Women who engage in sex work while their immigration status is precarious cannot access the same transition houses, emergency/violence prevention systems, or health or government supports as everyone else.
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly exacerbating all their social and systemic risks and vulnerabilities, exponentially. Many of the women SWAN serves have experienced sudden and total income loss. The criminalization of sex work means that sex workers cannot access any of the labour protections or financial supports government is providing to self-employed people in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this public health crisis, SWAN's emergency funds will be accessed by women in extreme need of temporary financial assistance to sustain housing, access health care and meet basic needs.