In a letter to the sex-worker community, WAVAW's board, leadership, and staff stated that the organization produced a position paper called "Stepping out of the Binary" in 2008.
"The paper framed the sex work industry as inherently violent and oppressive," WAVAW noted. "It failed to recognize the resilience, agency, and autonomy of sex workers. It also conflated sex work with trafficking and exploitation."
The letter acknowledged that its position critiqued the sex-work industry as a whole, but wouldn't turn away sex workers who wanted access to services.
"This position is inherently flawed," WAVAW stated. "It is not possible to support individuals and also call for the abolition of their profession.
"Our service delivery and the writing we’ve put out have sent the message to members of the sex worker community and their allies that sex workers could not access our services," the letter continued. "We’re sorry for this."
WAVAW stated that it supports sex work and the rights of sex workers.