Darby Hickey, who has been serving as interim executive director of Different Avenues, a local advocacy organization serving youth and young adults affected by HIV and violence, particularly homeless GLBT youth engaged in sex work as a means of survival, stepped down Aug. 29 to pursue work with Stop Prisoner Rape.
Stop Prisoner Rape is based in Los Angeles, though Hickey will serve as a policy associate out of the organization's D.C. office.
''I will still be involved [with Different Avenues], particularly around our Move Along [Policing Sex Work in Washington, D.C.] report,'' says Hickey, who has worked at Different Avenues for five years.
The transition also marks the incoming of a permanent executive director, Kelli Dorsey.
''[Dorsey] has a lot of connections to different aspects of the harm-reduction movement in D.C., ... so we're hoping to see her bring some new folks into the fold,'' says Hickey, whose last days at Different Avenues were spent working with Dorsey.