the politics of the industry and is a well-studied and knowledgable persuasive writer. She is currently working on her second book.
TS Jane
TS JaneVice President of the Board
TS Jane is a sex worker, a nurse, and a transgender rights activist from the Philippines. She is also a contributing member of STRAP (Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines), a non-profit organization who pioneered transgender rights activism in her native country. She advocates for trans sex workers in her community and works with issues such as safety of sex workers, prioritizing your health as a sex worker, self-care, and esteem, breaking the stigma and thriving in the sex industry. She had been invited to speak about her experiences as a sex worker in various delegations and conferences such as ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex Association) and World Association of Sexual Health. She loves to travel, cooking, watching TV and she’s a big sports fan. She resides in San Diego, California, and desires on pursuing her studies in sex therapy and human sexuality education. Follow her on twitter @gandakolangsd
Zooey Zara
Zooey Zara
Zooey Zara is a Los Angeles based sex worker, international BDSM and bondage educator and performer, and fetish model. Her styling and modeling have been featured in publications such as PUMP Magazine and a bit of her bondage work can be seen on HBO’s Westworld Season 2. She is a recent law school graduate, and the newest director of photography, videographer, and editor at slavetobondage.com. She is also the newest director of the SWOP Los Angeles chapter and is committed to serving and building a supportive community in Southern California.

Staff

Christa B. Daring
Christa B. DaringExecutive Director
Christa B. Daring (they/them/theirs) is a former worker owner of Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse and a founding member of SWOP Baltimore. They have been organizing within anarchist, labor, sex worker, anti-war, prison abolition, and queer struggles for the past 16 years since 2002. Formerly, they were a member of the AK Press collective, Olympia Street Medic Collective, and the class struggle anarchist organization Common Action. They are passionate about using popular education and participatory models to build power in historically marginalized and oppressed communities, with the goal of creating inclusive grassroots leadership. When not buried under piles of work Christa can be found wild crafting herbal medicine, goofing off with awesome queers at the dungeon, and snuggling every available cat. They have worked in various sectors of the sex industry since 2007.
Casey McKeel
Casey McKeelBookkeeper
Casey McKeel is a founding member of Thread Coffee Roasters and a former worker owner of Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse. She is doing bookkeeping for a number of radical organizations and studying for the CPA exam. She has also been a social justice organizer for the past 15 years, from doing activist photography to collaborating on actions and campaigns for racial, gender and economic justice. When not working, Casey can be found playing soccer, taking photos, building things and hanging out with her dog.
Sangam 'Alopeke
Sangam 'AlopekeOmbudsperson
Sangam currently hails from Washington DC. They have been involved in a variety of volunteer advocacy and community health work since their teens, and also represented Deaf community interests for the Disability Policy Consortium, focusing on barriers to accessible medical care. They have been active in the street medic community for over a decade and are passionate about health justice advocacy. A worker-owner at Brighter Days collective in DC, they spend their days cuddling dogs and are interested in building up the co-operative ecosystem.

Community Advisory Board

Bas/Veronica
Bas/VeronicaCollective Faciliatator
Greetings and salutations, We’re a person who uses she/her, they/them and the royal We to describe Ourselves. We may be changing Our name soon, We’ve been going by Bas and are considering Veronica. Both names are acceptable to call Us by right now. We are a dog mom and bad ass writer/performer. We’re so excited to be with SWOP working to make the world a safer place for all Sex Workers!
Erica Presley
Erica PresleyCAB Member
Erica (they/she) is a sex worker, creative, and community organizer/activist in the Chicago area. Socially and politically identifying as a pro-heaux womxnist, their creative and community work centers the needs and working/living conditions of Black and Brown laborers of the sex trade. Erica is a survivor of domestic violence, forced labor, and homelessness. They work closely with more marginalized sex workers who are often times disproportionately discriminated against, policed, and harmed.
Mari
MariCAB Member
Mari (they/them/theirs) is nebulously nice and always silly, they committed to the intentional work of transformative justice and healing in community. They have experience in social identity development in higher education, community education, educational theater, and harm reduction. Mar has been based in DC for the past year, working in supporting folks who inject drugs and trade sex, but will be based in Michigan moving forward! They are super excited to be a part of the Community Advisory Board and have the opportunity to work with folks committed to doing this work. They are always down to answer any questions or would love to have a conversation and just get to know folks better!
Stephanie
StephanieCAB Member
Stephanie has worked in the non profit advocacy realm for over five years in the digital marketing, communications and event planning spheres. She is passionate about the arts and digital marketing consultant for small art and other businesses. Currently, she is in graduate school pursuing her Masters of Business with expected graduation of December 2018, which she will use for continuing artists and nonprofit advising. Additionally, she curates art shows throughout the United States, which takes her on the road often. She is honored to be amongst a star-studded cast of CAB characters on the Community Advisory Board.

Interns

Kelly Mulrooney is in her second year at the University of Southern California. At USC she is double majoring in Gender Studies and Journalism. Her particular focus and interest is in decriminalizing sex work, which she is currently exploring through studying the sex work industry as well as the pornography industry.