ICRSE STEERING COMMITTEE
The ICRSE Steering Committee is the legal governing body of ICRSE. It delegates decision making around strategic direction and operational management.
The ICRSE Steering Committee make decisions in consultation with and on behalf of ICRSE members. Members of the ICRSE Steering Committee are required to represent the network in line with ICRSE mission, vision and values.
The ICRSE Steering Committee members cannot be paid for services or work undertaken on behalf of ICRSE, but will be reimbursed for any expenses incurred while undertaking the duties on behalf of the ICRSE Steering Committee.
The ICRSE Steering Committee members are elected for 2 year terms, and may be nominated for a second term and third term. If a Steering Committee member resigns, an election will be held. The new Steering Committee member will serve the remainder of that member’s term, and will be required to stand for election at the end of that term. Steering Committee members can serve a maximum of 6 years in total.
ICRSE Steering Committee elections will be held every year, with a minimum of 40% of Steering Committee members rotating off each year. The rotation system ensures knowledge transfer and continuity within the ICRSE Steering Committee.
ICRSE STEERING COMMITTEE COMPOSITION
- A minimum of 80% of the ICRSE Steering Committee must be sex workers, with an aspiration to achieve 100%.
- ICRSE strives to ensure gender balance within its Steering Committee and the leadership of women and trans people. ICRSE ensures that the majority of Steering Committee members are women and trans people.
- ICRSE strives to ensure representation from migrant sex workers, sex workers living with HIV, sex workers who use drugs and a diversity of sex work experiences. While there is no requirement for ICRSE Steering Committee members to be public about their status, the power of being open about one’s status and experiences with stakeholders and donors and the encouragement and support it gives to community members should be recognized.
- ICRSE strives to ensure representation from diverse sex work legal frameworks.
- ICRSE strives to ensure geographic balance across the three ICRSE sub-regions, with a maximum of one committee member from any single country within the Steering Committee.
ICRSE sub-regions are:
- Eastern Europe and Central Asia
- Central Europe
- Western Europe
Kate McGrew, Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI), Ireland, Co-Convenor
Sabrina Sanchez, APROSEX, Spain, Co-Convenor
Maxime Maes, UTSOPI, Belgium, Treasurer
Dinah Bons, PROUD, The Netherlands
Kemal Ordek, Kirmizi Semsiye, Turkey
Luca Stevenson, Coordinator
Yigit Aydin, Administration and Finance Officer
Boglarka Fedorko, Campaign and Advocacy Officer
ICRSE’s work is supported by Thematic Advisory Groups composed of experts on key advocacy topics. To promote sex workers’ labour and human rights, the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe has been coordinating campaigns, developing resources and attending key-events in order to build strategic alliances with other social movements and organisations working at European level.
In order to sustain our intersectional advocacy, ICRSE has developed Thematic Advisory Groups who will inform and support ICRSE’s work.
Each Advisory groups is composed of a limited number of experts (between 5 and 10) incuding one ICRSE staff or Board member. Advisory group members are volunteers and selected for a renewable term of two years.
Objectives of the Advisory groups:
- Identify advocacy and alliance building opportunities (meetings, key-events, campaigns opportunities…)
- Review and comment on position papers, briefing papers and other resources.
- Represent ICRSE (when Secretariat and Board members are not available)
- Identify funding opportunity and support development of funding application
- Highlight policy and political change at national and European level.
Current Thematic Advisory Groups cover:
HIV, Health and Well-being
Labour, Poverty and Social Exclusion
Migration and Trafficking
Women, LGBT rights and Discrimination
Human RIghts and Legal Frameworks
The membership of ICRSE is open to individuals and organisations of both sex workers and allies living and working in Europe and Central Asia.
The Criteria for membership are as follows:
- Recognise sex work as work
- Support sex worker self-organising
- Oppose criminalization and other legal oppression of sex work
- Endorsement of the Declaration and the Manifesto.
To become a member you must fill our application form and send it to the secretariat for approval. You can find the detailed information here.
ICRSE is legally constituted organisation registered with the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Dossier number 34216253), and recognised by the tax department as a not-for-profit organisation (Stichting International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, fiscal number 8141.42.643).