RIC-AAU provides victim services to survivors of all forms of human trafficking. The position of Youth Specialist is specifically housed within the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) program’s services targeting U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident survivors of trafficking. The Youth Specialist is responsible for assisting and being an advocate for youth human trafficking clients (through age 22). They serve as a trusted source of information and resources for clients. The Specialist assists victims of human trafficking in achieving their goals, which may include increased autonomy and self-sufficiency, and increased feelings of safety and well-being.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate with state agencies and youth-serving organizations to develop and support systems to serve minor and youth survivors of human trafficking.
- Work closely with state agencies and outreach partners to identify and engage youth at high risk of current, previous, or future human trafficking victimization.
- Carry a caseload of youth survivors of trafficking; build strong case management relationships with clients with a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach.
- Work with clients to assess their needs and strengths by taking a victim-centered approach to identifying the most pressing client needs.
- Help clients set their own goals by developing individualized service plans, and giving survivors the opportunity to make informed decisions about the support they need in order to accomplish their goals.
- Connect clients to community resources and work in collaboration with community service providers to expedite services for clients, and to provide insight to victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches to dealing with clients of human trafficking.
- Monitor services by routinely checking in and meeting with clients to make sure the plan of action is effective.
- Perform other duties as identified and assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or a related field, or equivalent experience
- Minimum 2 years’ experience working with vulnerable populations; direct case management experience and understanding of child welfare system preferred
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to handle multiple competing priorities
- Must demonstrate empathy and utilize trauma-informed, victim-centered approaches to services
- Must complete background check
This is a full-time position, 40 hours/week, funded under a 3-year federal project to serve domestic victims of human trafficking.
The Youth Specialist is directly supervised by the TIP Program Coordinator.
Salary range: $14.50-$16.50/hour, depending on experience.