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Anti Human Trafficking Victim Advocate - English/Spanish

Title: Anti-Human Trafficking Victim Advocate
Department: Bakhita Empowerment Program (Anti-Human Trafficking)
Hours Worked: 37.5 hours/week

Reports to:  Anti Human Trafficking Program Administrator

Supervises:  None

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Location:  Riviera Beach, FL

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide an immediate response to the needs of human trafficking victims in Palm Beach County by responding to calls from the local hotline number. (20%)
  • Conduct human trafficking screenings to determine eligibility for services.  (10%)
  • Assess the immediate needs of victims, and coordinate services accordingly. (23%)
  • Network with partner agencies to refer services and collaborate with Catholic Charities programs in the provision of victim services (15%)
  • Support the human trafficking client through the investigative and prosecutorial process by providing emotional support, accompaniment, and transportation to meetings/interviews. (25%)
  • Represent Catholic Charities on the Human Trafficking Task Force. (2%)
  • Attend PBC Human Trafficking Coalition meetings. (5%)

Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three or more years of experience in providing direct social services to victims of violence and/or trauma, preferably to survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and/or torture.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills are required
  • Must be bilingual English/Spanish
  • Ability to function as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of community social service resources and local job market
  • Computer skills. MS office and database management.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with applicants, service providers, co-workers and supervisors.
  • Common sense and good judgment in handling day-to-day matters without direct supervision.
  • Ability to forge mutually respectful partnerships with supervisor, co-workers, and clients with an understanding and sensitivity to cultural differences. This sensitivity includes, but is not limited to, characteristics of specific cultural and ethnic groups, religious, various socio-economic groups and those living alternative lifestyles.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, and make decisions with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to follow directions and instructions from a supervisor.
  • Organized, self-starter, punctual, honest, courteous, and self-controlled.
  • Knowledge and support of Catholic Social teaching.
  • Florida driver’s license and excellent driving record.
  • Professional telephone manner, interpersonal skills, and the ability to respect confidentiality. Exercise discretion and good business judgment.
  • Ability to work effectively with Diocesan employees, pastors, departments heads, representatives of other agencies, and the general public.
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently, makes responsible judgment calls, and work with others in a team setting.
  • Ability to work irregular hours, willingness to travel throughout the Diocese of Palm Beach to fulfill job requirements, and willingness to respond to emergency situations without notice.
  • Must have a valid Florida driver’s license, excellent driving record, and vehicle.
  • Familiarity with various aspects of the legal system.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations.
  • Understand and practice a trauma-informed response. 
  • Must have prior victim service experience.

Physical and Environmental Requirements:

  • Occasional light lifting and carrying of under 15 pounds, moderate carrying and lifting of 15 – 44 pounds
  • and frequent use of both hands and fingers (i.e. typing).
  • Occasional ability of minimal hearing (i.e. driving) and routine hearing (i.e. listening to others in conversation).
  • Work requires specific visual abilities including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
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