1. To provide barrier-free, holistic legal services and legal representation people working in the sex industry.
2. To increase the use of harm-reductionist and anti-oppressive methodologies in legal advocacy.
3. To use community education, policy reform, and precedent-setting lawsuits to end state sanctioned and institutional discrimination and violence against sex workers and their communities, which we understand is inextricably related to race, gender, and class.
4. To participate in the larger movement for racial, social, gender, and economic liberation that includes sex workers and prioritizes the issues of those most affected by the systems of oppression under which we live.
Harm Reduction Practices
Red Light Legal is committed to harm-reduction. Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with engaging in sex work. We do this by accepting that sex workers exist and choosing to work to minimize the system’s harmful effects on workers rather than simply ignore or condemn them, understanding sex work and sex workers are complex and multifaceted with a continuum of experiences, calling for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who do sex worker and the communities in which they live in order to assist them in reducing attendant harm, and ensuring that sex workers have a real voice in the creation of their case designed to serve them.
Red Light Legal is committed to anti-oppression. This includes reflecting on our own privilege, being open to hearing that we have work to do to address internalized oppressive values or dynamics, redistributing power and leadership away from ourselves when it benefits the collective and the community, participating in ongoing training and learning throughout our lives to address these persistent dynamics, communicating clearly, and supporting other’s communication.