Stacey Swimme

Innovative Thinking On The Sex Industry & Social Justice


Ishtar Communications is an exclusive website design and Internet marketing service working closely with hand-selected clients to grow progressive businesses and causes through the virtual market. Stacey started Ishtar Communications in 2011 with two colleagues in response to the need for more sophisticated Internet marketing and promotions for smaller activist and advocacy groups.

The Sex Workers Outreach Project Stacey co-founded SWOP USA in 2003. Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy. SWOP has grown to have nine chapters around the country, all of which are led by and for sex workers.

International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers Stacey helped start the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers with Dr. Annie Sprinkle and Robyn Few. During the week of December 17th, sex worker rights organizations around the world stage actions and vigils to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers.

When Someone You Love Is A Sex Worker This is the title of Stacey’s first book, due to be published independently in 2013. This book is a tool to support sex workers in coming out to their family, romantic partners and friends.

The Desiree Alliance Stacey co-founded the Desiree Alliance in 2005 as a means of uniting sex workers from coast to coast. After traveling abroad Stacey was inspired by the sex worker-led organizing she saw happening in other countries and saw the need for a more unified front among US-based sex workers. During her time with Desiree Alliance Stacey brought together hundreds of sex workers at conferences and thousands of sex workers through online projects.

Bound, Not Gagged is an online community of sex workers Stacey helped start in 2006 after the notorious “DC Madam” scandal made national headlines. BNG quickly became and authoritative platform for politically-minded sex workers who were inclined to speak out in response to numerous issues in which their voices are traditionally ignored.

The St. James Infirmary is the only peer-led clinic by and for sex workers in the US. Stacey first became acquainted with the Infirmary as a participant and later was hired onto the team working in Development and Communications.

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