Tampep Network proudly presents its new coordinator : Anastacia Ryan!
Anastacia has been an advocate and activist for the rights of sex workers for over ten years at national, regional and international level. Beginning her journey Anastacia worked for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and given the nature of her work focus on sex worker health and HIV, spent much of her post working in the Asia-Pacific region on issues related to treatment access and sex worker leadership in health and HIV programming. Anastacia has also worked with regional network ICRSE in developing sex worker capacities in relation to the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (The SWIT) and supported in-country roll of programmes most recently in Serbia and Macedonia. Nationally, Anastacia co-founded a nationwide sex worker support service Umbrella Lane and has expanded the project to foster and encourage peer support, violence reporting and sex worker led sexual health testing. Anastacia recently completed a PhD which used participatory research to work with sex workers to compare experiences of accessing justice in Scotland and New Zealand and continues to use her findings to challenge criminalisation and other barriers that prevent all sex workers from enjoying basic human rights in Scotland, and the exclusion of migrant sex workers in New Zealand from the rights and protections afforded to sex workers under the decriminalised legal framework in this context. Bringing a wealth of expertise and dedication to the rights of all sex workers, Anastacia comes to this role in TAMPEP with much passion and excitement for a new challenge to promote the human rights of migrant sex workers throughout Europe.