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promoting employment opportunities for survivors of trafficking

The Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking (PEOST) Training and Technical Assistance Project, in cooperation with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), aims to increase access to quality educational and employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. In partnership with a working group of experts with both lived and professional experience, training and technical assistance is provided to victim service providers, with a special emphasis on current OVC human trafficking grantees, as well as workforce development programs in order to:

  • Develop and/or strengthen partnerships between and among victim service providers, local workforce development, and educational service providers; and
  • Build the capacity of victim service providers and workforce development programs to enhance services in order to promote greater access to quality employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking.

To request technical assistance in building a partnership in your community, please contact peost@futureswithoutviolence.org.

Read more about the PEOST Project here.


UPCOMING EVENTS

The Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking Institute 
Futures Without Violence, in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is excited to offer a five-week synchronous and asynchronous online workshop series to support the development of local partnerships between or among human trafficking direct service providers, workforce development organizations, vocational training providers, and educational institutions designed to improve access to quality employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking.
As a result of this institute, participants will better be able to:
  • Build multi-disciplinary partnerships between and among workforce development programs, victim service providers, and educational services providers in order to expand and improve employment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking.
  • Recognize challenges faced by survivors of trafficking to accessing and retaining quality job opportunities and develop promising practices to address those challenges.
  • Create opportunities for survivors of human trafficking to explore and define their immediate employment needs as well as aspirational career goals.
  • Incorporate knowledge about trauma and potential avenues for healing into workforce development approaches and strategies.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 8, 2022

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Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/73G1bqK7sC 


OFFICE HOURS

Join PEOST for monthly office hours to learn more about FUTURES and the Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking Project. This environment is ideal for networking with others, peer learning, collective review of key strategies and resources, and receiving group feedback/technical assistance. Sign up here.

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Project Resources

NEW: Five Tiers of Economic Empowerment

This new guide illustrates five critical elements of economic empowerment programming that are needed to facilitate access to well-rounded workforce development opportunities for survivors of human trafficking.

NEW: Supporting the Education and Employment Needs of Survivors with Criminal Records
This new tool, developed in partnership with Freedom Network’s Survivor Reentry Project, offers strategies advocates can explore to help address the obstacles criminal records present to employment opportunities.

NEW: Pathway to Freedom: How Twelve Organizations are Driving Economic Empowerment through Survivor Entrepreneurship
This new report from Restore NYC outlines a set of best practices for programs that seek to promote entrepreneurship for survivors of trafficking, and individuals with intersecting vulnerabilities.

NEW: Partnership and Pathways to Economic Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking
This guide shares a detailed process of forming a collaboration and partnership between victim services agencies and workforce development or education programs, and provides relevant examples, cases, and resources to promote success.

Obstacles and Opportunities: Improving Survivors’ Access to Education, Training, and Jobs
This report outlines common obstacles survivors face when seeking education, training, and employment and explores strategies to strengthen services for survivors through trauma-informed policies and practices, cross-sector collaboration, and policy change.

Guiding Principles to Inform Economic Empowerment Programing for Survivors of Human Trafficking
This resource provides a brief overview of economic empowerment programs – including financial literacy and capability programs, employment support services, and assist building programs – and outlines promising practices for fostering greater economic empowerment and security for survivors.

Helping Survivors Navigate Online Education and Training Opportunities
This 10-point guide walks through some basic questions to consider when evaluating online training courses and determining which program best meets the needs of job seekers.

Trauma Responsiveness in an Integrated Workforce Service Delivery System
This factsheet outlines how violence and trauma can impact an individual’s success within education and employment opportunities and outlines steps workforce programs to implement trauma-responsive practices that can ensure equity for all students and job seekers.

How Organizations Can Build Resilience into Education and Career Pathways
This blog post describes how workforce development programs can incorporate the six principles of trauma-informed practices – Safety, Transparency and Trust; Collaboration and Mutuality; Peer Support; Empowerment, Voice and Choice; and Gender, Culture and Historical Issues – into program design and administration.

Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): A Primer
This short guide is designed to demystify the workforce development system, identify what education and training opportunities there are through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, and how to survivors can access these services.


