Framework was a training and technical assistance project funded by the Office for Victims of Crime operating from October 2019 – January 2023.
Framework worked with survivors, service providers, and other experts to provide individualized assistance and create tailored, engaging, and user-friendly resources. These include webinars, e-learning courses, tip sheets, guides, and other resources that support the identification of survivors of labor trafficking and provision of transformative services.
As practitioners, allies, and stewards of knowledge, Framework cares deeply about the eradication of human trafficking and healing for survivors. We are committed to:
- Applying a human rights lens that prioritizes empowerment, healing, and a broad definition of “justice,” and holds fast to a belief that victims, survivors, and everyone else—particularly those with vulnerability— know their rights, have access to resources, and are treated with dignity in this world.
- A survivor-informed approach that recognizes and has deep respect for the expertise survivors bring both based on their trafficking experience and broader set of skills, experiences, and knowledge.
- A trauma-informed approach that considers how representation, language, and cultural narratives impact victims and survivors—those we represent, reach, and work with.
- A strengths-based approach that sees victims and survivors as more than their victimization experience and focuses on the inherent strength, assets, and resiliency present in all of us to heal from trauma and achieve our goals.
- Clear, practical messaging that is survivor- and field- informed. We recognize that we are in a position to frame the issue of labor trafficking in a nuanced way that highlights the deep roots and legacy of racism and white supremacy, xenophobia, misogyny, and an economic system that knowingly trades high profit for cheap labor.
- Continuous improvement through self-reflection, learning, correcting our missteps, challenging ourselves to be our best, and being open to being challenged and informed by others.
- Collaboration and co-creation that values and leverages the many existing and emerging experts the field has to offer.
- Bridging the gap between labor and sex trafficking such that our impact on resource allocation, awareness raising, and policy have an equal impact on all survivors of human trafficking. We seek to play no role in perpetuating the damaging hierarchy of victimization within—and outside of—the anti-trafficking community.
Framework’s Approach to Survivor Engagement
- Be led by survivors–seeking out their voices and perspectives to inform everything we do.
- Be utilized as a platform for survivors as experts.
- Expand the narrative on labor trafficking–telling the stories that aren’t being told and making space for fresh voices.
- Advisory Panel
- Project Strategy
- prioritizing topics
- navigating nuance
- identifying target audiences
- Material Review
- Educational videos
- Project Strategy
- Survivor Subject Matter Experts
- Events and presentations
- Case studies
- January Awareness Month videos
- Healing From Trauma Online Gallery
- Hiring survivors within the program and the larger organization
- Connecting survivors to external opportunities
A Supportive Approach
- Ghost writing
- Event preparation
- Financial compensation for emotional labor
- Providing feedback for professional development
- Creating a welcoming space for survivors to pitch ideas
About the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
In the U.S., the IRC’s comprehensive anti-trafficking programs build capacity through outreach and public awareness and provide survivors with trauma-informed support and access to the resources they need—including:
- Economic assistance
- Job counseling and skills training
- Health and dental care
- Mental health counseling
- Legal and immigration assistance
To learn more, visit the IRC’s website.