In supporting Decrim NY, Salazar intends not to let them down: Together with Ramos, Hoylman, and Gottfried, she's introducing legislation to change a state penal code that targets sex workers by criminalizing "loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution."
"The biggest accomplishment of this movement has been changing culture, breaking down stigma, and laying the groundwork so now we can actually change the law to codify people's rights and empower them."
There was pain in recounting the violence and trauma that sex workers say results from criminalizing their work, but Monday's rally was still buoyed by the hope that Decrim NY could make significant strides toward preventing further harm."Thanks so much to all of you for being here," Gentili told the crowd at the end of the rally, as demonstrators continued to clutch their signs amid unforgiving winds. "I know it was cold—but this feels like the warmest place in the world right now."