We regularly deliver workshops and lectures to promote understanding of issues affecting Sex Workers in our community and elsewhere, including sex work criminalization, poverty and housing, substance use and harm reduction, stigma and discrimination, and the legacy of colonialism. We also provide support for the adoption of best practices in working with Sex Workers. We acknowledge that Sex Workers are most knowledgeable about the issues affecting them. All of our workshops and lectures are led or co-led by people with experience in sex work.

If you have any questions about our Public Education program or are interested in organizing a workshop or lecture, please email info@pace-society.org.

Our Public Education Program Includes

We regularly lecture to community and academic audiences to increase their awareness of the issues affecting Sex Workers. Our lectures focus on how social inequalities, such as sex work criminalization, poverty, and discrimination, negatively impact Sex Workers. We have delivered lectures on a range of topics, including:
  • How sex work criminalization negatively impacts Sex Workers
  • How policing strategies, such as police crackdowns, create danger for Sex Workers
  • How stigma and discrimination prevent Sex Workers from accessing health and social services
  • How colonialism continues to impact Sex Workers of Aboriginal ancestry
  • How transphobia undermines the safety of trans* Sex Workers
We provide training and support to organizations to help them to better provide services and supports sensitive to the needs and experiences of Sex Workers. We have previously delivered Sensitivity Training workshops to health care professionals, social services providers, and university students, among others. Our Sensitivity Training workshops are designed to:
  • Increase understanding of issues affecting Sex Workers, such as sex work criminalization, poverty, and stigma
  • Identify ways to provide services that take into account issues affecting Sex Workers, such as poverty and sex work criminalization
  • Identify ways to eliminate systemic barriers to services and supports for Sex Workers
  • Identify ways to minimize sex work-related stigma when providing services and supports
  • Develop ways to foster inclusive service delivery environments for Sex Workers with diverse experiences
Building upon our twenty years of experience in providing outreach services to Sex Workers, we regularly provide outreach training to health and social services agencies. Our outreach training workshops aim to support outreach workers in developing skills needed to provide outreach services sensitive to the lived experiences of Sex Workers, including:
  • Active listening
  • Boundary setting
  • Ensuring confidentiality/list_item]
  • Ethical practices
  • Safety strategies
  • Effective teamwork
We regularly provide workshops on a range of other topics to assist organizations in providing better services and supports to Sex Workers. These include workshops on:
  • Supporting victims of sexual violence
  • How to cope after violent episodes
  • Self-care strategies for health and social services professionals
  • Safety Training for those working in high-risk settings
  • Conflict resolution and anger management strategies