Sienna Baskin

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Sienna Baskin, Esq. is co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Ms. Baskin provides non-judgmental legal education, advice and representation to sex workers on a variety of issues, including housing, criminal, employment, and immigration matters. She also assists victims of trafficking with immigration applications, family reunification, and cooperation with law enforcement. Ms. Baskin leads "Know Your Rights" workshops for sex workers in a courts and community settings and advocates for policy change on the state and federal level, educating legislatures and decision-makers about the effects of laws on sex workers. Ms. Baskin’s writings have been published on Huffington Post, the Economist, Alternet, RHReality Check, the City of New York Law Review, Research For Sex Work (forthcoming), and Wagadu; a Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies (forthcoming). Prior to joining the Sex Workers Project, Ms. Baskin advocated for criminalized people's rights in various settings. She has worked with Critical Resistance against the expansion of prisons into rural communities, organized social justice conferences with youth, taught creative writing in housing projects and prisons, and helped harm-reduction needle-exchange efforts. Sienna is a graduate of Hampshire College and the City University of New York School of Law.

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