LOS ANGELES — The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) has announced a series of new initiatives designed to expand its support of adult performers.

According to APAC, it advocates improving safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by providing performers with organized representation in matters that affect their health, safety and community.

The group’s goals for 2016 include the creation of constituencies outside of Los Angeles, peer-to-peer mentoring programs, the expansion of the “APAC Stamp of Approval,” and new affiliations with sex worker and sex work-friendly organizations.

“Already, this has been an exciting year for performers,” APAC President Chanel Preston says.  “We want to sustain the momentum that’s been created, and make sure that performers’ voices continue to be heard.  Our new programs aim to expand our membership base, and include input that reflects the diversity of performers in our industry.”

Preston says that the peer-to-peer mentoring program will pair new and veteran performers together with the goal of supporting and educating those just breaking into the industry.

Additionally, APAC intends to expand beyond Los Angeles in an effort to include the growing number of performers who work outside the region.  In particular, the organization is focused on opening chapters in other major areas of adult film production including Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and Miami.

APAC’s expansion efforts also include reaching out to, and partnering with, other sex worker and sex work-friendly organizations that maintain similar advocacy goals.  In doing so, APAC hopes to share support and resources with sex worker populations beyond the adult industry.

The “APAC Stamp of Approval” is a credential that currently applies to non-industry professionals who have maintained respectful working relationships with performers, including doctors and attorneys.  In an effort to increase safety and transparency, APAC plans to extend the Stamp to adult film producers and agents, allowing performers to report non-compliant industry professionals and, if necessary, have their Stamp revoked.

APAC will continue to host panels and meetings for performers on the first Sunday of every other month, as well as develop industry resources around sexual health.

The next meeting will be held on Sunday, April 3.

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