Monica Jones is a Black trans woman, a social work student at Arizona State University, and a fierce activist for trans and sex worker rights.
Arizona has some of the most harmful anti sex worker laws in the USand trans women of color are routinely profiled as sex workers by police and then jailed with men. In March 2013, Jones was arrested for prostitution shortly after protesting a controversial sex worker "rescue" program called Project Rose.
Monica decided to stand trial and she fought the conviction with the support of the Sex Workers Organizing Project (SWOP). In January 2015 her conviction was finally overturned, but Arizona's discriminatory anti-prostitution laws remain on the books.
I worked with Monica and SWOP to create different posters, graphics and t-shirts about her case. The art was game-changing in gaining media attention and raising awareness about her struggle and the broader issues.