Subject: Meeting Request, June 1
Dear Mx. ((Staffer)),
I am writing on behalf of a group of advocates to request a meeting to discuss the challenges and issues of those who trade sex on Friday, June 1.
On that day, advocates from across the country are meeting with their Representatives to share this information, especially the recent impact on our communities since the passage of FOSTA/SESTA, and we invite your office to be part of this dialogue.
We are a group of advocates working from the perspectives of harm reduction, LGBTQ communities, and economic justice to address issues which compromise the health and well being of individuals impacted by the sex trade. I will be joined in this meeting by other constituents from your district ((are you guys repping orgs? how do you relate to this issue?))
We welcome the opportunity to sit down for a meeting on June 1. I will be in touch to see if this is possible. In the meantime, I can be contacted at this email (Yours!) or by phone at ((Yours!))
3. Get the basics on lobbying. There are so many great guides to learning about lobbying.
- The Lobbying Process and a How-to Guide (CHANGE)
- Indivisible’s Guide to Grassroots Advocacy
- To prep for June 1/Sex Worker Lobby Day, Survivors Against SESTA and NCTE put together a webinar. Watch it here.
- What is sex work
- What are the major issues sex workers face
- What was SESTA/FOSTA (the Member probably voted for it), and what has the impact been
- What is our major ask? Reach out to us moving forward and know that talking to sex workers means talking to the experts on the sex trade. (Leave your contact info, cards, palm cards if you’re with an org)
What do you want out of this meeting?
4. Practice! Who’s going to say what, who’s going to facilitate, who wants to share their story? Get to know each other and have a few practice meetings sharing the information and give each other feedback. It’ll be so much easier when you know everyone’s style.
5. Have your meeting! You’ll sit down with a staffer, run through your stuff, and go over the documents you’re leaving behind. Expect about a half hour, answer their questions, and leave on a good note. Leave your contact info, any reports/documents you brought, thank them for their time, and follow up immediately with an email.
On June 1 we went in with a packet of information to drop off, including:
- Sex Work 101
- The Impact of SESTA/FOSTA
- Meaningful Work: Experiences of Transgender Sex Workers, National Center for Transgender Equality, 2015 (Executive Summary)
- The Impact of Criminal Penalties for Trans Sex Workers, HIPS (Infographic)
- The Impact of Criminal Penalties for Women and girls of color
- Human Trafficking and Sex Worker Rights, Freedom Network, 2016
- Decriminalization: A One-Pager, HIPS
- The Impact of Criminalization on Violence and HIV Transmission, NSWP, 2017 (Community Guide)
- Sex work is an LGBTQ Issue
- Why Online Spaces_Keep Sex Workers Safe
Like these? Use them. Want to make your own? Here’s a guide on how to make one-pagers from the International Society for Science in Education.
6.Post about it! If you had a great meeting with a Rep, tell Twitter, tell Switter, and tell us! We’ll be collecting info on how it went, what was helpful, and if you’d like to stay up on these conversations moving forward.