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Liaison Consulting Services Research | Education | legislative change

"Awareness is contagious." -Jay/Jae, Liaison Consulting Services

Sexual Health | Sex Work | Criminal Justice Reform

LCS is a one woman show. Jay/Jae is a Researcher, Educator & Advocate with a professional network of fearless emerging & established professionals (mostly awesome Experts!) who are unafraid to approach what some may consider difficult topics, not limited to but definitely including SEX!

Consulting

Jay/Jae offers Consulting & Technical Support in all things Sexual Health with an emphasis on disease transmission prevention. She holds direct human subjects data collection experience in projects surrounding Urban Sexual Health behaviors, HIV/STI transmission, Sex Worker Health, Sex Worker Criminal Justice Reform.

Jay/Jae has worked as a Consultant & Research Associate collecting data on the ground with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) & The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) on the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project (2015-2019) as well as Department of Justice (DOJ) funded research with The Center for Court Innovation (CCI) (2014-2016).

She has given lectures, trainings and other speaking engagements surrounding Sex Worker's Health & Rights including The End AIDS Conference (2014 & 2015), Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2015), Lehman College (2016 & 2018) and The Museum of Sex (2018) to name a few. She has presented research findings surrounding Sex Work in New York City at The American Association of Criminology Conference (2017) and has been a guest on NPR radio discussing research findings & SESTA/FOSTA (2018), in POZ Magazine (July 2019) and other publications.

She is an active member of SWOP Atlanta, Lysistrata Mutual Care Collective & Fund and The Black Sex Workers Collective, a former court Advocate for The Red Umbrella Project (NYC) & a Health Educator for Persist Health Project (NYC).

Areas of Research/Data Collection Experience

  • Formative Assessment
  • Instrument creation
  • Human subjects interviewing
  • Detailed observational research
  • Focus group facilitation
  • Data book creation
  • Data coding
  • Presentation of findings

The Sex Worker Community holds a shared belief it is through social de-stigmatization of sex work, offering relief of systemic oppressions such as criminalization and alleviating the socioeconomic driving forces into the Sex Trades through social support, that we can prevent/reduce sexual exploitation and sex trafficking at the same time offering equal human rights to voluntary sex workers.

Jay/Jae believes in healing the whole human as an approach to health. The intersectionalities of Sex Workers rights, Human Rights, the right to live and survive, all play a role in Sex Worker health as with any other population.

Empirical Evidence

"...Most drew explicit connections between their involvement in the sex trade and poverty, housing instability, substance use, family trauma, or health issues. Rather than clear-cut cases of exclusively force or choice, this study finds that economic exigencies and systemic constraints are the primary drivers of adult involvement in New York City's sex trade..." -(https://www.courtinnovation.org/publications/NYC-sex-trade)

Remember that 'professional network of fearless emerging & established professionals (mostly awesome Experts!)?

When booking Jay don't be afraid to ask about experts in almost any area of consulting including corporate race relations, gender issues, reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, prisoner's rights, victims rights, harm reduction, housing issues and so much more. Through her work Jay has kept in touch with many of her colleagues over the years, folks who also offer Consulting services!

We can guide you through best practices and offer experienced insight in many areas. Many of us work within intersectionalities and have worked together more than once over the years. Where possible we include direct voices and real perspectives from within the community of interest.

Liaison Consulting Foundational Background

Why such an emphasis on Sex Work?

In 2014 Jay/Jae was identified as a commercially sexually exploited child by the New York State District Attorney's Office and a survivor of sex trafficking under State & Federal definitions. She navigated a 4 year 'rap sheet' appeal with the NYS Appellate Division which ultimately dissolved unresolved.

She holds unique, educated perspectives of the Sex Trades along with extensive experience in the Sex industry, which included over 14 sex work related arrests by age 21.

Her work in the Sex Industry began at age 14 with street based work. She has worked as a Phone Sex Operator, an Erotic Dancer, an Escort (in & outcall) and back to street work again under voluntary and involuntary conditions.

In the early 2000's she became a BDSM provider through the advent of the internet. Internet accessibility gave her agency and autonomy over how she worked in the sex industry.

BDSM work is how she has worked within the Adult Entertainment Industry since. She is currently semi-retired due to SESTA/FOSTA.

In addition to being a current/former Adult Entertainment Provider and a Research Associate she is also a Policy & Legislative Advocate with over 20 years of professional experience surrounding a wide diversity of Social Justice issues from 1992- present day.

Her work has included...

