Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center seeks
Open Doors Statewide Service Network Survivor Mentor
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Opened in 2013, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center uses political science strategies that integrate and honor the lived experiences of girls. The overarching goal of the Policy Center is to make the First Coast the national model of systemic reform for girls and young women in, or at risk of entering the juvenile justice. Our advocacy platform addresses policies, processes and practices that result in disparate and harmful treatment of girls. Responding to the pervasive disparate treatment and victimization of system involved girls, the Policy Center provides four core services that include leading edge research, strategic advocacy, training/technical assistance and direct service model programming.
In 2012, the Florida Legislature passed the Safe Harbor Act, which allowed sex trafficked children to be considered dependent children in need of therapeutic services, rather than viewing them as juvenile delinquents. Implementation of the landmark legislation, however, has lacked strategic development, coordination, continuity and resources. Throughout Florida, large gaps exist within cross sector collaboration, professional training, trauma-focused crisis intervention and restorative services that meet the complex needs of sexually exploited and trafficked victims.
Open Doors was created to provide a continuity of care response to victims of sexual exploitation and will provide victims between the ages of 10 to 24 years old with consistent and reliable emergency services, provide training and education for direct service providers and other cross-sector partners and addresses gaps in services and systems.
Purpose of the Position The purpose of the Survivor Mentor is to serve as the first responder and provide immediate crisis intervention and mobile direct services support once a victim is identified. Because of the shared lived experiences of the Survivor Mentor and the Victim, this first responder intervention is designed to increase the opportunity of establishing a bond with a safe, caring person who understands what the victims is experiencing. The Survivor Mentor position is designed to provide mobile care management and direct services support to the victim/survivor as needed. This individual will work closely with a clinician and the Regional Navigator.
(posted May 2, 2017)