Our Programs

Drop-In Centre
Drop-In Centre

The Drop-In Centre is a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space for all self-identified women, including trans women, who are current or former sex workers.

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Drop-In Centre
Drop-In Centre
Mobile Access Project<br />(MAP Van)
Mobile Access Project
(MAP Van)

Read the feedback from any of the women who have accessed The Mobile Access Project (MAP) Van, and you understand the urgent importance of this service which makes more than 1,400 connections with women every month.

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Mobile Access Project<br />(MAP Van)
Mobile Access Project
(MAP Van)
Supportive Employment Program
Supportive Employment Program

The majority of women who access support at WISH rely on street-based sex work as their sole source of income, leaving them more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence.

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Supportive Employment Program
Supportive Employment Program
Aboriginal Health & Safety
Aboriginal Health & Safety

Indigenous women are over-represented in street-based sex work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: more than 50 percent of WISH participants are Indigenous, and many have experienced severe trauma related to colonization, residential schools, and ongoing racism and discrimination.

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Aboriginal Health & Safety
Aboriginal Health & Safety
Transitions
Transitions

The Transitions project supports women in moving to safer sex work, or to reduce their reliance on sex work, or to eventually exiting altogether.

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Transitions
Transitions
Learning Centre
Learning Centre

Most women involved in street-based sex work struggle to meet their basic needs and, as the result of considerable stigma, systemic poverty, abuse or trauma, often experience low self-esteem.

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Learning Centre
Learning Centre
Music Therapy
Music Therapy

WISH participants can engage in a range of musical experiences through the WISH Music Therapy program, helping to care for their holistic self through musical education, song-sharing and psycho-education.

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Music Therapy
Music Therapy
Health Clinic
Health Clinic

Women who engage in street-based sex work require regular health care, but often face barriers to access, including a feeling of judgement and stigma from healthcare professionals, not feeling safe in local clinics or potentially seeing dealers or abusive male partners in traditional healthcare spaces.

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Health Clinic
Health Clinic
Programs