Our Beliefs

​​Ocean State Advocacy is a peer-led community-based collective working to support sex workers & people who use drugs in Rhode Island. 

We believe in a harm reduction-based understanding of support and community care. We use harm reduction as a guiding principle for all our work through advocating for the human rights of sex workers and meeting sex workers where they are without judgment or punishment. We strive to strengthen the network of sex worker support and sex worker-driven advocacy in Rhode Island.

We are an anti-racist, anti-transphobic, anti-xenophobic, and anti-ableist organization.
We strive to always be better and to learn from current & past liberation movements. We welcome the diversity of identities and lived experiences that fall within the realm of sex work and recognize that widespread racism, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism contribute to the challenges many sex workers face. 

We see criminalization of the drug trade and sex work as disproportionately exposing our community to violence at the hands of the state. The decriminalization of sex and drug trades is a project of prison abolition. Our communities deserve the right to live, access resources, and care for one another without fear of the police, ICE, or any other state agencies. For decades the American “War on Drugs” has devastated primarily Communities of Color with the increase of policing, mass incarceration, and an emphasis on carceral justice. For this reason, we support and advocate for harm reduction interventions for people who use drugs. This includes overdose prevention centers, drug decriminalization, and the inclusion and centering of BIPOC in this movement.

We see sex work as being at the intersection of so many other issues and in our fight for decriminalization, we want to prioritize access and resources for our community to make tangible change to the conditions we labor, live, and care for one another under.