Minor Anti-Trafficking Caseworker
IRC Background: The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
Job Summary: The Minors Anti-Trafficking (MAT) caseworker is responsible for working as part of the Aiding and Empowering Child Survivors (AECS) project team, and is a role requiring both expertise working with minors who have experienced trauma and abuse and the ability to elevate the state conversation on child labor and trafficking. Along with providing direct case management services to minor victims of labor trafficking (MVOLT) and their families, the MAT caseworker will take a leading role in shaping this new program and will be leading on designing systems and structure for case management services. The MAT caseworker will act as the lead for coordination of services through a multidisciplinary team, ensuring a Systems of Care approach. This position reports to the Anti-Trafficking Manager.
•Maintain up to date knowledge and understanding of human trafficking and child labor laws, regulations, and local issues relating to MVOLTs;
•Conduct human trafficking screenings to confirm trafficking, through a trauma-informed, developmentally-appropriate methodology;
•Provision of intensive case management services, through mobile advocacy, to MVOLTs and their families to ensure acute needs are met in a timely and culturally appropriate manner for each program participant;
•Coordination and communication with client’s MDTs to ensure seamless provision of services and avoid duplication;
•Maintain case file documentation to conform to contract requirements as well as to reflect the needs of the individual client, including the maintenance of clear and concise case notes;
•Work with the Anti-Trafficking Program Manager to design client intake paperwork, internal tracking system, and the design of child survivor protocols and guidelines.
•Manage data on program objectives, service provision, and accomplishments, including drafting federal reports based on said data.
•Take an active lead role in identify new resources and services in the community. Meet with potential new partnerships, including coalition members, schools, and providers and work to connect clients to available resources;
•Act as an IRC HOPE representative at all task force, coalition, and youth working group meetings;
•Provide technical assistance and expert guidance to internal staff and external partners on best practices with minors who have experienced exploitation and abuse;
•Design training material on minor labor trafficking and facilitate trainings to a wide variety of providers, governmental agencies, and law enforcement;
•Build and maintain relationships with various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. With their assistance, develop safety plans/protocols/referral pathways for MVOLT clients, staff and the office;
•Participate in the AECS’ annual Child Labor and Trafficking statewide conference;
•Supervise volunteers and interns associated with the program;
•Travel in and around the service delivery area (31 counties of Northern California) to deliver and coordinate services;
•Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, trauma-informed care trainings, and fully engages as a member of the team;
•Participate in AECS partner meetings;
•Comply with all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency;
•Other related duties as assigned.
Key Working Relationships:
Position reports to: Anti-Trafficking Manager
Position directly supervises: N/A
Indirect Reporting: Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: The MAT caseworker will work as a member of the HOPE program direct services team and the AECS project team. This position will collaborate closely with other staff members to ensure comprehensive case management for all clients. This position will also develop working relationships with HOPE Program and AECS project Training and Outreach staff to support achievement of program goals.
External: The MAT caseworker will develop working relationships with both law enforcement partners and community service providers in order to promote client referrals and improve client access to developmentally-appropriate services. This includes, but is not limited to school providers, health providers, benefits access, housing services, legal services, mental health services, and law enforcement.
•BA degree with an emphasis in Social Work, Child Development, Public Health; related work experience may be substituted
•2+ years of related professional experience; preferably with minor victims of crime or vulnerable child populations in a social service, non-profit setting; (unaccompanied homeless, unaccompanied foreign-born, run-away, foster care, LGBTIA+ minors, minors from migrant farming families, or minors with SUD, cognitive, developmental, or physical disabilities and history of trauma);
•Previous multi-cultural experience and demonstrated ability to communicate well with people of varied backgrounds strongly preferred;
•Thorough knowledge and comfort supporting minors and their families in crisis situations;
•Thorough knowledge of trauma intervention and trauma-informed care methodology for minors;
•Comfortable collaborating with law enforcement, local and federal, and governmental agencies, such as DOL and CPS;
•Strong written and verbal communication skills required, Spanish speaker strongly preferred;
•Strong command of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook) required. Prior experience using data and tracking systems strongly preferred;
•Attention to detail and ability to organize and track large amounts of information efficiently and accurately;
•Strong partnership building skills;
•Commitment to teamwork and collaboration across all of IRC’s programs;
•Must have a valid driver’s license, active insurance policy and access to reliable transportation.
•Standard office work environment coupled with regular travel in and around the service delivery area.
•Occasional remote case management throughout Northern California.
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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law