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Solicitation of a Crime against Nature

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Hello from Women With A Vision (WWAV) New Orleans.

Please read the press release regarding Doe v. Jindal in search of your media support for those who organized the lawsuit from the grassroots: poor Black women, including transgender women, and gay men who work or are profiled as working in the sex trades. So far, media coverage has only extended to the attorneys representing WWAV and not the advocates themselves.

We need your help to sustain WWAV in what will be a long battle in federal court! Please take the time to write a community-focused article like this one at Bridge the Gulf, forward this email, and-or donate to WWAV to help us let the world know about this harsh and discriminatory law and the fearless women and men who are bringing it to the steps of the federal courthouse in pursuit of community justice.

Doe v. Jindal Background - Just this week, the civil rights suit Doe v. Jindal was filed in federal court. Doe is a lawsuit WWAV organized against Louisiana's Solicitation of a Crime against Nature statute (i.e. soliciting oral or anal sex in exchange for compensation), which targets poor Black women involved in street-based economies, transgender women and gay men, and requires sex offender registration for 15 years to life for a second and subsequent conviction. SCAN is the only registerable crime that does not involve force or the victimization of children, yet 40 percent of those on the Orleans Parish registry are registered for a SCAN conviction.

For more information and resources, including a policy brief, visit http://wwav-no.org. If you do write a piece, you can contact Ms. Haywood and Ms. Ritchie for quotes at:

  • Deon Haywood, ED of WWAV, (504) 931-7944, deon@wwav-no.com
  • Andrea Ritchie, Esq. Police Misconduct Attorney (646) 831-1243, andreajritchie@aol.com

Additionally, please cc: will@spreadmagazine.org with any coverage, so that we may compile it and redistribute it through social media channels.