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Street-Based Sex Work and Harm Reduction During COVID-19 | Webinar

May 27, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Street-Based Sex Work and Harm Reduction During COVID-19
Rachel Petty and Julia Bakker | HSJCC
Brittany Cameron | PARN
Crystal Wheatley | Resilient Roots Consulting


May 27, 2020 | 1:00-3:00 PM EST


Online webinar. All necessary dial-in information will be provided to those who register when available.

Course Description:

Goals for the webinar include:

  • To increase knowledge of the current laws regarding street-based sex work and what that means in a local context
  • To increase the awareness of the impact of stigma on those engaged in street-based sex work and enable service providers to provide appropriate supports
  • To identify ways to continue engagement with folks engaged in street-based sex work about their safety and well-being
  • To address the associated harms related to stigma and street-based sex work in downtown Peterborough
  • To address the current challenges street-based sex workers are facing due to COVID-19

Activities for the webinar include:

  • Presentation on the spectrum of sexual exchange for profit
  • Feedback from community members with current and historical engagement in street-based sex work
  • In-webinar polls to increase self-reflection
  • Q&A period

Facilitator Biographies:

Julia Bakker | HSJCC
Julia Bakker holds a BA (Honours with distinction) in Criminology and Forensic Psychology, as well as a Community and Justice Services Diploma.
She has been with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge for nearly four years. Currently, Julia works as a Justice Service Worker which includes intensive case management support and advocacy for individuals involved in the criminal justice system who are dealing with trauma, mental health, addiction, and homelessness.
Julia previously held the position of Chair Person of the Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee in Peterborough and is now looking forward to continuing work with the sub-committee on reducing stigma towards downtown populations and street-based sex work.

Brittany Cameron | PARN
Brittany Cameron is the Peer and Volunteer Engagement Program Coordinator at PARN – Your Community AIDS Resource Network and has been with the PARN team for over five years. Brittany has a deep passion for community-based work and is a strong supporter of engaging service users in programs and services to ensure their voices are heard and programs are designed to meet their needs in the best ways possible. In addition to her educational background in Social Service Work; Britt has first-hand lived experiences of both street-based survival sex work and substance use. In her role at PARN she oversees the recruitment, training, and engagement of peers, students, and volunteers. Her work aims to increase individual skill sets, build connection to self and community, and ensure there are opportunities for people with lived experience to be engaged across all aspects of the organization.

Rachel Petty | HSJCC
Rachel Petty is a white, cisgender settler who makes a home with her family on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabe in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. Rachel is the HIV support coordinator at PARN and her intention is to provide service that is rooted in the foundations of the AIDS movement: social justice, health equity, and the principles of ‘nothing about us without us’. Rachel is honoured to be a part of this Question of Care webinar and feels strongly that during these uncertain times, while we navigate a new paradigm of isolation, physical distancing, service disruption, and scarcity, it is more important than ever that we listen carefully, without judgement, to each other’s needs and experiences and anchor ourselves in our individual and collective strengths.

Crystal Wheatley | Resilient Roots Consulting
Bio coming soon.

This webinar was adapted from a Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) workshop.


Who should attend this presentation?

This presentation is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

What is the dial-in information?

All necessary dial-in information will be provided to those who register when available.

How many staff members from my organization or business can attend?

There is no registration limit.

Who can I contact with further questions?

Contact the QoC Project Lead at [email protected] or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this presentation has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. While tickets for this webinar are free, there is a donation option to help offset the cost of compensation to hire a person with lived experience to share their story.