This is a huge step in our struggle for healing and justice with the women of NOLA.
In New Orleans, women engaged in sex work are increasingly being charged under the felony-level SCAN statute. A SCAN conviction mandates 15-year registration as a sex offender. Along with having to send out cards to all the local schools and agencies wherever they move, anyone with a SCAN charge also faces a minimum $2,000 fine, with threat of incarceration for failure to pay.
At present, 97% of women registered as sex offenders are mandated to do so because of a SCAN conviction.
This law completely disconnects our women from what remains of a social safety net, making it impossible for them to recognize and develop their goals, dreams and desires. That is why our women are calling it ‘NO JUSTICE.’ And it is their words that we take as our organizing call.
For more information on SCAN, please check out our policy brief at this link.
Love to all who have helped us come this far!