Survivor MentorPosted on: September 17, 2013
Posted by: Justice Resource Institute
My Life My Choice ("MLMC") is a survivor-led nationally recognized, groundbreaking initiative designed to reach adolescent girls most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation. MLMC provides a unique continuum of prevention, victim identification, and intervention services including provider training, prevention groups, case coordination, and survivor mentoring to victims of exploitation. Since 2002, MLMC has reached over 1500 girls and over 5500 providers, in Massachusetts and nationally, in a variety of locations including group homes, juvenile detention facilities, child protective services offices, schools, and other community based settings.
An essential component of My Life My Choice programs is the voice and experience of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. The Survivor Mentor is paired with girls exiting "the Life" to provide the guidance and emotional support they need. The Survivor Mentor will work with other survivors and clinicians on the MLMC team to design a support program for girls referred to MLMC and serves in the mentoring role for as long as their assigned girls need their support. In addition, the Survivor Mentor may facilitate Exploitation Prevention Groups in a variety of settings. This position will not be office based but will interface with the My Life My Choice office at the Family JusticeCenter (989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston).
Provide one-on-one support and mentoring to adolescent girls who have been commercially sexually exploited. This support will include weekly, biweekly, or monthly meetings (depending on where a young woman is in her recovery) with each meeting lasting 1-3 hours. Contacts may occur wherever the girl is placed (including in group care, a juvenile justice facility, foster home, family setting, and/or in the community).
Provide written documentation of each contact with your assigned girls using designated reporting forms and data collection forms.
Work collaboratively with other MLMC team members in developing an appropriate support services, education, and placement plan for each assigned girl.
Work collaboratively with law enforcement to enhance each girl's safety and ability to aid in a prosecution, when appropriate.
Attend supervision meetings with Coordinator of Survivor Mentor Services as well as staff meetings and regular trainings.
When appropriate, co-facilitate exploitation prevention groups with adolescent girls in schools, group homes, etc.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
A personal interest in, and commitment to, working with adolescent girls.
Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team.
Positive attitude and belief in the hope of recovery from commercial sexual exploitation for adolescent girls.
Personal history as a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation as an adolescent or young adult. This may include exploitation through prostitution, stripping, or pornography.
A significant length of time in recovery from sexual exploitation (out of the commercial sex industry).
A minimum of a high school diploma or GED.
A current driver's license and access to a car.
Ability to speak Spanish or Haitian Creole preferred.
Justice Resource Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining a diverse community. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBT community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume and cover letter to Lisa Goldblatt Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to My Life My Choice, 989 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.