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Director of the Abolitionist Network

Job Title and Job Description

Director of the Abolitionist Network

I connect with people to better understand the landscape of what is happening in the systems of human trafficking, and the counter-trafficking movement. I help to connect like-minded people with shared vision, and I work to build relational networks.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

Community Organizer is the broad carrier label. Working with non profits that focus on partnerships, networking and systems thinking applied to fighting injustice in communities.

What new technology will be important?

Web platforms that increase communication and social network possibilities, information sharing and communication on best practices, as well as learning from mistakes and failures

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

I majored in Sociology in Undergrad, and took advantage of several study abroad programs, one in South Africa and one in Egypt. I was very involved in organizations and groups on campus working with the homeless community, as well as building networks between the leaders of all the various social justice groups on campus. I went to live in a safehouse to learn more about the realities of human trafficking, and I spend a lot of time on the streets, listening to the community and trying to better understand the systems. As I meet people, and go to where they are, I slowing begin to introduce them to others, and start to build bridges between various communities that otherwise may not have met.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

I recommend a commitment to building relationships, and a investing in a wide variety of communities withe listening and learning as your first priority. Then as you better understand your part in the system, and where your strengths and passions are needed, you can join into what is already happening, and help to further the movement. Connecting people is such a needed position, but it isn‘t easy. You are often forgotten in the end, and you need to be ok with that. Learn to listen, learn to identify people‘s and organizations strengths and weaknesses and build others up, as you connect like minded people and groups together.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

No. I wanted to be involved in ministry in some way - but i wasn‘t sure what that would look like. I thought perhaps i would go into education so i could use that anywhere in the world and teach kids and love them. But when i heard about Human Trafficking i knew i needed to somehow be a part of fighting against this injustice, not just internationally, but right in my own community.

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Athletic / Physical 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Bilingual 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Computer Technology 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Investigative / Fact Finding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
leadership and Supervising 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Logical Thinking 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Math 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Mechanical Understanding 1-Not Important 
Sales and Negotiation 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Scientific and Experimental 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Social Service / Helping Skills 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Teaching / Instructing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Understanding Yourself 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Writing 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
 

Interview By: Sarah