We believe it is important that we live our own values to give sex workers agency and leadership of the resources with which they can improve their human rights. Therefore, the governance and grantmaking bodies of the Red Umbrella Fund are in majority led by sex workers themselves.
- International Steering Committee
- Programme Advisory Committee
International Steering Committee
The Red Umbrella Fund’s International Steering Committee (ISC) is currently comprised of seven sex worker activists from different parts of the world and four donors. The ISC is the key governing body of the Red Umbrella Fund tasked to oversee the strategic vision of the Red Umbrella Fund and make the grantmaking decisions.
Programme Advisory Committee
The Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of at least 80% sex workers from different parts of the world. This peer review panel reads the applications from sex worker-led groups and makes recommendations for funding to the International Steering Committee.
The Red Umbrella Fund’s day-to-day work and decision making is done by the staff at the
Nadia joined the Red Umbrella Fund as the first Coordinator in 2012. She has a Masters in Social Geography from the University in Amsterdam and years of experience in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and youth participation processes with Choice, the Youth Coalition, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), the People’s Health Movement, Stichting Alexander and UNFPA. Nadia organised the first Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work in 2010 in partnership with UN agencies, governments, and the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), and worked for the APNSW afterwards. She is currently on the board of the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Nadia speaks Dutch, English and Spanish.
Dennis van Wanrooij is a Programme Associate (and former PAC Member) with the Red Umbrella Fund. He is a a part-time sex worker and a committed sex workers’ rights activist from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since 2011, Dennis has worked with TAMPEP, the European Network for the Promotion of Rights and Health among Migrant Sex Workers, and is currently an Advisor of the Network. He has led advocacy initiatives and human rights campaigns at the European level, co-authored a book for the empowerment of sex workers and launched advocacy videos. He has also conducted various consultations for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, and HIV Young Leaders Fund. Dennis holds a LLM in International and European Public Law at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and a BA in Law at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Louise LaFleur has worked as a Programme Associate with the Red Umbrella Fund since March 2016. Louise is a legally-educated, fierce social justice activist with a passion for sex workers’ rights. In 2014 Louise received her degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Her legal focus is criminal justice sentencing reform, human rights and LGBTI+ identities, and the impact of law on marginalised communities. Prior to law school, Louise completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Vancouver Island University and worked for prison justice organisations around British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. It was then that Louise found a passion for building partnerships with activists to bring about revolutionary change. Louise has a penchant for challenging structural inequality, black tea, feminist theory, and Broadway. She speaks English and French.
The staff are regularly supported by interns and volunteers.
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The Red Umbrella Fund’s small Secretariat is fiscally sponsored and hosted by Mama Cash.