Red Canary Mission

Our Mission

Red Canary supports the grassroots organizing of migrant sex workers, starting with the Chinese community of massage parlor workers in New York City. #RightsNotRaids #SexWorkIsWork

  • We create peer-led and accessible resources for people who are trading sexual services for income or survival needs.
  • We promote safety, health, pride, and mutual care, while fighting stigma, isolation, and systemic violence.

Who We Are

We are a coalition of first and second-generation immigrants, sex workers, community workers, and allies.

sex work + migration is not trafficking

Values & Points of Unity

We stand for:

  1. No more police raids and deportations. Policing is not social work. Arrest and sentencing, even with diversion programming, is not a humane way to deliver social services.

  2. Labor rights in our work places, regardless of immigration status. Freedom to openly assemble without fear, share resources, and collectively organize for better wages and working conditions.

  3. Respect and dignified livelihood for all sex workers and migrant workers.
Yang Song vigil 2018, view from Flushing LIRR station

Grassroots Organizing

Nothing about us without us.
We are the only grassroots Chinese massage parlor worker coalition in the U.S. There are over 9000 workplaces across the country, yet we have no representation or formal labor organizing. Anti-trafficking NGO's that claim to speak for migrants in sex trades often promote increased policing and immigration control, which harms us rather than helps us.

Our Members

We began our organizing in a fight for justice and police accountability, after the death of Flushing massage worker, Yang Song, during a police raid in November 2017. We are currently doing outreach in NYC, and across the U.S. through Chinese massage worker chat groups.

our members

Our Coalition

Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center

We seek solidarity and support from other community organizations, immigrant and labor organizers, legal and health service providers, academics, journalists, and activists -- to build a broader coalition of services and advocacy for all migrant sex workers.

Our Projects

Vigil for Yang Song


Hotline & WeChat

Publication & Events

Support Our Work

We are still in the process of creating an organizational account or finding a fiscal sponsor with a tax-deductible nonprofit account.

  • We plan to make all donations and expenses open and transparent for 2018-2019. Until we get an organizational account, we appreciate your trust, and can send a personal receipt upon request.

  • We also appreciate any interest in volunteering for outreach, or helping to write and make art for our Know-Your-Rights zine.

Contact Us

redcanarysong (at) protonmail (dot) com.