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 (ISC)
- Programme Advisory Committee (PAC)
International Steering Committee
The Red Umbrella Fund’s International Steering Committee (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. It currently has seven sex worker activist representatives from different parts of the world and three donor representatives.
Programme Advisory Committee
The Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) reads the applications received by the Red Umbrella Fund from sex worker-led groups and networks and selects which groups should receive funding. They are sometimes also called a community or peer review panel. Their recommendation is sent to the International Steering Committee for approval. The PAC consists of at least 80% sex workers from different parts of the world.
The Red Umbrella Fund’s day-to-day work and decision making is done by the staff at the Secretariat:
Nadia van der Linde joined the Red Umbrella Fund as the first Coordinator in 2012. She organised the first Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work in 2010 in partnership with different UN agencies, governments, and the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW). She did some projects for the APNSW afterwards. Nadia holds a Masters in Social Geography from the University in Amsterdam. She has years of experience particularly in the field of sexual and reproductive rights, advocacy, 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. She is currently also on the board of the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Nadia speaks Dutch, English 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.
Vera Rodriguez joined the Red Umbrella Fund team in August 2017 as Programme Associate. Vera was born in Spain where she graduated in Journalism at Universidad CEU San Pablo of Valencia. In 2000 she moved to London and worked in a Peep Show in Soho to pay for her BA in Photographic Arts at Westminster University. In 2011 she volunteered for the First Sex Worker Film festival in London and since then, she has combined activism, art, photography and sex work. She is an active member of X-talk organisation for 7 years, has been very involved with East London Strippers Collective and she is a cast member of the Sex Workers Opera. Vera worked at Sexual Health on Call in London as a Multilingual Migrant Support Worker and has shot feminist porn for Erika Lust productions. Vera shares her life with a cat, believes in community, creativity and social change and defines herself as a ‘Puta Feminista’. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese and Italian.
Jingshu Zhu joined the Red Umbrella Fund as a Programme Associate in April 2018. She obtained her PhD in Leiden Law School in the Netherlands, where she conducted thorough legal-anthropological research on Chinese LGBs’ family life. During her fieldwork, she also established connection with (LGBT) sex workers and their groups in China and beyond. Prior to that she was specialized in international human rights law. She has been active in the LGBT and feminist movements in China, from outreaching in parks to lobbying at the UN. She is also passionate about telling stories of sexual minorities via new media (such as blogs and podcasts). Jingshu speaks Chinese and English.
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.