Survivor Strategies to Generate Income: Opportunities through Independent Contracting

Title: Survivor Strategies to Generate Income: Opportunities through Independent Contracting

Date: January 21, 2020 2:00 -3:00 PM EST


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Webinar Description:

Securing employment that provides economically secure wages can be a significant challenge for individuals who face obstacles to employment due to a lack of credentials, a criminal record, or care taking responsibilities. When job local opportunities are out of reach, how can survivors generate income? Working as an independent contractor may be an option. 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.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this webinar, participants will better be able to:

  • Describe independent contracting and the range of work it may encompass
  • Help survivor explore opportunities to pursue independent contracting including finding work, writing proposals, contracts and invoicing, taxes, and navigating safety
  • Connect survivors to resources and communities for independent workers



Iliana G. Perez is the Director of Research & Entrepreneurship at Immigrants Rising. Iliana holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Fresno State, a M.A. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University and recently completed a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Evaluation and Reform, also from Claremont Graduate University. Her research focuses on immigrant entrepreneurs, the occupational and educational attainment of immigrant students, the effects of deportation on the lives of young adults, and economics of immigration.

Aurelie Drouet is the Partnerships & Business Development Associate at SamaSchool, a nonprofit that equips people to benefit from independent work and advocates for an economy in which all workers thrive. She helps the organization develop its national presence and creates partnerships with local governments, nonprofits, and community colleges. Hailing from France and with expertise in driving revenue growth for companies in the US and Latin America, Aurelie’s expertise spans several countries. She previously led Strategic Partnerships at Dreem.


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This project is supported by Grant No. 2017-VT-BX-K001, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.