Project TEAM Survivor-Mentor

Position: Survivor Mentor

Role: Public health outreach to current and potential male and LGBTQ+ victims of human trafficking (labor and commercial sexual exploitation)

Job Type: Full-time

Program: Project TEAM (Trafficking & Exploitation. Advancing the Movement)

Organization: Ark of Freedom Alliance

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Send resume and cover letter to careers@aofalliance.org, with subject-line, “Survivor Mentor”

Overview of Position:

The Project TEAM Survivor-Mentor serves as the lead outreach specialist of a dedicated and highly-skilled regional team that utilizes both a public health approach and a 24/7 crisis response model to identify, engage, and assist current and potential black, brown, Native American and other male-identifying and LGBQT+ victims of human trafficking, labor and/or commercial sexual exploitation across Broward and Miami-Dade Counties of South Florida.

The Survivor Mentor is a survivor of human trafficking who serves as an outreach coordinator[SF4] and peer mentor to young people, ages[SF5] victimized by exploitation in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. This work involves outreach engagement, screening, brief intervention, and support for the immediate and ongoing health and safety of human trafficking victims.

A public health approach recognizes the intersectionality between substance abuse, homelessness, mental health challenges, incarceration, poverty and food insecurity, and human trafficking. As such, outreach teams engage youth challenged with these issues and build rapport by meeting those needs through screening, brief intervention, and referral to services as well as the provision of immediate basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter referrals.

The Survivor-Mentor, who leverages their own lived experience with exploitation, serves as the primary interventionist and peer recovery specialist to identified victims, providing immediate intervention and support once a victim is identified. Because of the shared lived experiences of the Survivor-Mentor and the survivor, this position engages peers in collaborative and caring ways that enhance the opportunity for the victim to establish a unique bond with someone they can trust.

The Survivor-Mentor and co-develops the assessment of the young person’s needs in partnership with the case management team to create and implement a trauma-focused, recovery-recovery-oriented plan individualized to the survivor’s needs for crisis intervention, recovery services, activation, and support. The position requires engaging client participation in services, screening, and assessment during outreach; safety and services planning; service/support/resource acquisition and coordination; mentoring and skill building; progress monitoring and evaluation; transition to independence; and follow-up.

Primary Functions:

  • Engages at-risk youth in collaborative and engaging relationships

  • Initiates contact with at-risk youth to age 24 through online and community-based outreach including but not limited to correctional facilities, court diversion programs, streets, underground, nightclubs, tracks know for survival sex, migrant communities, day labor sites, homeless encampments, areas around detox facilities, treatment centers and sober homes, emergency rooms, community health clinics, schools and community-based programs

  • Provides high quality outreach and crisis intervention trafficking victims/survivors

  • Accompanies local law enforcement and other first responders to onsite calls involving victims/survivors of labor trafficking and sexual exploitation

  • Conducts screenings including SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment), QYIT, CSE-IT, ACF HTST and others as deemed appropriate

  • Provides support for immediate health and safety, considering and responding to life needs (housing, food, clothing, medications, medical issues, other personal necessities, etc..

  • Accompanies victims/survivors to medical exams, court proceedings, and required appointments as needed

  • Makes appropriate referrals to other agencies or services

  • Assists with eligibility determination and enrollment in case management services

  • Completes documentation of intervention as required by grants, courts, and referral sources

  • Provides day-to-day mobile direct and peer supports wherever the victim/survivor (and family, when appropriate) is based on identified needs

  • Provides support in educating stakeholders (professionals, direct services team members, volunteers, etc.) about sexual exploitation and labor trafficking to ensure a coordinated, immediate, and appropriate response that meets of victim/survivor needs

  • Performs other duties and assumes other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

  • Provide group and one-on-one support and mentoring to clients who have experienced being sex trafficked and labor trafficked. This support will include weekly, biweekly and or monthly meetings (depending on where the client is in their recovery).

  • Within the group/individual setting, initiate relationships to enhance opportunities for success, helping to expand mentees’ ranges of experiences through open communication and discussions.

  • Is available to encourage and support mentee’s social, emotional, and cognitive growth

  • Assists in guiding mentee in developing problem-solving skills, seeking supervisory guidance if sensitive topic arises

  • Provides written documentation of each contact with your assigned mentee (group or individual) using Ark of Freedom Alliance-designated reporting format and data collection forms[SF10]

  • Works collaboratively with the Ark of Freedom staff in developing appropriate support services, education, outreach, safety, and goal development[SF11]

  • Attend case reviews and trainings as needed

  • When appropriate, involves family members in the mentee/mentor relationship and works to support family unit.

