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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 lived and professional experience, training and technical assistance will be provided to will be provided to victim service providers, with a special emphasis on current OVC human trafficking grantees, in order to:

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

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


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Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking Institute

Futures Without Violence, through a grant from, and in partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is pleased to offer a two-day interactive training experience focused on building effective collaborations between and among victim service providers, workforce development programs, and educational institutions to improve employment opportunities and economic outcomes 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.
Dates: November 6-7, 2019
Location: 
Baltimore, MD
Application Deadline: 
October 1, 2019
Who May Attend? Participants must register in teams of 3-5 members representing victim service, workforce development, and other relevant community stakeholders. Teams MUST include at least one victim service provider and one workforce development service provider (such as an educational institution or program, job training or apprenticeship program, worker center, or an employer). Priority will be given to OVC human trafficking grantees. Teams should identify a lead applicant to submit this application for the team as a whole.

 

PEOST Project Factsheets & Guides:

Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking (PEOST) Training and Technical Assistance Project Description
Learn more about the range of training and technical assistance opportunities available through the PEOST Project.

Opportunities for Survivors of Human Trafficking Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): A Primer
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is landmark legislation designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help workers – particularly adults and youth with significant barriers to employment, such as limited education or work experience, criminal records, or disabilities – get into quality occupations and careers.

 

Webinar Recordings & Power Points:

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)

 

Confidentiality

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