ODEP's Work Supporting Survivors on the Job

Fund Employment Specialists at Anti-Trafficking Programs

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Often times seeking employment support through ODEP's programs is re-traumatizing for sex and labor survivors who often need additional support in seeking employment due to trauma, a history of abuse, safety concerns, or lack of employment experience different from others who commonly seeks assistance from these programs. Instead of trying to coordinate programs within ODEP, ODEP should pilot funding employment specialists at Anti-Trafficking organizations. Then referrals for employment support in that area can go to an Anti-Trafficking employment expert who sits in the Anti-Trafficking program that will already be developed to meet specialized needs of human trafficking survivors. Additionally, this person will also be closely connected to ODEP's programs and can leverage these complex resources in the service area.

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Idea No. 97