Friday, August 08, 2008

Trafficking Victims Services Program Assistant Vacancy in Buffalo, NY

The International Institute of Buffalo is looking for a Human Trafficking Victim Services Program Assistant

Our Human Trafficking Victim Services department is working to grow and solidify comprehensive support services for recently rescued or escaped victims of human trafficking. In order to help meet this growing need, they are looking to hire a Program Assistant. This is an Americorps VISTA position.

Job Duties include:

Program Development: Assist in growing a system within each of the 8 counties that provides a seamless flow of services for victims of human trafficking including medical, legal, mental health, housing, education and safety planning assistance. Minimal direct client service responsibilities will be involved to accurately assess program needs.

Volunteer Recruitment/Management: Coordinate training and support for volunteers who provide housing, interpretation, and/or transportation to trafficking clients.

Resource Development & Fund-raising: Conduct community-based outreach for solicitation and distribution of funds and or items to support client household and personal care needs.

Grant Writing & Reporting: Assist in federal and state grant writing and reporting for TVSP.
Recommended Skills

The Program Assistant should possess the following skills:

1. Flexibility
2. Initiative
3. Ability to multi-task and thrive in a crisis-oriented organization
4. Demonstrated passion for working to end specific injustices that foreign-born trafficking victims encounter including poverty, racism, sexism, and class-ism.
5. Excellent oral and written communication skills
6. Experience as both an independent and team worker
7. Excellent interpersonal skills
8. Ease in working with and for individuals from various cultures
9. Access to personal vehicle

To apply, contact Lissa Piper at Americorps VISTA -

I have worked for this organization in the past. In fact, my time with the IIB was what initially brought my attention to the problem of human trafficking and it was where I was able to connect with international professionals in the field before beginning my research in Ukraine. IIB was a great pleasure to work for, and my colleagues were passionate and skilled. This is a terrific opportunity to work for an organization that contributes a great deal of time, effort and results to the field of counter trafficking.

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