  • HIV Research (2015-2019)
  • HIV/STI/STD Education (1992-2019)
  • LGBTQAI Legislative Advocacy, Organizing, Education (1992-2019)
  • Sex Worker Health Research & Advocacy (2014-2019)
  • Sex Worker Criminal Justice Research, Legislative Advocacy & Education (2014-2019)
  • Community Organizing (1992-2014)
  • Domestic Violence, Trauma Survivor & Parent Support program creation & implementation (2012-2013)
  • Affordable Housing Legislative Advocacy (2014)
  • Homeless Legislative Advocacy (1998, 2014)
  • Tenant Advocacy & Organizing (2014-2015)
  • Anti-Gentrification Advocacy (2014-2015)
  • Family Law Advocacy (2009-2011)
  • Brooklyn Pride Center program creation, implementation & blogging (2014-2016)

Tailored Workplace/Organizational Trainings

LCS offers tailored training for emerging and established professionals. We hold a specific interest in professionals within the Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services sectors and Community Based Non Profit Organizations. No worries if your business isn't in one of the sectors above, LCS offers Awareness Training for businesses within any sector.

Awareness Training brings awareness to professionals in any industry through in depth individual self evaluation & introspection. We aim to achieve self awareness by encouraging attendees to ask themselves hard questions and answer them honestly.

We discuss tough topics such as workplace relationships, gender issues, race issues, personal biases, mindful productivity, etc. according to your needs. We close each training with noted reflections and implementation suggestions from participants. This workshop must be tailored for your specific work place needs. Participation is required of all attendees. Certificate of completion will be issued.

Sex Work & Sex Trafficking: Training, Lectures, Panel Discussions, Workshops & Conferences. What is Sex Work? What is Sex Trafficking? Is it the same as Human Trafficking? "Trafficking" is a hot topic all around us, but what is it? This training is designed to bring clarity to those questions and more. This training will bring to light varying perspectives of Sex Work, voluntary, forced and the intersection between the two, combined with empirical research data. Awareness of the socioeconomic & systemic paths into the sex trades will be covered. Training also covers Federal and local laws. We provide and encourage creative strategies to allow your establishment to offer victims a safe way to disclose and ask for help in an emergency.

Compassionate Care in Health Settings: Training, Workshop & Lectures: How does your work impact your patients? Do you offer compassion as you move through your day? Are you mindful of your patient's experience? Do you offer efficiency while being thorough and compassionate? Do you offer that same efficiency & compassion to fellow staff, supervisors and colleagues? Do you understand the needs of patients from marginalized populations such as active substance users and Sex Workers? This training is designed for YOU to answer those questions and offer ways to be more mindful of the impact your work may have on the lives you encounter throughout your work days.

HIV/STI Transmission Prevention &/or Sexual Education- Lectures, Training & Workshops: Sexual Education and HIV/STI transmission prevention go hand in hand. Let's not be ashamed to have those difficult conversations. I'm sure we can all agree maintaining a healthy body is important, a healthy body includes reproductive health. Our tailored presentations will go over the basic reproductive biology of the human body including the reproductive system & reproduction leading into sexually transmitted diseases & HIV. We'll discuss methods of prevention from abstinence to prophylactics using the most recent CDC HIV/STI data. Presented in clinical fashion in layman's terms, with audience age appropriate medical illustrations. Please be advised reproductive organs will be shown, please prepare and plan accordingly. The workshop wraps up with Q & A and reflection/understanding. Audience participation required. LGBTQAI HIV specific trainings, workshops and lectures by request.

Criminal Justice Workplace: Training and Workshops

Law enforcement & the Criminal Justice system is vastly complex. Each role within the Criminal Justice system is not only complex but critical. From the Clerk's office to the Judge's chambers, each person involved in the Criminal Justice system has an impact on how the system operates. What impact does the work you do have on the lives you encounter during your working hours? With so many unique roles, tailored training specific to your departmental scope of practice and your staff needs is critical. Police Officers face different daily challenges than Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys. Lawyers have different experiences than Judges. Today is the day to be mindful of the impact your work has on individuals and communities.

LCS ANTI-TRAFFICKING INITIATIVE

Sex Work Vs. Sex Trafficking, Victim Vs. Criminal, Survivor vs...Service Providers? We cannot define the narrative for a people with expert testimony & inside knowledge. Socioeconomic disparity and the need for survival is the constant commonality between Sex Workers and sex trafficking survivors from all backgrounds. Economic disparity and meeting essential needs fuel the Sex Industry. Some turn to the trades as a means of steady employment, others to make ends meet, others to to support substance use. The reasons people turn to the trades are limitless, each person's path into the trades is uniquely their own. It is for those who provide services to current and former Sex Workers and Survivors of trafficking to listen to their individually unique service needs. In the wake of SESTA/FOSTA passages there is even more of a need for compassionate, supportive services. We urge YOU to "be the colleague another can call." Join the SEAT-I below!

Connect with colleagues, join the SEAT-I. The SEAT-I is an effort to create a wide net of services for those impacted by the trades. -LCS, LLC

To donate, sponsor, volunteer or become a Liaison Consultant, click the SEAT-I link above and fill out the form. Someone will be in touch soon!

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