Why Decrim? Why Now?
Decrim OR invite you to a panel and community discussion answering the questions of “Why Decriminalization? Why Now?”

At this discussion STROLL PDX will have a diverse panel of sex workers and decrim advocates present to explore such topics as
- What does full decriminalization of sex work mean?
- Why is full Decriminalization needed over the Nordic model of partial decriminalization or legalization?
- What events in the last few years have led to the the explosion of such large scale, organized efforts to push for decriminalization?
- Why are we pushing these demands now?

We hope that you’ll join us to learn more about the important issues at the heart of this campaign and hear from directly affected people about why the time is now for full decriminalization of sex work in Oregon, and nationwide.


Decrim Oregon is a campaign and movement to decriminalize sex work and to promote the well-being and safety of people in the sex trade.

DecrimOR was created by a group of individuals and organizations promoting the human rights, civil rights and liberties, health, safety, and well-being of sex workers and people profiled as sex workers in Oregon while advocating for legislation and other policy changes to challenge the system of criminalization of sex work, including: drug use, houselessness, and poverty.

About the panelists:
Emi Koyama, a read fist within a circle” width=”500″ height=”500″ class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-22771″ /> is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. Emi is currently the Coordinatrix of the Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade, a network of about 20 community groups in Seattle/King County area, Washington promoting rights and safety for people in the sex trade through public education and policy change.

Kat Salas is a proud chicanx and member of the Apache Nation. Her practice seeks to explore the ways in which curating can be used to build platforms for intersectional conversations and take up space in academic or institutional settings. In her spare time, you can usually find her tattooing around Portland or collaborating on STROLL’s latest project!

Tamika is originally from Buffalo New York but has lived in Washington D.C. on and off since 1988. Tamika has worked with HIPS since June 2017. She has served as a peer educator then worked as a part of the needle exchange program. She has volunteered her time with mobile services giving new works and safer sex supplies to people throughout the District. Tamika knows first hand what the war on drugs has done to the community. She is dedicated to helping others and working to create positive policies and laws to help those involved in sex work and drug use. She has testified on behalf of HIPS at the D.C. Council, spoken on several harm reduction panels, and is very active in both SWAC and the DC LEAD Coalition. HIPS is extremely honored to have Tamika as part of our policy and advocacy team.

Stéphanie Wahab (moderator)currently works at the School of Social Work, Portland State University. Stéphanie situates her work within critical and post-structural feminist studies of social inequality. She teaches courses social justice, philosophies of science, qualitative research, intimate partner violence, and motivational interviewing courses. She’s long been engaged in sex work/er rights and movements and has dedicated research and scholarship to these issues. She is a co-editor of Feminisms in Social Work Research: Promise and possibilities for justice based knowledge, and the Co-Editor in Chief for Affilia: Women and social work.


Free (Mature Audiences)

Exhibition, Free