Archive | September, 2009

POWER EXCHANGE: SWOP-LA has a new director!

19 Sep
2009 director Ofelia Corazon and founder Mariko Passion

2009 director Ofelia Corazon and founder Mariko Passion

There have been many changes going on at SWOP-LA headquarters. The most notable is that our beloved founder, Mariko Passion, will be moving on to develop her career as a performance artist. After over four years of pounding the pavement for sex workers rights she will be passing the torch to another.

It was no easy task finding a suitable candidate to fill Mariko’s (albeit tiny) five inch heels, which is why she began her quest for a new leader over a year ago.

While representing SWOP USA at the 2009 World AIDS conference in Mexico City, Ms. Passion met Ofelia Corazon a Los Angeles sex worker and organizer from the LGBT community. The two met back stateside it wasn’t long before Ofelia began co-organizing  alongside Mariko. So when Ms. Passion decided to make a career move, Ofelia was the obvious candidate for the position.

Mariko will remain active as a member of SWOP-LA and will be helping to write grants, produce the updated legal resource guide and continue to fight for sex workers rights as an individual activist around LA, but putting creativity and music at the center of her mission first.