Human Trafficking Victim Advocate
Full-Time (40 hours/week), Hourly, Non-Exempt.
Verity, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
For over 42 years, Verity has provided programs and services that form a critical continuum of compassion, safety and support. Our dedication to the people we serve is unparalleled. We have an exciting future, and the team to deliver on that lasting change for the people we serve. To encourage survivor self-determination, services are delivered through a strengths-based, non-judgmental and trauma-informed lens that aligns with our mission. Be a key part of shaping this future as our Human Trafficking Victim Advocate in our Intervention Department.
Position Specific Overview:
Reporting to the Crisis Intervention Manager, the Human Trafficking (HT) Victim Advocate provides direct advocacy, case management, crisis counseling, and community referrals to individuals impacted by human trafficking. This position supports all activities related to case coordination and program operations, including but not limited to, In-Person (CSEC or SART) response, survivor accompaniment throughout all stages of the legal and/or immigration process, accompaniment and advocacy with social services, court, and local law enforcement. The HT Victim Advocate works closely other community partners to coordinate advocacy services. The HT Victim Advocate will serve on committees and workgroups related to human trafficking. The HT Victim Advocate must provide confidential services, informing survivors and their families of their legal rights and options and supporting them in their choices throughout the case management process. The HT Victim Advocate also provides a considerable amount of community education to raise awareness about human trafficking and related issues here in Sonoma County.
We are seeking a compassionate, organized, and reliable individual with a high level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Essential to this role is a demonstrated understanding of what human trafficking is, and an ability working with culturally and economically diverse individuals and families and to work with those who are severely impacted by trauma; a demonstrated ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and to respond appropriately to unexpected situations.
Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills to work independently and remotely. Additionally, an ideal candidate will possess knowledge of and sensitivity to human trafficking issues, trauma, gender equity and client-centered service provision.
Ideally, the candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree in a social services field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The key to success in this role is the ability to be present in a changing work environment and the capacity to make decisions appropriately.
An effective Human Trafficking Victim Advocate will prioritize effectively and model healthy boundaries with empathy and compassion. Candidates should be competent in using Microsoft Office and Google applications and have experience in confidential data management and record keeping. The ideal candidate is a warm, self-starter deeply committed to providing services from a strengths-based, social justice and anti-oppression framework.
Prior advocacy-based counseling and case management experience is a huge plus. Bilingual, bi-cultural and bi-literate skills are strongly encouraged.
Work hours are primarily 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Delivery of service may include overtime to accomplish task at hand. On-call duties are also required on occasion.
Crisis Intervention/Accompaniment/Advocacy Services:
• Provide in-person and telephone crisis intervention for FJCSC clients
• Coordinate and provide medical/legal accompaniment services to victims
• Support victims through the investigative and criminal justice systems by providing case status information, explaining investigative and prosecution processes, and accompanying victims to interviews, pretext phone calls, medical exams, court and hearings
• Provide follow up & ongoing advocacy services via phone and in person to victims via case management as delineated in case notes/client plan
• Assist clients with referrals for counseling, advocacy services, and connections to legal services (i.e. restraining orders)
• Attend case review meetings as needed
• Outreach to Sonoma County schools and other community partners to provide sexual violence prevention education related to human trafficking
• Work with Day Labor Centers to explain U- and T-visa processes to workers and families related to human trafficking
• Provide information about the signs of human trafficking to various hotels and motels
• Train other services providers about what to look for and how to interact with trafficking victims
• Speak on panels and in classrooms throughout Sonoma County about human trafficking
• Attend meetings at Verity and other agencies as a collaborative partner, as required
• Work as a team player, collaborating effectively with other staff members
• Accurate and timely program reports for funding entities
• Collect, maintain and input accurate confidential client information into Verity’s database systems
• Adhere to all Verity personnel policies and protocols
• Additional duties and responsibilities as required by Executive Director or supervisor to facilitate the overall effective operation of Verity
Hours and Pay:
The Human Trafficking Victim Advocate is a full-time, nonexempt, hourly position.
The starting pay is $18.22 an hour for the 90 probation period; after probation is over, the pay will increase to $18.72 an hour. Medical benefits will be available after completion of the 90 day probation period.
Cleared background check and fingerprinting
Valid California driver’s license and auto insurance
Must have completed (or be willing to complete) California State Sexual Assault Counselor certification. Verity will provide this training.
APPLICATIONS must include all of the following three items:
1. Cover Letter
3. Completed Verity job application form. This form is available to be downloaded here.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 7th at 4:59PM. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
These materials may be provided to our Communications Coordinator, Caitlin Quinn
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by fax: (707) 545-8136
or by mail:
Caitlin Quinn c/o Verity
835 Piner Road, Suite D
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Verity is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without discrimination. We are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color, differently-abled people, and LGBT persons are strongly encouraged to apply.