Amy Ciciora

  • donated 2021-10-06 14:41:56 -0400

    Donate Now

    Across the country, COVID-19 has disrupted networks for care and systems for survival.

    HIPS received a 15% cut to our needle exchange and overdose prevention programs for 2021

    – in the middle of a pandemic and spike in overdoses.

    Your donation today will be put into action immediately, providing meals, non-judgmental harm reduction services, community engagement, and advocacy for folks in street economies at a time it's needed most.  

    We envision a world where all people engaged in sexual exchange and drug use
    can use their power to live healthy and self-determined lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization or oppression.

    Your donation saves lives

    $10 Buys a locally made face mask
    $25 Gives someone a overdose prevention kit
    $50 One week of 24 hour crisis counseling via our national hotline (HIPS longest running unfunded program)
    $100 Gas for a 2 overnight outreach shifts bringing services to those who need it most
    $200 Supports a current or former sex works as a peer volunteer
    $500 Supplies our mobile services with harm reduction materials for a week


    Would you like to support HIPS throughout the year and have access to special HIPS events and info? 
    Join our Pink Membership Team here with a monthly donation! 
    HIPS operates on an *opt-in*policy for publicly honoring donations. 
    HIPS does not publish public donor thank you or acknowledgements in newsletters or reports without your explicit permission. 

    HIPS a 501(c)(3) organization, Federal Tax ID # 52-1847137. If you have made an error in making your donation, we will honor your request for a refund made within 10 business days of your donation. To request a refund, call 202-232-8150. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment, except cash donations will be returned via check. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.


  • published Sign On to Support HIPS 2021-09-16 09:13:46 -0400

    YES! I Support HIPS

    Since 1993, HIPS has worked to address the social, economic, and health disparities faced by people in DC's street economies. HIPS has grown from an outreach and referral service operating out of a passenger van, to a holistic and comprehensive harm reduction based program offering clinical, social service, harm reduction and advocacy. 

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    HIPS advances the health, rights, and dignity of people and communities impacted by sex work or drug use by providing non-judgmental harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement, led by those with lived experience. 

    We envision a world where all people engaged in sex work and drug use are empowered and can live healthy, self-determined, and self-sufficient lives free from stigma, violence, criminalization or oppression. 


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  • published Decrim Sex Work 2021-08-30 15:05:01 -0400

    It's time to decriminalize Sex Work

    The Community Health and Safety Amendment Act of 2019 is the culmination of years of work advocating for the rights and protections of Sex Workers. First introduced in 2017,  this legislation was carefully revised after thousands of hours of community engagement, petitions, and countless hours of meetings with community members and city council. After the Sex Worker Advocates Coalition (SWAC)* gained  five council members’ support as sponsors and cosponsors, this thoughtfully crafted  bill was reintroduced in June of 2019. In October of that year a  monumental hearing was held that lasted well over 14 hours. Despite hundreds of DC residents testifying in favor of this groundbreaking legislation, outside detractors (both national and international) won out over local support. As a result of detractors' scare tactics it never made it out of the judiciary committee for a full vote.  

    Then, just as the SWAC was regrouping and ramping up efforts, Covid19 hit and the movement really stalled. 

    That brings us to the here and now. We need support for the movement as the coalition redoubles efforts to fight to Decriminalize Sex Work for the many who’s survival is dependent on this work. 

    We seek to:

    •  Halt harmful police interactions
    • Promote freedom and increase sexual health 
    • Increase access to resources, housing, and healthcare 
    • Remove  barriers to other employment opportunities

    These barriers to safety, stability and health are particularly hardest on Black transgender women, femmes and gender non binary/non conforming folks. Most of whom have the least amount of access to safe housing and are most likely to be under employed/unemployable (due to lengthy criminal records for survival sex work).

    Please sign on and join this fight.  Your support of these human rights means critical change for so many. The time is NOW.


    *The Sex Worker Advocates Coalition (“SWAC”) was formed in October 2016 as a small working working group discussing the current status of sex worker rights in the District. By January 2017, the coalition had established defined principles and guidelines. SWAC is a group of individuals and organizations promoting the human rights, civil rights and liberties, health, safety, and well-being of sex workers and people profiled as sex workers in Washington D.C. and advocating for legislation and other policy changes to challenge the system of criminalization of sex work. SWAC’s mission is to support and advocate for the full decriminalization of consensual sexual exchange in the District. 

    Learn more about SWAC

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  • signed up on Mailing List 2021-08-13 10:13:07 -0400

  • donated 2021-08-13 09:59:28 -0400

    Webinar Registration

    HIPS is offering both free of charge and sliding scale admission to our Suboxone, Ethics and Stigma Webinar!  

    We love this explanation of "Sliding scale, a tool for economic justice"  from Worts & Cunning. 

    Check out these bits from that conversation and we encourage you to read the blog!

    • The sliding scale is a tool that allows for a product or service to be obtained at multiple price points based on the circumstances of the purchaser.
    • The sliding scale represents the idea that financial resources, including income, are not and should not be the only determining factor in whether or not someone can access services/care/etc
    • Teachers deserve to get paid and students deserve classes which recognize the multiple realities of economic access and privilege that exist.

     We encourage  you to examine your own situation and make an appropriate donation.

    Donation suggested sliding scale: 

    $100 - This level of support covers one person's participation in the webinar AND supports the participation lowest and free participants.  

    $75 - True Cost This is the true cost of offering our webinar,  "If you are able to pay for "wants" and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you."

    $25-50 Middle Cost
    This level reflects the practitioner's acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest."

    $5 - Lowest Cost
    Our lowest cost "represents an honest acknowledgment by the teacher and practitioner that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from being a part of classes if there was not be a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities." HIPS would add that often these folks' participation is critical and important to a full and equitable conversation. 

    0$ - HIPS offers this level for folks for whom registering via a credit card presents a significant barrier to participation. If you would like to participate at this level, your RSVP will suffice and you can close this window!