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Job Listing – Human Trafficking Navigators (2 positions)

North Dakota needs your support! Human trafficking is a reality in North Dakota and YOU can make a difference.

The North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with Youthworks (Fargo, ND) and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (“DVCC”) (Minot, ND), is seeking two experienced professionals who are responsible for assisting trafficking victims in accessing services and serving as regional experts for communities. The Navigators will serve as a point of contact for those working with trafficking victims, or those looking to receive training to learn more about human trafficking.

The Eastern ND Human Trafficking Navigator will be employed by Youthworks, and will be based in Fargo, ND. The Western ND Human Trafficking Navigator will be employed by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and will be based in Minot, ND. Each Navigator will provide referral and supportive case management services, education and community outreach, and development of, or training and technical assistance for, local multi-disciplinary teams in their region.

* This is a full-time position with benefits.

* Pay is commensurate with experience.

* Travel is required.

Recommended skills/experience: Advocacy or case management for victims of commercial sexual exploitation, sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence or labor exploitation. Proficiency in public speaking, collaboration, complex problem solving and meeting facilitation. Over one year relevant experience preferred.

Required education/licensure: Master’s Degree in Human Service related field, or law degree with social service experience preferred. Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience will be considered.  Professional Licensure preferred.

How to apply: Send cover letter, resume and optional letter of recommendation to kflaagan@youthworksnd.org. Please indicate which position(s) the applicant is seeking to be considered for in cover letter.

For more information on the Eastern North Dakota position, please contact Joan at Youthworks at 701.232.8558 or visit www.youthworksnd.org.

For more information on the Western North Dakota position, please contact Dena at DVCC at 701.852.2258.

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CAWS North Dakota launches anti- bullying / anti-harassment campaign

This month CAWS North Dakota is releasing a new statewide awareness campaign targeting middle school and high school students in North Dakota. Focusing on role modeling, this anti-bullying and anti-harassment public service announcement campaign addresses destructive behaviors common to young men including: gender-based harassment, teasing, bullying and cyber-bullying.

 

The campaign, called “Young Men of Strength” (YMOST), was produced in cooperation with Men Can Stop Rape and funded by the Verizon Foundation. On Wednesday, October 7 the Youth Commission in Grand Forks will meet at Grand Forks City Hall with campaign organizers, Safer Tomorrows and the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) to discuss the impact of the campaign and provide feedback.

 

The free posters and palm cards will be distributed to schools across the state. Educators and community youth groups are encouraged to use the campaign materials to begin the conversations about bullying and harassment.

 

“This campaign is a step toward encouraging a shift in the attitudes and culture of youth today. The positive messages portrayed in the posters and palm cards encourage young men to take proactive steps towards addressing harassment and bullying that many North Dakota kids experience every day,” said CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director Janelle Moos.

 

Eye catching and innovative posters and palm cards encourage young men to take action when their peers harass and bully. Scenarios include young men’s involvement in bystander intervention behavior and features custom photography from around the state of North Dakota. YMOST engages students through positive messaging, identity-building, action recommendations, performable actions, healthy masculinity and messaging that identifies benefits to the individual.

 

Men Can Stop Rape is the leading national organization mobilizing boys and men to prevent violence against women utilizing a proven curriculum, awareness campaigns, prevention and intervention trainings and programming, Men Can Stop Rape is engaging men and boys to build safer and healthier communities. For more information about Men Can Stop Rape, visit www.mencanstoprape.org.

 

 

 

 

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CAWS North Dakota receives grant to combat human trafficking

BISMARCK – CAWS North Dakota will receive $900,000 from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the state of North Dakota’s Office of Attorney General will receive $600,000 from the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to work in partnership under the Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking Grant Program. North Dakota is one of ten recipients of the grants nationally.

The awards from the Justice Department — administered by the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)—support efforts across the country to combat human trafficking by funding investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking crimes, services for survivors and research.

CAWS North Dakota and the Office of the Attorney General will use the funds to develop comprehensive victim services and encourage proactive law enforcement investigations. A statewide task force will be convened by BCI, CAWS and the U.S. Attorney’s office to oversee the program while two navigators will be hired to serve as case managers in order to streamline services for victims and enhance the collaboration with law enforcement. Additional funding will be used to offer direct services to victims.

“Providing access to victim centered services has been and always will be our priority. This award is the culmination of 18 months of a statewide comprehensive planning that will increase our state’s ability to address the rise in human trafficking cases and ensure victims have access to the services they need,” said CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director Janelle Moos.

The grants were announced last week by the Attorney General in Seattle, which has been selected as one of sixteen sites for anti-trafficking task force awards, to receive $1.5 million to support law enforcement efforts and services to victims. The Department of Justice will award more than $44 million in grant funding for development of Human Trafficking Task Forces for the next three years. The grants are part of a government-wide effort to combat human trafficking and provide services to survivors, as outlined in Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity: Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013–2017, released by the White House in January 2014.

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Agency launches central intake line to report elder abuse and neglect

NEWS from the North Dakota Department of Human Services

600 East Boulevard Avenue – Department 325, Bismarck ND 58505-0250

 

 

Agency launches central intake line to report elder abuse and neglect

 

BISMARCK, N.D. – On July 1, the North Dakota Department of Human Services is launching a centralized phone number for people to call to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults.  Department staff will answer calls during the weekday to the Aging and Disability Resource Link – Vulnerable Adult Protective Services intake line at 1-855-462-5465.