Webinar Resources and PowerPoints

Future of Work: Sustainable Career Development for Youth Survivors (4.27.2022)
This workshop explores practical and accessible tools for supporting the work readiness and career development of youth survivors. Expertise from DOL WIOA + Youth Collaboratory and Covenant House New Jersey will help participants explore how to utilize collaboration with the workforce development system to connect youth survivors to education and employment opportunities. The primary audience for this session is victim-service provider agencies.

Beyond The Record: Addressing Legal & Employment Barriers for Justice-Involved Survivors (1.26.2022)

This panel of experts from Free to Thrive, Freedom Network, and Casa Cornelia Law Center explores the barriers justice-involved survivors face on their journey towards economic empowerment and long-term well-being. Experts will share their insight on the comprehensive legal needs of survivors, key strategies for supporting these needs, and community resources that can help.

Improving Employment Opportunities through Collaborations: Best Practices (1.12.2022)

To help build strong and mutually beneficial collaborations between victim service agencies and workforce development program, Futures Without Violence has developed an interactive guide to demonstrate why these collaborations are fundamental to survivor safety, economic stability, and healing and how to build successful partnerships. This webinar introduces the guide and the various components of collaboration from partnership development, to types of partnership models, to foundational collaboration principles, and securing long-term funding.

Practical Tools for Supporting Survivors’ Mental Health in the Workplace (Part 2) (5.27.2021)
In partnership with FUTURES’ Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence team, part 2 in this series on mental health impacts in the workplace focuses on what employers can do to build a more inclusive and resilient workplace for survivors.

Practical Tools for Supporting Survivors’ Mental Health in the Workplace (Part 1) (5.12.2021)
This webinar discusses how the impact of burnout and trauma affects survivors’ retention in the workplace and offers practical steps advocates can do to better prepare survivors for successful employment.

Creating Trauma-Responsive Programs: The Building Blocks for Success  (12.9.2020)
This webinar describes the key principles of trauma-informed practices and share practical steps workforce development programs can take to integrated a trauma-informed lens to advance the well-being and success of young people.

Building Pathways to Education and Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking (11.19.20)
This webinar, in partnership with Preventing Child Abuse and Trafficking (PACT) Project of the Child and Family Policy Institute of California and Fresno Economic Opportunities (EOC), introduces the range of job training programs and career development services encompassed in the workforce development system, shares how victim service programs can best to prepare survivors for job training and employment success, and describes how to build cross-sector collaborations between victim service providers and workforce development programs to improve education, training, and employment opportunities for survivors.

Survivor Strategies to Generate Income: Opportunities through Independent Contracting (1.21.20)
Working as an independent contract can allow survivors to utilize their skills, build their confidence as well as a resume, provide flexibility and control, and perhaps even lead to the development of their own small business. This webinar will introduce independent contracting, key considerations for those pursuing contracting, and resources to help survivors safely navigate these employment opportunities.

Information Session: Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking Institute  (9.10.19)
This webinar describes the Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking (PEOST) Institute goals, application process, and participation requirements for potential applicants.

Building Sustainable Partnerships Between Human Trafficking Services and Workforce Development Programs (8.28.19)
This webinar will focus overcoming common challenges when building cross-sector collaborations between victim service providers and workforce development programs to help foster a strong foundation that mutually benefits collaborating agencies and survivors of human trafficking.

Job Training and Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (07.30.19)
This webinar features a presentation from Workforce Analyst, Charlotte Harris, from  the Office of Workforce Investment at the Employment & Training Administration (ETA) about  job training programs and career development services offered through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, how to prepare survivors for job training and employment success, and how victim service providers can partner with local workforce development agencies.

Human Trafficking and Its Impacts on Employment (06.26.19)
Human trafficking has profound impacts on an individual’s ability to obtain employment and thrive. Perla Flores, Community Solutions & South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, and FUTURES’ Sarah Gonzalez, discuss the obstacles to employment and opportunities to improve access to quality jobs.

Building Skills and Obtaining Employment: Understanding Opportunities and Resources Available through Local Workforce Systems (05.22.2019)
This webinar features experts from the Urban Institutes who provide an introduction to the functions, people served, organizations involved, and key activities that make up local workforce systems.

Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking (04.11.2019)
This webinar introduces the PEOST Project and the training and technical assistance resources that will be developed over the course of the project.


Other Resources:

Career Empowerment Curricula

Confidentiality

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Education and Job Training Resources

Trauma-Informed Services