Mission

Old Pros is a non-profit media organization creating conditions to change the status of sex workers in society.

 

Vision

We seek the destigmatization of sex work, where it is not illegal or shameful for consenting adults to exchange erotic services for money or other resources.

We envision a society where sex workers are free to contribute their experience and wisdom to their communities.

We seek the decrimalization of sex work, where individuals participating in sex work are not arrested and cannot be evicted, fired, or lose custody of their children because of their participation in sex work.

All people, whether they have ever participated in sex work or not, should have access to services and support to avoid exploitation, stay safe, and make choices about their own lives.

Sex workers have a right to unencumbered access to the building blocks we all need to move our lives forward. This includes access to banking and investment services, healthcare, education, legal assistance, relevant government programs, and technology platforms.

We aspire to live in a healthy, free society where everyone has access to rights and opportunities to determine their own future.

 

Theory of Change

At Old Pros we believe that changing the story changes everything. Policies impacting sex workers will improve when we invest in culture change to change hearts and minds.

At Old Pros we create persuasive content and look for opportunities to identify, connect and conspire with supporters.

Strategy: Old Pros creates conditions for change by elevating sex worker history, news, and events, educating the public, and building consensus across non-traditional stakeholder groups. Changing minds is critical for driving the cultural and legislative breakthroughs required to secure human rights for sex workers.

Through the power of proximity in media, storytelling, and networks, our aim is to shift culture so that sex workers have the rights, respect, and self-determination necessary to fully participate in society and move their lives forward.

Media, art, and storytelling are powerful levers to shift beliefs, break down taboos, and open people’s minds to the potential contributions of sex workers already in our communities.

Kaytlin Bailey

Old Pros Founder & Executive Director

Host of The Oldest Profession Podcast

Kaytlin Bailey is a stand up comic, sex worker rights advocate, and writer. She is the Founder & Executive Director of Old Pros, Host of The Oldest Profession Podcast, and is currently developing her second one woman show, Whore’s Eye View. Kaytlin Bailey is a hilarious, brilliant, and irreverent expert on sex worker history, and a leader in the growing movement to decriminalize sex work.

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Marie Cecile Anderson is an award-winning podcast producer, editor, musician, and comedian living in Nashville, TN. She is best known for being one half of the feminist musical comedy duo Reformed Whores and co-host & editor of the comedy edutainment podcast Difficult Women. Prior to working on The Oldest Profession Podcast, Marie Cecile Anderson produced Good Inside with Dr. Becky, which was named one of the top 20 shows on Apple Podcasts 2021, and also produced Last Podcast Network’s Fraudsters.

Marie Cecile Anderson

Old Pros Implementer

Producer & Audio Engineer for The Oldest Profession Podcast

Marie Cecile Anderson is the Managing Producer at Old Pros, playing an integral role overseeing the organization’s team management, strategic direction, and content production. She also serves as the Executive Producer of The Oldest Profession Podcast and is responsible for recording, editing, publishing, and promoting all episodes.
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Marie Cecile Anderson is an award-winning podcast producer, editor, musician, and comedian living in Nashville, TN. She is best known for being one half of the feminist musical comedy duo Reformed Whores and co-host & editor of the comedy edutainment podcast Difficult Women. Prior to working on The Oldest Profession Podcast, Marie Cecile Anderson produced Good Inside with Dr. Becky, which was named one of the top 20 shows on Apple Podcasts 2021, and also produced Last Podcast Network’s Fraudsters.

Leah Moon

Director of Brand & Growth

With a background in documentary filmmaking, design, website development, and online business training, Leah brings respect for and knowledge of mental health, diverse wisdom traditions, and leading edge technology to create unique solutions for each collaboration she undertakes.

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Leah Moon studied at Rhode Island School of Design and is a graduate of Smith College with a dual degree in the Study of Women and Gender and Studio Art with a concentration in Electronic Media. In addition to being a Reiki Master Teacher, Leah is also trained as an herbalist, Medicine Caller, and is an award winning photographer.

Leah Moon is an artist and healer who has fully embraced the Internet. She designs and produces branding, online spaces, and business support plans for changemakers. She shares tools for personal growth and how to manage self care through success in her free monthly email and also on Instagram @withleahmoon.

Charlene J. Fletcher, PhD.

Old Pros Historian

Historian, womanist, activist, and lover of most things Kentucky, Charlene holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, specializing in 19th century United States and African American history and gender studies.

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Prior to attending IU, Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher led a domestic violence/sexual assault program as well as a large reentry initiative in New York City, assisting women and men in their transition from incarceration to society. She also served as a lecturer of Criminal Justice at LaGuardia Community College and an adjunct lecturer in Global and Historical Studies at Butler University.

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher’s research and forthcoming book explores the experiences of confined African-American women in Kentucky from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era, specifically illuminating the lives of confined Black women by examining places other than carceral locales as arenas of confinement, including mental health institutions and domestic spaces. She seeks to explore how these women both defied and defined confinement through their incarceration, interactions with public, social, and political entities of the period, as well as how they challenged ideas of race and femininity.

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher’s work is motivated by her personal and professional experiences — particularly her work with individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and incarceration — and these experiences continue to fuel her passion for her work today.

Ava Smith

Old Pros Organizer

Ava Smith is a Sex Worker, community organizer, and avid mutual aid supporter. Their passion is to not only tell better Sex Work stories but to put money back into the hands of Sex Worker artists and story tellers through grassroots fundraising such as canvassing. 

Irene Fagan Merrow

Content Creator for Old Pros

Irene Merrow is a comedian, sex worker, content creator, and writer; a woman who wears many hats and sometimes nothing at all.

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Irene Fagan Merrow moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a career as a writer and stand up comic. While doing nightly shows, occasional tours, and various freelance gigs, she picked up multiple side hustles to support herself. In 2018, she finally found one that stuck when she began stripping.

Irene Fagan Merrow's experience with online and in person sex work made its way into her comedy and writing. She found a passion for presenting audiences with the radical idea that sex workers are people. She dedicated her punchlines to lifting up sex workers and punching down on the narrow minded people who discriminate against them. She also wrote multiple articles for Betches Media advocating for sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work. Her written work has also been featured on Reductress, Someecards, Paste Magazine, and BestLife Media.

Irene Fagan Merrow's stand up comedy, published articles, and social media content aim to rid people of their whorephobia and inspire them to cherish whores as much as she does. She wants you to laugh but she also wants you to shut up and listen.

Regan Ferrell

Development Advisor

Regan Ferrell is a fundraiser and human rights activist. She's became inteterested in sex work advocacy upon interviewing local lawmakers and professors for a high school paper, realizing how much work still needs to be done to protect sex workers’ rights.

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Regan Ferrell believes there’s no greater joy than getting money directly into the hands of those who need it, and #OldProProject is doing just that. An ardent vegetarian, you’ll frequently hear her lamenting factory farming when she’s not protesting human rights issues, hanging around the beltway libertarian scene, or reading tarot.