promoting employment opportunities for survivors of trafficking

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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


The PEOST Project is closely monitoring the impact COVID-19 is having on the economy and employment opportunities available to survivors of human trafficking. This page will be continually updated with new information and resources to support the safety and economic security of survivors as they become available.


Helping Survivors Navigate Online Education and Training Opportunities

Futures Without Violence’s Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking (PEOST) project has created a new tool for advocates to use to support survivors as they explore online learning 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 

The workforce development system and its network of education, training and employment service providers provides a critical pathway to economic opportunities for survivors. This factsheet outlines how trauma can impacts 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.

Webinar Recordings & Power Points:

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

Project ACCESS (Advancing Career Counseling and Employment Support for Survivors)

Navigate Your Career Curriculum

Economic Action Program (REAP)



National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)’s Confidentiality Toolkit


Cross-Sector Collaboration

Collaborating to Help Trafficking Survivors: Emerging Issues and Practice Pointers

Forging New Collaborations: A Guide for Rape Crisis, Domestic Violence, and Disability Organizations 


Education and Job Training Resources

Adult Basic Education and ESOL Program Finder

Apprenticeship Program Finder

Guide to Learning about Local Workforce Systems.

Human Trafficking Task Force E-Guide: Education & Job Training/Placement

WIOA-Eligible Training Program Finder 

Workforce System Blueprints 


Trauma-Informed Services

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

Delivering Trauma-Informed Care in an Employment Context 

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 57. Chapter 3, Understanding the Impact of Trauma 

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Employment Support: Tools for Practice

Resources Specific to Victims of Human Trafficking

Trauma-Informed Practices for Postsecondary Education: A Guide