 

Staff will review concerns and provide information to the regional human service centers and partnering agencies if a home visit is needed to assess a situation.  People can leave a message if they are calling after hours.

 

“Our goal is to make it easy to report concerns. Because vulnerable adult protective services are provided by the department and contracted partner agencies, having one phone number benefits the professionals who are required by law to report concerns,” said Michelle Gayette, the department’s vulnerable adult protective services administrator.

 

Gayette stressed that if a vulnerable adult is in immediate danger of serious injury or death, people should still call 911.  After emergency responders are contacted, people should still call the central intake number to report the concern.

 

“It is important for people to report both urgent and non-urgent concerns so that professionals can follow up and make sure that health, welfare and safety issues are addressed,” Gayette said.

 

People can also make a report online at https://fw2.harmonyis.net/NDLiveIntake/.  A reporter can remain anonymous.

 

According to Gayette, the department received about 1,500 reports of possible abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults in 2014.

 

The Vulnerable Adult Protective Services Program serves vulnerable adults age 18 and older or minors who are married and who have mental or functional impairments.  More information about the service and mandated reporting is online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/adultsaging/reporting.html.

 

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National Network to End Domestic Violence releases annual statistics

National Network to End Domestic Violence releases annual statistics

 

For the ninth annual year, on September 10 the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted a one-day unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence service in the United States. This census documents the number of individuals who sought services in a single 24-hour period.

 

On that day in North Dakota there were 32 requests for services including emergency shelter, transitional housing and non-residential services, which could not be provided because programs did not have the resources. Out of these unmet requests 22% were for housing.

 

“Our programs are continually asked to do more with less which is unrealistic. Victims are turned away every day because our shelters are full and understaffed and we know they are either going back to live with their abusive partner or are forced into homelessness. This can’t continue,” said Janelle Moos, CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director.

 

In North Dakota there have been 11 staff positions eliminated in the past year; most of these positions were direct services, such as shelter or legal advocates, so there were fewer advocates to answer calls for help. Nine individual services at local programs were reduced or eliminated in the past year.

 

Across the country, there were 10,871 unmet requests for services on that day, of which 56% were for housing. The most frequently requested nonresidential services that could not be provided were housing advocacy, legal representation and financial assistance.

 

“Domestic violence programs and shelters across the country are operating with less funding, fewer resources, and even fewer staff. The economic environment of the last few years has resulted in a combination of fewer grants, fewer donations from the community and reduced government funds at every level. This shortage of resources within domestic violence programs has been compounded by a reduction in funding for other social services upon which victims often rely, such as low-income housing, mental health services and more,” stated NNEDV.

 

In the 24-hour survey period in the United States there were 67,646 victims served and 20,845 local and state hotline calls answered by staff.

 

In North Dakota 375 victims were served on this day. A total of 160 domestic violence victims (78 children and 82 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs. There were 215 adults and children who received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups, as well as 109 hotline calls answered.

 

According to NNEDV, out of 1,916 identified domestic violence programs in the United States 1,697 participated in the 2014 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. In North Dakota 19 out of 20 identified local domestic violence programs participated.

 

For more information about these statistics or the complete count, go to nnedv.org/census.

 

 

 

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Hearts & Hands Training

Hearts & Hands: Building Partnerships Between Rural Domestic and Sexual Violence Service Providers and Rural Faith Communities training will be from 8 am to 4:30 pm Thursday, June 11 at Zion Lutheran Church – 203 1st Ave. NE Mohall, ND.

This training is hosted by CAWS North Dakota Faith-Based Initiative on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Mohall & Kenmare Safe Community Coalitions and Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

This training is limited to 50 participants and it is free of charge. Lunch will be provided for those participating (donations accepted to help cover the costs of lunch).

For complete details about this event click here. For more information or to register contact Rev. Desireé Uhrich at (701) 228-8245 or e-mail: monarch@utma.com.

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CAWS North Dakota accepting application for 2015 scholarships

CAWS North Dakota is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Women’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund. This scholarship provides higher education opportunities to low-income women who wish to enter, or are currently attending a North Dakota college or university.

The fund assists scholarship recipients in a number of ways. It helps them to break the bonds of poverty and enhance their lives and the lives of their families intellectually, culturally, and environmentally.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must; be low income according to federal poverty guidelines; be current residents of North Dakota; and plan to attend a North Dakota college, university, or trade school (certain exceptions may be made for those living on North Dakota borders). Scholarships applications are accepted March through mid-June of each year. Awards are announced in mid-August.

The fund was established by a generous donor who believed in creating opportunities for women through higher education. It was enhanced in 2001 by a legal settlement with Nine West Corporation – brokered by former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp – and by individual contributions. Contributions to the Women’s Opportunity Scholarship Fund are always welcome, and may be sent as earmarked contributions to the CAWS North Dakota office. To download a scholarship application click here. For more information on the scholarship please contact Dana Mees at 888-255-6240 ext. 14.

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CAWS North Dakota seeks photographer for a special project

CAWS North Dakota is currently seeking a photographer to contract with for a special project. This is a temporary contract position.

Please note there is flexibility in putting together a proposal for this project. For example, being located on the east side of the state in North Dakota could potentially meet all of our goals.

We are partnering with a national organization called Men Can Stop Rape. We will be licensing their “YMOST [Young Men of Strength]” campaign and customizing the images and scenarios for our primary target market. Products include four customized designs on posters and postcards. We are also looking to begin compiling a stock art collection for our own future use.

The deadline for proposals is March 27. For more information please email bwinkler@cawsnorthdakota.org.