General Information

Legal Referrals

Need help finding an attorney?  Contact marymagdalene@swop-seattle.org

Helpful Organizations

Northwest Justice Project
Are you a victim of a crime and need non-criminal legal assistance?  Some ways this organization may help include fighting extortion by your landlord, stopping an ex who is preventing access to your children, fighting harassment by a client, or assistance with negotiating with a landlord if you have difficulty making rent.  The organization does not include class action lawsuits, legislative help, or lawsuits for money.

Legal Voice
Legal Voice focuses on impact litigation, legislative advocacy and public education related to gender and LGBTQ+ equity.  They may also be able to provide legal referrals outside of SWOP’s network of resources.

Reference Material

Know Your Rights Manual for  the Sex Worker Community: Criminal Law
Miranda Rights, what to do when confronted with law enforcement, consent to search, gender/racial profiling, and other extremely important information. This document recently came our way via contacts at the Sex Workers Project Urban Justice Center and The National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter. While we have not personally verified the accuracy of this information, we know it has been directly worked on by SWOP members in the Bay Area who are working with the NLG.

How to Handle Contact with Law Enforcement
So, things went wrong and police were called. Unfortunately, that happens and it isn’t fun for anyone. Here is a handy guide for best practices if you find yourself in any of the following situations.