Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading non-sectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. IRC’s Silver Spring office is located in the Suburban Washington Resettlement Center. Currently, the IRC Silver Spring resettles and/or provides assistance to approximately 1000 refugees, asylees and certified victims of human trafficking each year. Through implementation of the National Human Trafficking Victims’ Assistance Program (NHTVAP), IRC Silver Spring is also able to provide comprehensive case management to ‘pre-certified’ victims of human trafficking – individuals identified as victims but who do not yet have certification.
Scope of Work
The Anti-Trafficking Caseworker provides assistance to certified victims of human trafficking as well as ‘pre-certified’ victims to ensure they are able to effectively work towards legal status as well as the achievement of client self –sufficiency. Through the NHTVAP, the Anti-Trafficking Case Worker serves individuals through a holistic and broad spectrum of support, including but not limited to accessing legal, health and housing resources, public and community resources, mental health services and provides general psychosocial support. The Caseworker develops case plans to match individual client needs and preferences utilizing a broad range of financial, medical, social, vocational, and other services and resources based on client eligibility. The Caseworker also participates, as required, in program planning and service development through committees, task forces and work groups. The Caseworker operates under moderate supervision with latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative. The Caseworker reports to the Casework Supervisor.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting sustained outreach in various communities and networks to ensure victims of human trafficking are aware of their rights and the IRC’s anti-trafficking services.
- Ensuring the best possible experience for victims of trafficking and other trauma survivors as they work towards self-sufficiency. This includes initial assessment and safety planning, creation of a self-sufficiency plan based on client goals and potential barriers, assistance accessing appropriate resources including legal services to work towards stable immigration status, and other support as needed.
- Providing individualized and group orientations, support, referral, and advocacy services to IRC clients by assessing and evaluating each client’s distinct needs.
- Maintaining strict adherence to financial guidelines and financial tracking systems for NHTVAP, PPP, and MG programs, as well as strict adherence to documentation requirements.
- Independently developing reasonable self-sufficiency plans and timelines for each client and managing client expectations during the NHTVAP, PPP, and/or MG program periods.
- Ensuring that clients are provided the tools they need to meet their established goals and objectives in the programs enrolled.
- Monitoring client progress and modifying initial resettlement plans as required to ensure designated resources are maximized and client and program goals are achieved.
- Ensuring compliance with case file management and reporting requirements; participating in ongoing quality assurance activities.
- Actively participating in regular staff meetings.
- Performing other related duties and special projects as requested.
- Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred, ideally in Social Work or an equivalent field of study.
- Bilingual Preferred-Spanish
- Knowledge of human trafficking, preferably with experience providing services to victims of trafficking.
- Minimum of 2-3 years relevant case work experience at a non-profit or other public service environment.
- Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
- Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member.
- Self-starter with excellent problem solving skills, combined with the proven ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively.
- Fluent in English, both spoken and written; bilingual ability in Spanish desired but not required.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).
- Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area (home visits, agency visits, service provider visits etc).
For more information on our Programs please click http://www.rescue.org/us-program/us-silver-spring