The Team

dacia-forwebsite Audacia Ray, Founder and Director
Audacia Ray is a former sex worker who was an executive editor at the Utne Reader award-winning sex worker-run $pread magazine for three years and founded the Red Umbrella Project in the summer of 2010. She is the editor of RedUP’s literary journal Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Work, as well as Ceyenne Doroshow’s book Cooking in Heels: A Memoir Cookbook. She leads media, memoir, and advocacy trainings at RedUP, and sometimes tells her own stories at RedUP’s public events. She has a BA from Eugene Lang College at the New School and a MA from Columbia University and has previously done communications work for the International Women’s Health Coalition and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.

For inquiries about collaboration, press inquiries, and other thoughts about our programs, email:

sarah-forwebsiteSarah Elspeth Patterson, M.Ed., Deputy Director 
Sarah Elspeth Patterson is a former sex worker, survivor and the former Executive Director of Persist Health Project, a current program of Red Umbrella Project that provides member support services such as job assistance, peer counseling, and care coordination. She has organized and advocated in the sex worker rights movement for the past decade. Sarah has also worked as a consultant and trainer with a background in health education, youth development, and civic action, using her experience in the field as a community organizer and professional trainer to provide research, evaluation, planning and training services to non-profits, foundations, government agencies and businesses with a social mission. Prior to that, she worked as a health educator and professional trainer, specializing in LGBT youth health services. She holds a Masters in Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. She can be reached at

jenna-forwebsiteJenna Torres, Community Organizer
Jenna is a mother, a writer, a two-time semi finalist in Urban Word Poetry Slam and an advocate on a collision course between reality and creativity. Email her to get involved with RedUP’s community organizing work:




Our Members


RedUP centers the experiences of those directly impacted by the criminalization of sex work in New York City. Our members run meetings, conduct outreach, facilitate programming, and engage in actions and advocacy. To get involved in our membership and find out about our next open drop-in day, email