Introducing an intensive “Career Academy” giving survivors of human trafficking comprehensive training, support, mentoring and professional development opportunities.
While there are many notable organizations and campaigns focused on the issue of human trafficking (a crime affecting some 35M victims globally and generating $150B in illegal profits annually), our initial research, including conversations with survivors themselves, suggests that few organizations have the capacity or expertise to meaningfully assist survivors to move into satisfying, long term professional careers. At the 2014 Trust Women Conference, Evelyn Chumbow, a survivor of human trafficking, passionately declared ‘We don’t need your compassion. We need jobs.’ This was the catalyst to the Jobs for Survivors Action to be launched at the 2015 Trust Women Conference.
Trust Women, Baker & McKenzie, Dress for Success and The ICE Foundation are bringing together expertise and resources from the public and private sectors to tackle this problem. We propose working with a diverse group of corporates, non-profit organizations, trafficking experts and survivors to develop an intensive “Career Academy” that will give survivors of human trafficking comprehensive training, support, mentoring and professional development opportunities to enable them to embark upon successful professional careers and fulfil their potential. The Academy will initially work with a small number of highly motivated survivors to address - in a holistic, 360º fashion - the range of obstacles they face in moving onto a professional career track.
What help is needed
Corporates are invited to join us in realizing this ambitious Action. Ideally, corporate partners joining this effort would commit some or all of the following:
- Provide a paid 6-12 month internship / placement for at least one participant in the Academy, with appropriate supervision;
- Provide a one-on-one mentor(s) to work with and support their intern(s);
- Design and host at least one skills development workshop aimed at addressing barriers to employment, career advancement and/or financial literacy for survivors in the program;
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