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In Memory of Elena Tsukerman

Sex Workers Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) mourns the sudden and untimely loss of Elena Tsukerman, the leader of Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian League “Legalife”, who passed away on December 13 in Kyiv. 

Elena Tsukerman was the founder, Board Chairwoman and later the Executive Director of sex workers led Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian League “Legalife”, and active member of SWAN. We knew her as a passionate activist for the rights of sex workers and persons who use drugs, as well as a community leader, organizer, trainer, speaker, editor and journalist.

We all lost an extraordinary advocate and activist, and a friend whose company will be missed forever.

We are deeply saddened by the loss, and send our sincerest condolences to her partner, family, friends and co-workers in these difficult times.

Rest in peace Elena, and thank you for everything. We will always remember you.

Sex Workers Rights Advocacy Network in Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN)