Listening to the stakeholders

The Keep Safe Team had the third focus group in late May with sex workers at PACE. One of our newer team members, Anita, co-facilitated the focus group along with Saara, who was involved in the first two focus groups. Two demo devices were introduced to the group – one from the first round of focus groups that most folks seemed to like the best, and a new one that was purchased in response to the first focus group’s feedback. The feedback from this third focus group was mostly positive. Discussions concentrated on details around frequency of usage, how it would be carried on person, and charging the device. In order to feel like we have adequate buy-in from sex worker communities the Keep Safe Team will be researching other devices that have features more aligned to what focus group participants wanted and we will be conducting more rigorous testing of the devices.

Additionally, one of the focus group members recommended connecting with organizations and groups that service male and transgendered sex workers (such as, Health Initiative for Men- HIM) as well as Aboriginal groups. We greatly appreciate our current connections in the sex worker community in Vancouver and are making efforts to bring in other sex worker stakeholders.

We continue to welcome feedback and thoughts on our Facebook page, as well as donations via our PayPal donate tab.

In Solidarity,

The Keep Safe Team

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