SWAI is an organisation that works with sex workers for better access to rights, health and justice in Ireland.

We provide non-judgemental support, information and referral to people who provide sexual services for money, on a range of issues including rights under the law, health and immigration.

SWAI believe sex workers should speak for themselves. We provide training, opportunities and platforms for sex workers to share their lived experience with policy makers, politicians, the media and the public.

We challenge discrimination and stigma experienced by sex workers in Ireland.

We support participatory action research which works with sex workers to provide an evidence base for the development of policy and law.

SWAI is an independent non-governmental organisation funded by the Open Society Foundation, ReThink Ireland and the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE).
All contact with SWAI is private and confidential.

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SWAI was established in 2009 by sex workers, academics, lawyers and activists to support and advocate for the human rights of sex workers, and a harm reduction approach to law and policy in Ireland. Since 2009 many committed people have supported and volunteered with SWAI to build the organisation it is today. We are so grateful for their continued support and guidance.

Thank you

Caroline Gardner
Mick Quinlan
Teresa Whitaker
Wendy Lyon