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Monday, June 9, 2014

Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer, APU Chaya, Seattle, Washington

Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer

Job posted by: API Chaya
Posted on: June 6, 2014

Job description

API Chaya formed in October 2011, when the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center (1993) and Chaya (serving South Asian women and communities, 1996) merged into one organization to better serve Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes in Washington state through support services for survivors and
organizing communities to end violence and oppression. We work in diverse communities, including immigrant and refugees, young people, LGBTQ, faith-based, and various ethnic groups. We are located in Seattle, WA. For more information about our organization, please visit[[|]]. API Chaya is seeking a Human Trafficking Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer who will work within API Chaya's Human Trafficking Program to conduct grass roots community organizing towards changing the norms and conditions that allow human trafficking to occur as well as provide intensive case management and crisis intervention to survivors of human trafficking. The Advocate/Organizer should excel at survivor-centered advocacy, managing competing priorities, and facilitating access to services for clients as well at engaging, building relationships with and communicating effectively with diverse communities and partners. This position requires thorough knowledge and understanding of a human rights based approach to trafficking and a strengths-based approach in serving participants. The advocate/Organizer should have demonstrated experience in community organizing as well as case management skills such as: empowerment based advocacy, harm reduction, professional boundaries, and self-care. The Case Manager should embrace API Chaya's values and possess a thorough understanding of how human trafficking occurs within a complex web of larger power dynamics and how individuals' privilege and oppression both impact their experiences. The Advocate/Organizer must also possess the ability to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team. This position is based in Seattle, WA but requires some work and travel throughout the Puget Sound area to provide services to trafficking survivors and local engage communities in mobilizing to end human trafficking.
Community Outreach and Organizing (50%)
 Relationship building and networking with key local immigrant community leaders and organizations to build effective relationships towards long-term community engagement
 Work with API Chaya's Anti-Trafficking Team to develop and conduct community education trainings and campaigns against trafficking (grounded in API Chaya's anti-oppression/proliberation
values/framework) geared towards immigrant community groups and workers' organizations
 Supervise volunteers and interns to work collaboratively on select community organizing projects
 Participate in select local, state and national anti-trafficking networks
 Limited training and technical assistance to other agencies on the issue of human trafficking
 Work closely with the API Chaya's Leadership Team on strategic development, compliance, and planning to meet API Chaya's stated values, mission, and goals
 Work with API Chaya's Leadership Team to give feedback on select policies/proposed legislation affecting trafficked persons
 Perform other duties in line with Anti-Trafficking Program goals as assigned
Advocacy and Case Management (50%)
 Provide professional and survivor-centered case management for domestic and foreign national victims of human trafficking
 Conduct initial screening and assessment to determine eligibility for API Chaya's Human Trafficking or other programs
 Manage initial intake crisis management, including safety and service planning
 Provide customized ongoing case management, which may include: client accompaniment, advocacy, information and referrals to community service providers (health, mental health,
employment, legal, education, etc.) or law enforcement, etc.
 Maintain regular and accurate records of service and service plans including goals
 Assess the need for and distribute emergency funds and resources to clients
 Collaborate with governmental and nongovernmental partners to provide participant with services in a way that protects their confidentiality and rights
 Identify barriers to services and advocate for higher quality of services with external service organizations including advocating for culturally and linguistically appropriate and traumainformed
 Assist participants in developing skills to increase self sufficiency
 Support participants build professional and social networks to reduce isolation
 Work with other staff to conduct networking and leadership group
for human trafficking survivors
 Maintain accurate and up-to-date case records, databases, detailed statistics, and reporting for
 Participate in regular Survivor Services meetings, one-on-one supervision meetings, and regular Anti-Human Trafficking Team meetings
 Work with API Chaya's Leadership Team to formulate annual Human Trafficking Program goals
 Detail-oriented and focused team-player with superb organizational and communication skills
 In-depth knowledge of human trafficking, labor and employment rights, human rights issues, and gender-based violence
 Familiarity with conditions and issues impacting immigrant and refugee communities
 Demonstrated experience in community organizing within diverse communities
 Degree in social work or related field preferred OR minimum 2 years experience in case management and/or providing direct service provision to clients, preferably in a communitybased organization.
 Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations and/or with individuals who have limited English proficiency.
 Experience working with law enforcement, probation, DSHS, and other government agencies STRONGLY PREFERRED
 Ability to maintain a positive, cooperative, and professional demeanor with participants, partner organizations, volunteers/interns, staff/board, donors, consultants, and members of the public
 Highly organized, flexible, detail-oriented, proficient at multi-tasking and excellent time management skills
 Sincere commitment to working as a member team while also being able to work independently in high-pressure situations when needed.
 Availability to travel throughout the Seattle and Puget Sound area including access to a vehicle, insurance and a valid driver's license
 Ability to travel and work on some evenings and weekends.
 Complete fluency in written and spoken English
 Familiarity with local, regional and state laws, organizations, coalitions, policies and practices regarding domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking
Candidates must have work authorization in the United States. API Chaya is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, disability, ethnicity, age, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or human trafficking encouraged to apply. COMPENSATION Based on experience. Generous personal leave and benefits package including paid vacation, personal holidays, self-care days, sick leave, and health insurance.

How to apply

Applications received by June 20, 2014 will be prioritized. Later applications may be considered if position is not filled. Please send a chronological resume and cover letter explaining: (1) What experience, skills, and personal characteristics qualify you for this position; (2) Why the mission and work of API Chaya appeals to you; and (3) why the Survivor Advocate & Community Organizer position at API Chaya is the desired next step in your career.
Please submit your resume and cover letter with the subject "HT Advocate & Organizer Application" in the subject line.

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