A look behind the scenes at what goes into a night of HIPS mobile overnight outreach.
What is HIPS?
HIPS is a Washington, DC based organization. It's mission is to assist female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work and drug use in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives. Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS' programs strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, STIs, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work.
A majoritoty of HIPS clients are served by the mobile outreach van. Three nights a week, between 11 pm and 8 am, HIPS staff and volunteers provide education, counseling, distribution of condoms & safer sex materials and syringe exchange on the streets.
These images take a look at the start of a typical night's preperations for mobile outreach. To learn more about HIPS, or to find out how to volunteer or donate check out http://hips.org/