Association against AIDS - JAZAS

Year
2007
Location
Belgrade, Serbia
Amount
$30,000
Term
1 year

A grant to support the establishment a drop-in-center to help JAZAS better reach Roma sex workers; provide a more stable venue for educational activities and medical, social and legal services; foster sex worker solidarity; and enable organizing around important advocacy issues.

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, JAZAS is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1991 as the first NGO active in AIDS prevention in the former Yugoslavia. JAZAS was one of the first organizations in Yugoslavia to provide outreach services to the sex worker community, and currently has a mobile medical unit that provides medical support and services to sex workers in the field, and outreach teams that provide information and referrals. According to Jazas, 70% of street-based sex workers in Belgrade are Roma, but Roma sex workers can be difficult to access because community stigma against them increases when they are seen talking to outreach workers in Roma settlements.