Sex Work Policy Consultant

Kerry Porth

Kerry first joined Pivot in 2011 as a board member and became chair of the board of directors from 2012 to 2017. A former sex worker and IV drug user, Kerry has personal experience of marginalization and social exclusion. She has provided expert advice to Pivot's sex work law reform campaign, responded to media requests and testified to the Justice and Senate committees on behalf of Pivot during deliberations on the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

Kerry was the executive director of PACE Society from 2006 to 2012 and now works as a community developer with Living in Community, an innovative project that seeks to balance perspectives on Vancouver's sex industry. She regularly lectures at colleges and universities on the topic of sex work and has worked as a researcher with Simon Fraser University and the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative. Kerry is currently contracted by Pivot to examine the feasibility of launching a constitutional challenge to Canada's prostitution laws.

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and learning about astrophysics.