Trafficking Victim’s Advocate
Department: at:project (Anti-Trafficking)
Reports to: Program Manager; Operations Director
The Human Trafficking Advocate will provide services to victims, adults and minors, of human trafficking in Central Oregon. The advocate will be utilizing J Bar J’s in-house services, contracts, partner agencies, and other collaborations. This position will provide outreach, crisis response on-call and service coordination. The Advocate serves as primary treatment provider offering comprehensive case management for human trafficking clients. Ensures daily needs of clients are met and assists them in working towards, understanding and implementing therapeutic goals and objectives as outlined in their individual treatment plan. Responsible for accurate and timely written documentation of services and data collection.
This position is a full-time, 40 hours per week position with variable shifts including days, swing, weekends and holidays. This position includes on call responsibilities.
Risk assessments and safety planning; Assess each at:project client for issues related to risk of further abuse; provide options in planning for personal safety on an ongoing basis.
Crisis Intervention and peer counseling: Guide, empower and educate client in achieving safety and recognizing options; provide intensive strength-based, solutions-oriented support; and maintain confidentiality.
Client advocacy and case management: Provide support to trafficking survivors and at-risk clients that address housing and legal needs, immigration remedies, emergency food, clothing and supplies; relationship building and empowerment of the individual’s community; arriving at a mutually agreed upon and achievable goals; and referral and coordination with community partners.
Outreach: Coordinate with community partners, businesses to provide outreach and awareness on human trafficking to increase victim identification and support services; be present at identified areas for potential clients providing support services; and provide agency linkage to increase a tri-county/ state-wide response.
Accompaniment: Provide advocacy and accompaniment during law enforcement interviews, child forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, prosecution interviews, court proceedings, and other community placed meetings.
Indirect services: Attend staffing, monthly staff training, Deschutes County CSEC Task Force meeting, case review and coordination; assist urgent response crisis line; maintain client files; other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Ability to develop an environment where clients can succeed by ensuring the atmosphere and basic supplies for education, work, activities and similar are provided. Ability to effectively facilitate and document individual counseling and groups. Ability to interface effectively with other staff, referring agencies, parents, schools and others and maintain a professional demeanor at all times. Ability to provide crisis intervention to clients and remain calm and in control during crisis situations. Ability to work independently and cooperatively as a team. Demonstrate strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Knowledge regarding issues related to poverty, systems response, adult services and resources, runaway, homeless and street youth; domestic violence; and human trafficking.
Experience and Training: A master’s degree with major study in social work or a closely allied field and one (1) year of experience in the care and rehabilitation of client, or a bachelor’s degree with major study in social work, psychology, sociology or a closely allied field and a minimum of two (2) years of experience in the care and rehabilitation of clients, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with victims of Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence preferred. Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Valid Oregon driver license and CPR/1st Aid certification required.
This job description is not meant to be all inclusive, and it is subject to change