ChicagoCAC employees are expected to perform their job duties and act in a manner consistent with the Core Values of the organization.
The Human Trafficking Specialist’s primary responsibility is to provide outreach activities focused on victims of human trafficking. Outreach activities include establishing a trusting relationship with potential trafficking victims, build victim-identity, assist them to construct a safe, realistic, and culturally-sensitive plan to leave trafficking, and assist them to create a safe, realistic plan for sustaining life after exit by providing comprehensive case management. The Human Trafficking Specialist serves to assist in coordinating the investigative, law enforcement and child protection work of CPD, DCFS and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Human Trafficking cases in the city of Chicago as well as coordination of cases in the State of Illinois with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
Provide outreach activities within the agency’s program policies and procedures, focused on assisting victims in leaving human trafficking. May be required to conduct a majority of direct service or outreach related activities off site, including home visits, work within schools or within community agencies.
Work closely with the MDT to facilitate referrals for investigation and advocacy for both the victim and their family.
With close supervision, conducts assessment of the victim’s immediate threat of harm.
Works with Trauma Therapist asses the victim’s immediate mental health needs and engage in mental health services.
Utilizes and implements the Motivational Interviewing model for assessing the trafficking victim’s readiness for rescue or for leaving their trafficking situation, for designing interventions for planning the victims escape strategies. The strategies utilized in this model include: 1) build trust, 2)strengthen victim-identity, 3) teach informed decision making skills, 4)create hope of escape, 5) problem-solve barriers to leaving, 6) assist victim to plan effective escape strategies when he or she are safe and fully prepared to do so, and 7) assist in the escape.
Consults with supervisor in reviewing and assessing the current stages of outreach cases.
Develops and implements appropriate intervention strategies that recognize the current stage, and supports the victim’s movement to the next stage toward exiting trafficking. Regularly reviews client’s progress with the supervisor.
Maintains frequent case-related contacts with local resources, collateral sources, public and private agencies and organizations, and law enforcement, to advocate on behalf of clients. Refers clients for services, as needed.
Assist and educate families regarding the Illinois Attorney General’s Violent Crime Victims Compensation Program, file compensation and follow up with the Attorney General’s Office for processing and timely disposition.
Assess need for child’s medical exam in consultation with ChicagoCAC clinic medical staff and schedules appointments as appropriate.
Keeps supervisor informed regarding case related subpoenas and attends court when appropriate.
Provide appropriate referral for services to the Trauma Therapist and access within the PATHH (Provide Access Toward Hope and Healing) network of mental health providers with existing providers in the Coordinated Service Referral Network to ensure victims receive a comprehensive array of needed services.
Maintain accurate referral and placement information for all clients referred to Human Trafficking program and enter data in ETO, and provide outcome information for program evaluation and grant reporting purposes.
Keeps supervisor informed of clients in crisis who may be at-risk, and any situation or incident that may require immediate attention, to prevent harm to anyone.
Demonstrate expertise and prior training in Human Trafficking prevention, intervention, and understanding the dynamics of youth who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation.
Participate in supervision, professional and on-going training activities.
Bilingual Human Trafficking Specialist – Provide translation as requested for partner agencies except for translation of legal documents such as safety plans and written statements.
Maintains on call availability shared with other outreach workers.
Engages in weekly professional supervision with supervisor.
Perform other tasks as directed
The Human Trafficking Specialist has a mid-level range of discretion and independent decision-making.
The Human Trafficking Specialist works closely with the Trauma Therapist, MDT Coordinator, Forensic Interviewers, Family Advocates, MDT partner agencies and community partners.
Masters or Doctorate degree in psychology, social work or human service field required. LCPC or LCSW required. Ability to demonstrate clinical expertise in understanding and assessing human trafficking cases. Minimum of one year of full-time experience preferred working with sexually exploited youth. Experience working in a trauma informed environment with a high level of expertise in understanding child sex abuse and complex trauma. Knowledge of nationally recognized standards, legal precedents and confidentiality issues related to human trafficking and the treatment of youth who have been commercially trafficked. Ability to assess program goals and write goal-directed program plans as well as ability to monitor and document behavior patterns and modify plan to meet changing goals. Demonstrated clinical observation and diagnostic skills, excellent listening and verbal skills, and the ability to build rapport and maintain objectivity with a criminal or forensic population. Demonstrated learning capacity in order to expand current skills/knowledge and to transfer this knowledge to others. Commitment to enhancing cultural competency. Dedication to preventing further sexual victimization and ability to address difficult issues with a challenging population.
About Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. We also respond to reports of child physical abuse, witness to violence, and other serious maltreatment. Since opening our doors in 2001, we have served more than 34,000 children.
ChicagoCAC is the city’s only not-for-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof. Our staff:
facilitates our partners’ collaborative response;
arranges families’ visits to the center, including provision of support services such as
transportation and child life;
conducts forensic interviews;
provides family advocacy and crisis intervention services;
provides mental health therapy
All of our services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. ChicagoCAC’s services are free of charge to every client.
Uniting public, private and community p...artners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children.
Our shared vision:
To eliminate the suffering of abused children in Chicago.
Our core values:
Freedom from abuse and exploitation is a basic human right.
The center is a safe place for everyone who enters its doors.
The collaborative process is the best approach to prevent and respond to child abuse.
Our children and families deserve to receive the highest standard of care available.
Best-practice interventions can restore lives.
Our approach is based on a nationwide model of child advocacy centers, and we are accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. ChicagoCAC believes that a multi-disciplinary approach is the most effective way to protect children and prevent abuse.
ChicagoCAC was founded by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1998. The city, county and state provided seed money and additional resources to build our center, which opened in 2001.