RELEVANT SKILLS & EXPERIENCES:

  • A personal interest in and commitment to working with males and LGBTQ+ victims of exploitation and abuse with a particular focus on black, brown and Native American youth

  • Personal experience overcoming any of the following challenges is considered unique and valuable expertise: substance dependence, mental health challenges, incarceration, survival sex, homelessness, transphobia, homophobia and/or racist discrimination is considered unique and valuable expertise

  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team player

  • Positive attitude and belief in the hope of an individual’s recovery from complex trauma

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS

  • Supports Ark of Freedom Alliance programs and events

  • Support Matthew’s House program

  • Community engagement at collective-impact, coalition, task force and other convenings as Ark of Freedom Alliance’s Lived Experience Expert

OTHER DUTIES

This job description is not intended to contain a comprehensive listing of the duties and responsibilities that are required of the employee who fills this position. Duties and responsibilities may be adjusted at any time to best fit the needs of the organization.

RELEVANT SKILLS & EXPERIENCES:

  • A personal interest in, and commitment to, working with males and LGBTQ+ victims of exploitation and abuse.

  • Personal experience overcoming substance dependence, mental health challenges, incarceration, survival sex, homeless, transphobia, homophobia and/or racist discrimination is are considered unique and valuable expertise

  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team player

  • Positive attitude and belief in the hope of an individual’s recovery from commercial sexual exploitation.

EXPECTED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to assess trauma and recovery and identify the unique and individualized needs of a commercially sexually exploited or trafficked victim

  • Ability to work with the Matthew’s House outreach and case management team in a peer-to-peer environment while leading the development of a survivors’ individualized Empowerment Plan

  • Knowledge of Florida anti-trafficking legislation

  • Knowledge of resources available to victims/survivors in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; or demonstrated ability to develop resource networks, including outside of South Florida

  • Experience navigating the criminal justice, education, child welfare systems, behavioral, public and medica health systems

  • Experience in emergency response and crisis management

  • Availability to work flexible hours and days and has ability to be on call 24/7 when requested.

  • Team player, flexible and nonjudgmental.

  • Committed to the experiences of vulnerable communities, individuals and families.

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Understanding of toxic masculinity, transphobia, xenophobia, homophobia and gender-bias towards males, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks, and willingness to grow in knowledge in these areas

  • Receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embraces reflective practice

  • Brings possible solutions when presenting obstacles or challenges to supervisor

  • Collaborative DNA - Seeks input and buy-in from consumers, colleagues, and external partners, as appropriate

  • Knowledge of the impact and dynamics of sexual and labor exploitation on young people

  • Knowledge of the nexus between public health and exploitation

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Survivor of complex trauma with a minimum 2 years of sustained recovery

  • Detailed experienced-based understanding of the common impacts of commercial sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and labor trafficking on youth and young adults

  • Bilingual – English and Spanish or English and Haitian Creole highly preferred

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This position may supervise volunteer interns.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This position operates in multiple environments, including but not limited to locked detention facilities, schools, workplace settings, the underground and community sites with varied levels of accessibility. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones and transports supplies such food, clothing, event presentation materials and other as needed.

POSITION TYPE/EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK

This is a full-time position and requires a regular on-call rotation responding to the 24/7 access line. While on-call, the individual filling this position must be able to respond on-site to crisis situations at any hour of the day. In addition, the nature of the work often requires employee engagement outside of traditional office hours, even when the individual employee is not on call.

TRAVEL

This position requires daily travel throughout South Florida, mainly Broward and Miami-Dade and surrounding counties and occasional travel throughout the state of Florida. A valid driver license and access to vehicle is required.

WORK AUTHORIZATION/SCREENING REQUIREMENTS

Ark of Freedom Alliance, AFA, participates in E-Verify. Upon offer and acceptance of employment, AFA will provide the federal government with the hired individual’s Form I-9 information to confirm that the individual is authorized to work in the U.S.

The employee who fills this position is required to complete fingerprint-based AHCA Clearinghouse background screenings for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (Caretaker) and the Florida Department of Children and Families (Mental Health.)

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

Ark of Freedom Alliance is committed to building a diverse staff that reflects the populations served by its programs. We strongly encourage applications from qualified male-identifying individuals of color and qualified individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming.

Ark of Freedom Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law. Ark of Freedom Alliance complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.