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Human Trafficking Peer Specialist

Boston, Massachusetts

Organization Facility: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Category: Social Services Job ID: JR40664 Date posted: 02/08/2024
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When you join the growing BILH team, you're not just taking a job, you’re making a difference in people’s lives.

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Day (United States of America)

The Adelante Project is a program within BIDMC's Center for Violence Prevention & Recovery. Adelante is a collaborative endeavor between BIDMC's CVPR and Brigham & Women's Hospital Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs. Drawing upon one's lived experiences, the Adelante Peer Specialist works as part of a multidisciplinary team to address both the prevention and intervention of human trafficking in our communities. This position reports to the Adelante Project Lead and offers a flexible schedule and possibility of off-hours coverage to serve the needs of this unique patient population. The Adelante Peer Specialist will support a small case load of survivors, providing mentorship and support. The Peer Specialist will also have the opportunity to engage in special projects related to program development, awareness initiatives, and survivor leadership.

Job Description:

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Promote healing-centered engagement through one-on-one support and mentoring to survivors of sex and/or labor trafficking.
  • Serve as a primary link to community-based resources in the Boston-area to better support people who are impacted by human trafficking.
  • Provide training and case-related guidance on-site to health care providers.
  • Work in collaboration with TIP team members and external partners to deliver quality, survivor-centered, and coordinated services.
  • Participate in weekly supervision.
  • Attend all meetings pertaining to this grant in the hospital and community.
  • Utilize data entry program for case management and program reporting purposes.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • 1-3 years related work experience required.
  • Experience as a survivor or experience in supporting survivors of sexual or labor exploitation required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Confidentiality and compliance with professional ethics.
  • Commitment to social, racial, and gender justice issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human trafficking issues and a personal interest in, and commitment to, working with survivors of trafficking.
  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse groups of people (e.g. race, ethnicity, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities).


  • Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.
  • Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.
  • Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  • Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  • Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  • Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Age based Competencies: Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60+.
  • Physical Nature of the Job:Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

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As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more about this requirement.

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Why join Beth Israel Lahey Health?

If you’re looking for a career where you can make a difference and explore your potential, Beth Israel Lahey Health is the place you belong. Our system includes a network of hospitals, physician practices, outpatient centers, and other healthcare facilities and we offer a broad range of careers in direct patient care, environmental services, registration, finance and many other fields. We are focused on providing compassionate and personalized healthcare with a strong reputation for clinical excellence and research and offer diverse opportunities for career growth and development. Conveniently, we have many locations in communities across Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

At Beth Israel Lahey Health, we see you for all that you are – your experience and your dreams. Explore our open opportunities and find out why so many have already chosen to join our team.

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