Mission & Principles

Red Umbrella Fund’s vision, mission and operating principles guide our strategies and operations. Our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan details our theory of change and priorities for the coming years. 

Our vision
A world where sex workers’ rights are respected as human beings and as workers, so that all sex workers can live lives free from criminalization, stigma, and violence.

Our mission
To strengthen the sex workers’ rights movement and its sustainability by catalyzing new funding.

Our values and operating principles

We respect self-determination of sex workers.
Sex work is work:
We oppose criminalization and all forms of stigma and discrimination against sex workers. We recognize that sex work is work.
We commit to supporting advocacy for rights-based policies, laws and practices that are rooted in evidence of what works, as analyzed from sex workers’ perspectives.
We believe that sex workers must be in charge of design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that affect them.
We embrace the diversity of sex workers and support sex workers of all genders, sexualities, and life experiences. We also recognize that some sex workers are particularly impacted by intersecting forms of marginalization and commit to including them in all our work.
We commit to advocacy and funding processes that are transparent and accountable to the sex workers’ rights movement.
We commit to learning and using what we learn to inform our grantmaking and advocacy and to demonstrate the value of working collaboratively.