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Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center | New York, NY
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Sex Workers Project at Urban Justice Center


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The Urban Justice Center serves some of New York City's most marginalized residents through a combination of direct legal and social services, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. UJC is composed of ten distinct Projects, with a unique organizational structure intended to foster creativity, excellence and meaningful results. 

The Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, in collaboration with and guided by impacted communities, offers legal advocacy and therapeutic support to survivors of human trafficking and people who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. We engage in advocacy, education, and organizing to build a movement to protect the human rights of sex workers. We aim to create a world that is safe for all workers and where human trafficking does not exist.

Our clients include current and former sex workers, people profiled as sex workers and survivors of human trafficking - including people of all genders and gender expression who encounter enormous barriers to accessing services. Using trauma-informed principles, and working through a human rights and anti-oppression lens, SWP engages with this critically underserved population through therapeutic counseling and case management, legal service provision, outreach, and leadership development. We also engage in research and policy advocacy, working to document the needs of sex workers and survivors of trafficking, and educate the media, the public, and policy-makers about our findings. 

This is a part-time, 24 hour a week, grant-funded position that includes the opportunity to earn clinical hours biweekly under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker.

 

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide free, non-judgmental comprehensive social services, through a trauma-informed lens, to a caseload of approximately 10-15 clients who have been or are involved in the sex industries or are survivors of human trafficking or related trauma 
  • Comprehensive services include weekly individual therapy with clients to work through trauma, common issues of anxiety, depression, dissociation, and post traumatic stress disorder
  • Services may also include: Limited case management assistance, crisis intervention and emergency resources as needed, legal advocacy (including letters of support and/or affidavits of support) for immigration and criminal court matters, new client intakes and assisting with helpline calls
  • Support group facilitation
  • Keep detailed case notes and fulfill all grant-reporting duties 
  • 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 training or technical assistance on best practices for these agencies
  • Supervise MSW intern(s)

Ideal candidates would have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Masters of Social Work required
  • Ability to speak fluent Spanish, Mandarin, or Korean
  • 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 experience(trainings and workshops to diverse audiences)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Demonstrated expertise 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 
  • SIFI certification

The Urban Justice Center serves some of New York City's most marginalized residents through a combination of direct legal and social services, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. UJC is composed of ten…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

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. 

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Urban Justice Center offers a flexible work environment and a highly competitive benefits package that includes…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent Spanish, Mandarin or Korean preferred.

Fluent Spanish, Mandarin or Korean preferred.

How To Apply

Submit a one-page cover letter addressed to SWP Staff and resume as a single .PDF document to ekeeney@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.

Submit a one-page cover letter addressed to SWP Staff and resume as a single .PDF document to ekeeney@urbanjustice.org with “Counselor/Advocate Application” in the subject line…

Location

40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006
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