At Old Pros, 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.
THEORY OF CHANGE
Changing minds is critical for driving the cultural and legislative breakthroughs required to secure human rights and opportunities for sex workers. Media, art and storytelling are powerful levers for shifting beliefs and breaking down taboos. Old Pros produces persuasive content and compelling events. We bring people together and we change people’s minds.
We aspire to live in a healthy, free society where everyone has access to rights and opportunities to determine their own future.
Old Pros Founder & Executive Director
Host of The Oldest Profession Podcast
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Kaytlin Bailey came out as sex worker in 2015 with her critically acclaimed one woman show, Cuntagious, which enjoyed sold out performances and an extended run in multiple NYC theater festivals. Her second one woman show, Whore’s Eye View, is in development.
After starting The Oldest Profession Podcast in 2017, Kaytlin Bailey accepted a position in 2018 as the founding Director of Communications for a national advocacy organization fighting to decriminalize sex work. After two years working with state legislators all over the country, it became clear that we are not going to get good laws on this issue until we invest in culture change.
In 2020, Kaytlin Bailey founded Old Pros where she works with a team creating persuasive content to identify and activate supporters.
Marie Cecile Anderson
Old Pros Managing Producer
Executive Producer & Audio Engineer for The Oldest Profession Podcast
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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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Most recently Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher served as the ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Before returning to Indiana, Charlene led a domestic violence/sexual assault program and a significant reentry initiative in New York City assisting women and men transitioning from incarceration to society. She also served as a lecturer on Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and as an adjunct lecturer in Global and Historical Studies at Butler University.
Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher has led all historical research initiatives at Old Pros since 2020, illuminating the lives of sex workers in the archive, and assisting in the fight for the decriminalization sex work in the United States.
Her first book, Confined Femininity: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Kentucky, 1865-1920, is currently under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.
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.
Content Creator for Old Pros
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Since then, Irene Merrow has found her niche in bringing what she learns on the strip club stage and relaying it to the online stage. Her work has been featured on Betches, Reductress, and multiple meme accounts.
Irene Merrow began working with Old Pros during quarantine in 2020, bringing her love for creating relable sex work content to a larger audience.
Old Pros National Organizer
Frankie Smith is the Old Pros National Organizer, working to keep our supporters and allied organizations networked.
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Starting at Old Pros as the Canvas Director leading our pilot program in NYC in 2021, Frankie Smith has become the liaison between Old Pros and our growing list of allies, supporters, and collaborators across the country.
Frankie Smith has lived experience as a trans sex worker in addition to a background in social work, graduating with a degree in Public Health and Human Sciences from Oregon State University. They’ve worked as a fundraiser for other nonprofits focused on environmental change, public health access, and the arts.
Development Data Manager
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Regan Ferrell has experience creating and maintaining various CRM databases, navigating planned giving bequests, and overseeing both print and email marketing campaigns. Additionally, she is a recognized expert in the tech policy space, and her commentary has appeared in Counterpunch and the Heard Tell Show.
Angered by the passage of FOSTA/SESTA in 2018, she moved to DC in January 2019 to work on content moderation and free speech issues. She has been fundraising at think tanks such as the Cato Institute and the Narratives Project since 2019. She has experience on the hill, working on libertarian political campaigns, and she also currently works at the R Street Institute.
Regan Ferrell joined Old Pros part-time in 2020 because she’s passionate about decriminalizing and destigmatizing sex work. She left the Cato Institute in 2022 to give full-time attention to this work. She graduated with degrees in International Relations and Data Analytics from Kent State University in 2019.