About

Founded

November 2018

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Flushing, NYC

Co-Directors

Daphne C., Yin Q., Esther K.

Co-Founders

Kate Z., Athena G., Red S., Julie X.

Red Canary Song is a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers, organizing transnationally. We center basebuilding with migrant workers through a labor rights framework and mutual aid. We believe that full decriminalization is necessary for labor organizing and anti-trafficking.  #RightsNotRaids #SexWorkIsWork

  • We create peer-led and accessible resources for people who are trading sexual services for income or survival needs.
  • We promote safety, health, pride, and mutual care, while fighting stigma, isolation, and systemic violence.
  • We build coalitions with allied organizations and participate in a larger global movement for sex worker human rights.

KO & RCS Dinner

No more police raids and deportations. Policing is not social work. Arrest and sentencing, even with diversion programming, is not a humane way to deliver social services.
Labor rights in our work places, regardless of immigration status. Freedom to openly assemble without fear, share resources, and collectively organize for better wages and working conditions.
Respect and dignified livelihood for all sex workers and migrant workers.

We began our organizing in a fight for justice and police accountability, after the death of Flushing massage worker, Yang Song, who was killed during a police raid in November 2017. We started as a project to provide legal support for her family and help her mother pay for healthcare expenses. We are currently doing outreach in NYC, and creating crisis response services for members of our community, while building a coalition with allied organizations.

Vigil for Yang Song, 2018

Vigil for Yang Song, 2018

Nothing about us without us.
We are the only grassroots Chinese massage parlor worker coalition in the U.S. There are over 9000 workplaces like these across the country with no political representation, or access to labor rights or collective organizing. Anti-trafficking NGO’s that claim to speak for migrants in sex trades promote increased policing and immigration control, which harms rather than helps migrant sex workers.

We organize transnationally with Asian sex workers across the diaspora in Toronto, Paris, and Hong Kong.