Sex Trafficking Youth Advocate
Job Details
Entry
Community & Family Programs - Portland, OR
Full Time
High School
$18.00 - $21.00 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services
Description

The Sex Trafficking (ST) Youth Advocate at Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) will be working with youth ages 12-25 who have experienced sex trafficking or is at a high risk. In this role the ST youth advocate provides trauma strengths-based and culturally-specific advocacy services to African American youth and to all survivors of sexual violence in a way that is compassionate and effective and adheres to culturally specific practices and culturally responsive services. This position reports to the Anti Domestic & Sexual Violence (ADSV) Program Manager at SEI and New Avenues for Youth to provide confidential-advocacy services, coordination and support for sex-trafficked youth. The 40 hour basic domestic violence and sexual assault training must be completed upon hire. The standard work schedule is 9:00am - 5:00pm with some evenings and weekends. This position is located at the Community and Family Programs (CFP) building located at 2205 NE Columbia Boulevard, Portland, OR 97211.

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Provide strengths-based culturally specific services to African American youth, survivors of sex trafficking, including intersections with domestic violence and sexual assault.
Provide mobile advocacy and crisis intervention at outreach sites in the community to a caseload of youth and young adults,
Conduct trauma-informed assessments and develop Safety Plans (SP) with youth that are experiencing and/or at risk for sex trafficking.
Facilitate the administration of the Safety and Stabilization Assessment and DV STRA (Short Term Rental Assistance) Program.
Work with participants to address their housing barriers, including assisting survivors in creating housing portfolios that increase their housing readiness
Participate in housing case management and follow-up services to participants on an ongoing basis
Assist survivors in gaining economic stability through employment and financial advocacy
Attend courtroom hearings and/or assist with other legal matters, including DHS child welfare, justice system involvement, and such as restraining and stalking orders
Provide linkages/referrals to housing and/or shelter programs; employment/educational services; medical, mental health, and alcohol/drug screening, and advocacy for treatment and counseling; resources for financial empowerment, financial literacy, and/or other culturally/population specific assistance or programs.
Work as part of a cross-agency partner team, including New Avenues for Youth, Call to Safety and Raphael House;
Coordinate services with partner agencies, other social service agencies, and necessary medical facilities (i.e. DVERT, Gateway One-stop Center, DHS, job training, financial planning, etc.).
Connect survivors to SEIs on-going supports including Parent Support Group, Parent Child Development Program, parenting classes or family advocacy resources, and/or other CFP programs and services.
Participate in case consultation sessions
Coordinate and implement group activities with New Day partner team
Facilitate trainings as requested.
Ensure and maintain high level of confidentiality of client identifying information
Keep thorough and up-to-date client records in accordance with SEI and New Day contract file requirements, including necessary data for completion of program evaluation
Attend scheduled Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) training sessions and specific training geared towards professional growth.
Accept other appropriate advocacy duties/responsibilities as assigned by New Day management and SEI management.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts Degree or two years experience working within domestic violence and sexual assault services and/or comparable lived experience.
Demonstrated experience in a social service environment relevant to working with families and children may substitute for some of the minimum education requirements.
40 hour basic domestic violence advocacy training preferred or must get upon hire.
Understanding of strengths-based and trauma-informed services
Knowledge of crisis, cognitive and behavioral interventions; needs assessment and case management experience
Must have effective interpersonal skills.
Must have the ability to successfully motivate and connect with survivors.
Must be highly organized and self-motivated.
Must have excellent documentation skills.
Must have current and valid state drivers license, in good standing with no insurability restrictions and must be insurable under SEIs auto insurance policy.

BENEFITS

100% paid medical/dental for employee, 50% paid for dependents.
401-K Retirement Savings Plan (3% company match)
125 Flexible Spending Plan
4 weeks accrued vacation per year.
Paid life insurance and disability insurance (after waiting period).

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