Counselor/Advocate

Job Type:
full-time
Job Short Description:
SWP is seeking a Counselor/Advocate with fluent Spanish, Mandarin or Korean, for a full-time position, to provide non-judgmental comprehensive social services to a caseload of approximately 20-30 clients who have been or are involved in the sex industries or are victims of human trafficking or related trauma, and to participate in community trainings and relationship building.
Job Summary & Qualifications:
  • Ability to speak fluent Spanish, Mandarin, or Korean required.
  • Masters of Social Work preferred.  Related degrees and qualifying experience will also be taken into consideration.  People with lived experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated capacity with principles of trauma-informed care
  • Demonstrated understanding of working from a human rights and anti-oppression perspective
  • Significant public speaking (trainings and workshops to diverse audiences)
  • Very good to excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated expertise in working with a variety of systems diplomatically and effectively
  • Ability to work collaboratively, to take leadership, and to take direction from a supervisor
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks, work independently, assess priorities and take initiative
  • Passion for the Sex Workers’ Project mission and a commitment to criminal justice reform 
  • Demonstrated experience with LGBTIQ communities 
Responsibilities:
  • Provide free, non-judgmental comprehensive social services, through a trauma-informed lens, to a caseload of approximately 20-30 clients who have been or are involved in the sex industries or are victims of human trafficking or related trauma and participate in community trainings and relationship building.
  • Provide weekly therapy on an as-needed basis with clients to work through common issues of anxiety, depression, dissociation, and post traumatic stress disorder
    • Includes assistance with but not limited to the following concrete issues: housing, clothing, food, job training, employment search, financial management, accompaniment to appointments as needed
    • Includes support, advocacy, and counseling around but not limited to the following issues: psycho-education around trauma-related effects especially as they relate to domestic violence and human trafficking, sex work-specific issues, sex and health education, family dynamics, financial empowerment, parenting, homelessness, public assistance and medical care access
    • Provide all legal advocacy (including letters of support and/or affidavits of support) for criminal, family, and immigration cases and interact with law enforcement
    • Conduct phone intakes for incoming clients and respond to a variety of other caller inquiries received on SWP help line
    • Provide crisis intervention and emergency care as needed
    • Keep detailed case notes and fulfill all grant-reporting duties to direct supervisor
  • Represent project across diverse settings, including at community-based organizations, law enforcement and courts to identify those who have been trafficked as well as sex workers in need of social/legal services and provide technical assistance on best practices for these agencies
  • Participate in and/or lead coalitions, panels, trainings and task forces to build and maintain  alliances with the larger anti-trafficking and sex workers advocacy networks, including on the local, regional, statewide and occasionally international levels
  • Write occasional letters of inquiry for funding and/or participate in fundraising as requested by Project Director
 
Benefits/Compensation:
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Urban Justice Center offers a flexible work environment and a highly competitive benefits package that includes vacation, personal, and sick time; medical and dental coverage; vision and gym reimbursements; and a 401(k) plan.
How to Apply:
Submit a one-page cover letter addressed to SWP Staff, resume, and list of three professional references as a single .PDF document to mbanderson@urbanjustice.org with “Counselor/Advocate Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of anticipated applications, we cannot respond to any unless selected for further consideration. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. People of color, LGBTIQ individuals, individuals who have personal experiences with poverty, experiences in sex work, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a bargaining unit position, represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2230.
Project Description:

Created in December 2001, the Sex Workers Project is the first program in New York City and in the country to focus on the provision of legal services, legal training, documentation, and policy advocacy for sex workers.

UJC Description:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 11 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.