I am wrapping up my work at ACLU SoCal as an LGBTQ Community Engagement and Policy Advocate. I learned a lot in that role and got to do amazing work with the LGBTQ Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at ACLU SoCal. I am proud that I got to work on a bill to decriminalize HIV in California, built power with a coalition of sex workers, steered and supported LGBTQ coalitions across the state, mobilized people for marches, led community engagement at Prides throughout SoCal, and led educational trainings on LGBTQ student rights, minor consent, and reproductive health access. If you know anyone who is interested in filling my heels, check out the job announcementhereand feel free to reach out with questions about the job.
Are you looking for more about my work? I’ve had lots of amazing opportunities to work with grassroots organizations, statewide groups, and national networks to train leaders, community members, and organizations to further their work for justice. Here are a few writing samples of my work in that I got to build alongside amazing organizers and advocates. Click the links to see the online copies and click the contact page if you want to learn more.
Today, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals heard oral arguments in the ESPLERP v. Gascon case in San Francisco, CA. I got a chance to co-host a discussion online today with some colleagues and coalition partners who care deeply about sex work, the impacts it has on QTBIPOC (queer/trans/black/indigenous/people of color) folks, violent policing, and ways folks can support the organizing of sex workers. To learn more about the Redditt AMAA , click here for the discussion and check out our blog!
“Happy international day for sex worker rights ! I am so happy to see so many gorgeous, trans, fat, POC, poly, kinky, babes here tonight showing support for sex worker rights! My name is Adrian Acencion …
I am here today because many people in my life that I love and care deeply about are sex workers. I’m a first generation Latinx immigrant, and I know how immigrant/ refugee/ LGBTQ/ black/ indigenous/ POC/ two spirit /and disabled communities get profiled by the state, criminalized for living in poverty, punished for engaging in crimes of survival, and deported for sex work.
Recently, migrant sex workers in Ottawa were targeted as part of a three day raid that treated them as criminal elements . Police and ICE are not legally allowed to collaborate though we know this happens a lot. In Los Angeles, a Korean pop group was profiled as sex workers and detained because of bad policies. Here in Oregon, a black transgender woman was profiled as a sex worker and harassed by Portland police on her Trimet commute home.
My family’s migration story is a complicated of imperial drug wars, racist gun violence, sex work, and being crossed by borders as coyotes. People that I admire and are holding communities together are/ or have been sex workers- some of those people are Maya Angelou, Janet Mock, Marsha P Johnson, and Silvia Rivera. The founders of the transgender liberation movement were radical sex workers fighting against police violence. The criminalization of sex work targets people with the least legal protections and that includes immigrant/refugee/LGBTQ people.
So lets continue to show our support and love tonight to SWOP, SWOC, and STROLL to ensure this very important work continues and please talk to me if you want to file a complaint against law enforcement. No more closets ! No more stigma! No more bad policies that criminalize sex workers! And president Obama stop the deportations!!!! “
Thanks SWOP,SWOC,STROLL,PWCL, for having me and to and all the artists and entertainers that showed support, yall were amazing! We raised over $1,000 that night!