Fellow Since 2003
Magpie Design Studio
This profile was prepared when Shane Petzer was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Shane Petzer is creating a powerful global movement to champion sex workers' rights and legitimize the profession by addressing two obstacles that have hindered the movement's growth and success. First, he is building the organizational and leadership capacities of individuals and groups concerned with empowering the laborers. Second, through concerted outreach, he is uniting a divided movement by addressing the practical realities and needs of sex workers instead of the rehabilitation and reform efforts that merely alienate them.