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  • 1. USCCB/MRS  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) holds more than 30 years of experience working with refugees and immigrants.  Contributed to the development of key provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000  Provides specialized training and technical assistance on human trafficking  Created the first Human Trafficking screening tool implemented across all of the juvenile detention and shelter facilities contracted by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)/Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services (DUCS) for unaccompanied alien children in federal custody.  Provided services to clients through HHS/ORR & DOJ/OVC grants
  • 2. The Dignity of Work (DOW) Program What is Dignity of Work?  Dignity of Work is a new program aimed at providing employment services to survivors of human trafficking who typically have not been eligible, or may have missed their eligibility window, for employment services. Who is Eligible?  Pre-Certified Victims of Trafficking (VOT)  Individuals granted Eligibility Letters as Minor VOTs, now ready to pursue employment  U-Visa recipients for whom the qualifying crime was human trafficking
  • 3. The Dignity of Work (DOW) Program Cont. DOW Goals: 1. Demonstrate that availability of employment and related services for VOTs increases the likelihood that they can enter dignified employment and achieve self-sufficiency. 2. Increase knowledge and coordination among case management providers serving VOTs regarding best practices supporting VOT achievement of self-sufficiency. 3. Develop systemic understanding of the most effective pre- employment/employability services for VOTs to enhance their readiness and success in achieving dignified employment and self-sufficiency.
  • 4. The Dignity of Work (DOW) Program Cont. What are the services offered? • Job Readiness and Placement Assistance: Ensure that the client is prepared to seek employment and has the skills necessary to succeed in a U.S. work environment. • Post-Placement Assistance: For those clients with Employment Authorization, ensure that employment is maintained through the program service period and beyond. Ensure that clients have appropriate working conditions. • Job Upgrades/Professional Recertification: For clients with Employment Authorization, provide resources and services that could enable the client to upgrade to a higher position, increase compensation and/or benefits, and find more fulfilling employment.
  • 5. The Dignity of Work (DOW) Program Cont. Pre-Employment Services • Transportation Assistance • Life Skills Education • Formal Education/GED • Interviewing Techniques • ESL • Resume Writing • Job Application Training • Child Care • US Work Laws and Workers’ Right Education Post-Employment Services • Specific Job Skills Training • Certification Programs • Tax Form Orientation • Computer Training • Mentorship • Budgeting/Financial Management • On-Site Job Visits • Career Planning Specific employment services may include (not mutually exclusive):
  • 6. The Dignity of Work (DOW) Program: Post-Employment Services  Follow-up services are extremely important for VOTs considering their experiences with working in the past  Work place visits and employer meetings can ensure job retention and prevent repeated exploitation  This allows case managers to focus skill development and specialized training  For clients that have specialized training or certifications in their home country, these services will enable them to obtain higher paying employment, thus enhancing future self-sufficiency
  • 7. How is DOW different from existing refugee resettlement programs?  It is a 2-year research project to develop best practices for employment services for VOTs (service period of 3-6 months)  There is a strong focus on post- employment services considering VOTs history of exploitation  Does not replace, but rather compliments existing programs such as Match Grant (if clients are eligible, they should be enrolled in available employment programs)
  • 8. How the DOW Program Works 1. Referring agencies identify potential clients and send a Request to Enroll form to DOW program 2. Once USCCB determines that the client is eligible, they will connect them with a local resettlement office within our network to receive services. 3. Referring agencies continue to provide comprehensive case management services and are the lead for the case 4. Participating resettlement offices and clients sign consent forms to participate in the research study (if they choose) 5. USCCB Service Providers provide Employment Services (Pre or Post) to enrolled clients 6. USCCB provides Service Providers with ongoing technical assistance, case consultation, training, and educational materials 7. Service Providers submit required forms (Employability Assessment, Monthly Reports, etc.) to USCCB for evaluation purposes 8. USCCB will analyze data obtained from Service Providers to develop an enhanced understanding of effective employment services for VOTs
  • 9. How the DOW Program Works Cont. Service Provider Responsibilities (these are providers within the USCCB resettlement network)  Provide Pre/Post-Employment Services to Participating Clients  Complete required reporting and assessment tools upon enrollment and a monthly basis  Participate in project monitoring phone calls, webinars, and site visits Referring Agency Responsibilities  Continue to provide comprehensive case management services  Coordinate with DOW Employment Specialists in service provision USCCB Responsibilities  Provide technical assistance and case consultation  Conduct monthly webinars/ trainings surrounding human trafficking and employment services  Disseminate educational materials to Service Providers  Disburse per capita funding to Service Providers  Conduct Research Study Interviews  Collect and analyze data gathered from assessment tools and reports
  • 10. The Research Component of DOW  DOW is a demonstration project that relies on data gathering to develop an enhanced understanding of best practices for employment services for VOTs  Employment and self-sufficiency data will be gathered through:  An initial Employability Assessment  Monthly Self-Sufficiency Progress Reports  Monthly Case Management Progress Reports (only for clients receiving case management services)  Service Provider and client feedback will be obtained through:  Individual interviews  Focus groups  Written surveys  This is NOT an evaluation of Service Providers or specific agencies.
  • 11. Confidentiality Considerations  USCCB will obtain informed consent from both clients and Service Providers to participate in research study interviews (either party may choose to not participate)  Client information will remain confidential in reports, data gathering, and analyses  Service Providers must follow federal regulations concerning confidentiality requirements  USCCB will monitor Service Providers for compliance
  • 12. Referral Considerations  Clients should have already achieved a certain level of stability  Have medical needs been addressed? Mental health? Legal?  Clients should be ready and willing to enter the workforce (if not already employed)  Clients should not be currently receiving employment services from another provider  Check to see if there is a resettlement program near you where your client can be referred  http://www.usccb.org/about/resettlement-services/diocesan- resettlement-offices.cfm#IL
  • 13. Resources  State & Federal Trafficking Laws- http://www.polarisproject.org/resources/state-and-federal-laws  National Hotline- http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national- human-trafficking-hotline/the-nhtrc/overview  State Department Trafficking In Persons Report- http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2012/  How To Identify a Trafficking Victim- http://www.usccb.org/about/anti- trafficking-program/identifying-trafficking-victims.cfm  Human Trafficking Resources-  Department of Homeland Security  Department of Justice  Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act 2008- http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-110publ457/pdf/PLAW- 110publ457.pdf  Legal Resources- http://www.uscrirefugees.org/2010Website/5_Resources/5_4_For_Law yers/5_4_3_Human_Trafficking_Resources/5_4_3_1_Human_Traffickin g_Manuals/AGuidefor_LegalAdvocates.pdf
  • 14. Questions Matt Haygood, LICSW, CACII Program Support Coordinator, Anti-Trafficking Program USCCB/MRS 202-541-3232 office 202-541-3324 fax mhaygood@usccb.org or mrsdignityofwork@usccb.org