Own Transportation Required: Yes

Start Date: As soon as possible

Human Trafficking Prevention Advocate (part time 6-month contract position)

Victim Services of Durham Region (VSDR) assists individuals and their families in the immediate aftermath of crime or sudden unexpected tragedy. Operating 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, the only service in the Durham Region providing immediate on-scene crisis, trauma, safety and mental health support services to victims of crime and sudden tragedies. Our programs provide crisis intervention, practical assistance, referrals to a wide range of programs, services and counselling. The immediacy of this service assists in mitigating the harmful effects of trauma on victim(s) and their loved ones.

We are seeking a full time (6-month contract) Human Trafficking Prevention Advocate to co-facilitate prevention workshops to students, educators and school administrators in Durham Region and support our Human Trafficking Crisis Intervention Counsellor(s) administratively. The successful candidate will be required to work varying shifts, including some evenings and weekends. We are seeking an experienced facilitator with a passion for social justice, and public speaking. The ideal candidate will have lived experience of domestic human trafficking and be comfortable sharing their experience publicly.


Service Delivery:

·         Co-facilitate human trafficking prevention workshops to grade 9 students within the 36 high schools in Durham Region and Child Welfare Agencies within Durham Region

·         Liaise with partners including DRPS School Resource Officers

·         Administer measurement tools to evaluate presentations

·         Meet with VSDR’s Human Trafficking Prevention Facilitator to conduct risk assessments with girls/students identified by school officials as being at risk for trafficking

·         Work directly with HT Crisis Intervention Counsellor on VQRP applications (submit and process) and the HT Prevention Facilitator

·         Stay abreast of all relevant resources in Durham to support prevention and intervention of human trafficking

·         Facilitate presentations and workshops on the role of Victim Services and how we support the community when needed

Perform other related duties as assigned

Office Administration:

Deliver VSDR service in Durham Region in accordance with the agency’s mandate, policies, and procedures.
Work cooperatively in a team environment with the VSDR Board of Directors, Executive Director, staff, police and fire services, volunteers and community representatives.
Maintain strict client confidentiality as per agency policy and procedures.
Document and maintain statistics and reports as required.
Required Qualifications

Minimum one year of experience in public speaking and youth engagement with specific focus on gender-based violence
Extremely comfortable and confident speaking publically about sexual health
Demonstrated ability to engage various audiences
Understanding of harm reduction and sex-positive perspective
An awareness of how sexual exploitation, addiction, mental health and poverty impact victims/survivors
Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
Understanding of victims’ issues, the criminal justice system, and the not-for-profit sector.
The successful candidate must be able to work early mornings, occasional evenings and can travel across the region.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, particularly Prezi
Successful completion of a detailed criminal background check
Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and car insurance
Lived-experience with human trafficking is preferred
Core Competencies:

Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Initiative and commitment to continuous learning
Established a high degree of good judgment, professional manner, empathy, and strong understanding and application of principles
Acceptance and use of constructive criticism for personal and professional growth
Ability to work cooperatively with other professionals and community
Capacity to work positively in a team environment
Demonstrated high degree of initiative, judgment, flexibility and problem-solving ability
Knowledge of trauma-informed care
Knowledge of services provided in the community and governmental agencies
Ability to interpret and effectively manage multiple competing priorities and deadlines
Excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task while maintaining a high level of accuracy
Excellent working knowledge of MS Office
Working Relationships:

• Works under supervision of the Human Trafficking Prevention Facilitator and the Clinical Director

• Will work with and support colleagues, including placement students and volunteers to complete tasks

• The position interacts with staff, directors, volunteers, the general public, partner organizations, corporate partners, and other organizations

Working Conditions:

Shift hours 9am-5pm Evening and weekend shifts as required
A valid Ontario’s driver’s license, insurance and a reliable vehicle is required to fulfill the requirements of this position.
Mentally and physically able to perform all tasks assigned
Successful completion of a detailed criminal background check
All responsibilities will be performed in keeping with the trauma-informed philosophical framework set out in the Mandate and Values of Victim Services of Durham Region
Posting Details:

Send resume and cover letter to kyama@drps.ca before July 13, 2020

Successful application start date: As soon as possible

No phone calls please, only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview.


*** All offers of employment are subject to a Criminal Records Check satisfactory to the employer. Prior to making an offer of employment to a candidate, references will be verified and must be acceptable to VSDR. A comprehensive background check will include a police/criminal check, personal history evaluation, financial credit check, education check, license and insurance verification, as well as a home visit may be required. Reference and background checks may not be limited to these and will be approved by the Organization.***


In accordance with the agency’s employment equity plan we are particularly interested in encouraging qualified applicants from all communities that reflect the diversity of the clients we serve. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free.  We ask applicants to make any accommodation requests when contacted for an interview.  The agency assesses all candidates in a fair and equitable manner.


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