Anti-trafficking Support Worker

Today’s global landscape includes political unrest, social upheaval, and astounding levels of poverty in developing and developed countries alike, leaving a staggering number of women and men vulnerable to sexual slavery. An estimated 2.5 million people are captured in the bonds of human trafficking at any given moment, including 1.2 million children. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime note that people trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organized crime. The UN reports victims are enslaved from 127 countries and exploited in 137; this $32 billion dollar industry affects every continent and has begun to awaken the hearts of the body of Christ.

Mexico City is the largest city in Latin America, with a population of 21.2 million. According to the Mexican government, more than 20,000 Mexican children are victims of sex trafficking every year, especially in tourist and border areas in route to the United States and, to a lesser extent, Canada and Western Europe. These statistics do not even include Mexican women or men, or foreign women, men and children who are trafficked through Mexico City.

For Goers whose hearts break for the injustice of sex slavery, there are significant opportunities to touch the lives of these victims, each a treasure of incomparable value, who are often broken, desperate and fearful, and see no hope for a different future. Goers will join with Mexicans in ministry in Spanish to work in efforts that help victims of sex trafficking such as prevention, advocacy, intervention, and restoration. They will also live with a Mexican family and work with a local Mexican church. Trainings outside of ministry will occur every week where our Goers take Spanish classes, participate in workshops with their cohort, and learn practical ministry tools to better equip them for their ministry settings.

Goers are not always able to work directly with trafficking victims during the first 6 months of service, due to the sensitive nature of this ministry. Goers will be placed according to personal background, experience level and the ministry sites current needs. Placements can include the prevention team, roles in the transitional living home, basic care provider in the refuge, administrative placements, support ministry placements such as Block Party, etc.

Skills: 

•Intermediate level of Spanish (B1 level) is preferred. However, there are opportunities for basic Spanish speakers in various branches of the anti-trafficking organization that we work with. •Studies and practice in social work & psychology, and community development can be very helpful, but not required.
•Understanding of issues involved in coming out of a trafficking background, helpful but not required.
•Personal integrity exhibited in reliability, perseverance, consistency, flexibility and a servant’s heart is essential.
•A willingness to serve wherever is needed is very important.
•Experience in counseling, therapy, work with children and youth, very helpful, but not required.

Placement Details

Status: 
Open
Region: 
Language: 
Positions: 
3
Start cycles: 
Fall
Winter
Location: 
Mexico
Genders: 
Both
Reference number: 
13110717
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