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Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), Calcutta

DMSC is a forum exclusively of sex workers and their children set up to create solidarity and collective strength among a larger community of sex workers, forge a positive identity for themselves, and facilitate a space for acting on their own behalf. The operational activities of the programme are designed around centralised clinical services, which are supported by a team of outreach workers who are all sex workers. DMSC is involved in crisis mitigation on behalf of its sex-worker members and has been taking steps to improve their immediate working conditions. They operate a helpline, mainly for seropositive sex workers and their families to help them cope with the social and psychological traumas associated with being HIV-positive. The collective is also involved in a variety of advocacy initiatives designed to articulate their rights as citizens.

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