UNDERSTANDING PERSPECTIVES on the sex industry

Living in Community (LIC) is a provincial non-profit organization, based in Vancouver, that is working to change the conversations we have about sex work.

LIC brings together diverse stakeholders to collaboratively improve the health and safety of sex workers and address community concerns as they arise.

We focus on getting at root causes of issues like stigma, poverty, and gender-based violence that create systemic vulnerability for sex workers, and we seek to build understanding and common ground with other community members.

ABOUT US

Our Story

Back in 2003, violence against sex workers in Vancouver was unacceptably high. Sixty-seven sex workers had gone missing and/or had been murdered in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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Our Model

At the heart of the Living in Community model is the bringing together of different groups who are impacted by or have an impact on sex work...

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Training and Education

Living in Community offers a variety of workshops to increase knowledge about sex work with a view to improving services and supports for sex workers...

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NEWS

Learn more about the BC Bad Date and Aggressor Reporting (BC BDAR) Project

Have questions about the BC BDAR Project? Learn more in our FAQ document, put together from the five Working Group organizations guiding this project: PACE Society, Peers Victoria, SWAN Vancouver, WISH Drop-In Centre Society, and Living in Community.

Read the FAQs here, and check out the project website here.

Living in Community: Understanding Perspectives on the Sex Industry highlights our unique community development model. Since starting in 2004 in Vancouver, BC as a series of community conversations, Living in Community (LIC) has evolved into an incorporated non-profit organization that works across and beyond British Columbia, bringing diverse stakeholders together with the common goal of collaboratively improving the health and safety of sex workers while reducing stigma and harm.

Looking back to how our project began, this video explores LIC's innovative model and demonstrates how it has made an impact on communities in Vancouver and beyond.

Hand-drawn video produced by flippinpictures.com.

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