In Spring and Summer 2018, NJNP began and completed a three month pilot, stipended Organizing Training Project (OTP) to develop the organizing and leadership skills of trans folks of color most directly and disproportionately impacted by violence resulting from the criminalization of sex work to organize locally impacted communities and lead the movement to decriminalize sex work and make the District of Columbia a safer space for trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals and communities.
Organizing Training Project Pilot (OTP) is intended for community members most-impacted by structural racism, transmisogny, state violence, and other systems of power whose manifestations individually and structurally adversely affect their communities. The Pilot training period is just over three months. Currently, NJNP is supporting 3 organizers through this program and hopes to support more pending trainer and volunteer capacity, as well as funding. During the first pilot, organizers started at 10-15 hours a week and slowly increased to 25 hours a week at $16 an hour while receiving training and leadership development through learning Movement History, Story Telling, How Best to Manage 1:1 Meetings and Campaign Communications, Direct Action Skills, and Campaign Planning among others led by NJNP Organizers, Trainers, Facilitators and Volunteers.
In June 2018, the organizers-in-training participating in the OTP pilot and the other TGNC Community Members they organized to join them shared their stories at Sex Workers Rise Up for Safety - a rally organized by No Justice No pride, HIPS, CASS, BYP100, Trans United Fund, and Metro DSA. Organizers are currently involved in City Wide Storytelling Project as well as working to continue and replicate the work NJNP started with their Rapid Response Support to support each other and keep each other safe, fed, and housed while working and fighting for a world that affirms us.