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National Symposium "Nothing About Us Without Us" Brisbane, 2008

Thursday November 27th 2008 - Brisbane - Open to the public. This is the fourth year that Scarlet Alliance has run a national symposium on sex work, and all have been well attended by practitioners, sex workers and supporters. In 2005 it was held at Trades Hall, in Melbourne. In 2006 it was held at South Australia's Parliament House. In 2007 it was held at the historic Kalgoorlie Town Hall. Don't miss this fabulous event!! Past speakers have included Alison Arnot-Bradshaw, Touching Base, Friends Frangipani from Papua New Guinea, the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, Empower Foundation, and a multitude of others. Read on for more details of the 2008 event, including information about all of the presentations and presenters.

We hope you will consider joining Scarlet Alliance at our 4th National Symposium, 27th of November 2008

H-Block, Southbank Institute of Technology, Glenelg St, Southbank

RSVP before 19th November, admin@scarletalliance.org.au or 02 9326 9455

$20 Entry, Sex Workers Free

Registration starts at 1.30pm. Presentations begin 2pm. The day ends at 4.30pm.

Tish Norris, Scarlet Alliance Executive Member, will chair the event.

PANEL 1, AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES, Presentations include:

Emerging Sex Workers Services In Queensland

Presentation by Crimson Coalition and United Sex Workers North Queensland

Modelling and Advocating for Successful Sex Worker Services

Ari Reid, Manager, Sex Industry Network South Australia

Alina Thomas, Scarlet Alliance, Tasmania

Link to recent media from Tasmania

PANEL 2, INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, Presentations include:


The Desiree Alliance is a diverse, volunteer-based, sex worker-led network of organizations, communities and individuals across the US working in harm reduction, direct services, political advocacy and health services for sex workers.

An Update on Sex Worker Organising in the United States

Stacey Swimme

Link to blog "Bound Not Gagged"


"Money Baby" photo of Desiree Alliance conference 2006, by Melissa Gira. Rachel Wotton, Scarlet Alliance International Spokesperson, fourth from the left


Globalised Sex Work Forum 2008, Jum Chimkit in yellow on the panel

Thai sex workers migration to Australia

Jum Chimkit

SWOP NSW Multicultural Project

Jum is the most experienced multicultural educator for sex workers in NSW, providing outreach and service delivery to Thai sex workers for 9 years. Jum also networks with the Thai sex worker organisation, Empower and recently worked in Thailand on a capacity development exchange. Link to Globali$ed Sex Work

Research with Migrant Sex Workers In Australia

Elena Jeffreys

President, Scarlet Alliance

Link to results from the 2006-2007 Scarlet Alliance research project with Chinese Migrant Sex Workers

Asia Pacific Links, Capacity Development and Strategic Partnerships

Janelle Fawkes

CEO, Scarlet Alliance


Scarlet Alliance has been running a capacity development program in Papua New Guinea since 2005, and has recently expanded to Fiji and Timor Leste. This work is based on the self determination of the sex worker communities involved, and the importance of sex worker community led response to HIV/AIDS, human rights and community development. We are proud to have assisted in the formation of a national sex worker organisation in Papua New Guinea, Friends Frangipani. Janelle will elaborate on this work and answer questions about Scarlet Alliance international programming, including our membership of the HIV Consortia.