BAWR aims to identify alternative resources and support systems for workers being harmed by the criminal justice system and local anti-trafficking efforts. We demonstrate the need for alternatives to policing, current anti-trafficking interventions, incarceration through our research findings. We aim to help the Bay Area implement culturally appropriate outreach, support, and resources for workers affected by criminalization. We advocate for the divestment of racist policing and trafficking programs and the investment in community-driven safety and resource programs.


BAWR is a peer-led research, advocacy, and education group that conducts community-based participatory research (CBPR) and actions with Bay Area workers, and uses that research to inform local advocacy and education. We work with our communities to identify and determine the safety and labor needs of criminalized workers who have interactions with law enforcement and criminal justice systems.