Many of our members have specialized experience in direct/clinical services, research, training/education, violence prevention, and grassroots community organizing. All our members have valuable lived experience insights that can help make your services, training, curriculum or policy more effective and sustainable. We are ready to share our expertise with your agency, through consultation, training, and speaking.
Email the Survivor Leadership Program Manager (SLPM) to determine if your opportunity is a good fit for our work. Even if we are unable to partner with you, we are happy to share paid consultant requests with our membership for them to connect with you independently. Before requesting a consultant, please review the expectations below.
Any organizations that contract with the NSN for a speaker are expected to follow our Event Host Guidelines by the NSN and HEAL Trafficking for facilitating an inclusive and professional space when hiring speakers and trainers. LINK
Looking for consulting on how to foster meaningful survivor engagement without tokenizing or pigeon-holing survivors? That’s our specialty! If you receive OVC funds for human trafficking work, you can request Survivor Engagement Training and Technical Assistance (SETTA) — the NSN is a partner on this project, and you can view the SETTA consultant map here: OVC SETTA Consultant Map. If you do not receive OVC funds, email the SLPM to work out a plan and pricing structure.
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Minimum expectations in order for us to even forward your opportunity to our listserv: While survivors are always free to volunteer their time in any ways they see fit (and many enjoy volunteering in their communities), human trafficking survivors have historically been expected to perform labor, storytelling, and public speaking or media services for free, to their detriment. Thus, the NSN has chosen to allow survivors to identify and explore their own volunteer opportunities on their own terms. The NSN does not share opportunities that pay less than $25/hour at all, and our hourly external consulting rates for our consultants start at $81.25/hour and increase with skill in alignment with similar paid consultant roles.
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Minimum expectations in order for us to even forward your opportunity to our listserv: Often, there are power dynamics that fuel an expectation that survivors share their trauma stories. Many of us will sometimes share details of our stories, but find that others then hyperfocus on our stories as the primary indicator of our value. Because the NSN is committed to shifting this norm and highlighting the skills and insights our members have, we no longer share opportunities that mandate a survivor share their personal trauma stories. Many of our members have been exploited by organizations using them for storytelling, with one member noting that she joined the NSN specifically to do advocacy work with a higher degree of privacy.
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Recommended practices: The NSN is more likely to share opportunities to collaborate on the development of an idea. If you are submitting a request for a consultant on an already-developed project, please add a sentence indicating how survivor input was incorporated during the planning process.
Minimum expectations in order for us to even forward your opportunity to our listserv: Research opportunities must either have an IRB or a readily available organizational safeguarding and ethics policy.
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The NSN spent four of our meetings in 2022 collectively developing a pay structure that is agreeable to our broad membership, that allows us to balance fair pay with maximum reach, and that allowed active members to offer input, revision, and their own ideas about how we will pay our contractors. Following is our agreed upon pay scale, which we agreed to revisit in May of 2023.
Referrals: Occasionally, the NSN will pass along opportunities from other organizations seeking someone to contract directly with them. This is not out of the NSN’s contractor budget, and the NSN does not oversee or have responsibility for these projects, although we welcome feedback about our contractors and contract organization’s experiences.
External contracts: This is when an outside organization contracts directly with the NSN (through Cast) to perform work for the organization, whether it is one of the trainings off of our menu, collaboration or consulting on a project, or even consultant requests from other departments at Cast. The NSN will then directly contract with and supervise contractors.
Internal contracts: OPERATIONS & PRACTICUM: The NSN offers a select number of paid contract opportunities for our internal operations to allow consultants to practice their skills while supporting the work of the NSN. These roles are for our members to work with the NSN on an NSN-initiated project or training (such as work on our forthcoming human trafficking prevention document, independent research, workgroup coordinators, or an NSN skill-building session). These are outputs that support our membership or our movement work that are free of charge, and we do not generate income off of these. We also consistently offer to credit authorship if desired. These are typically opportunities to support the NSN’s work, gain nonprofit experience, and build your resume while practicing skill learned through the NSN’s mentoring and educational programs. Like with our external contracts, all meetings (including supervision/mentoring meetings) except for the initial interest or interview, are to be paid at the regular rate.
Internal contracts: EXECUTIVE and/or LEADERSHIP TRAINING: While the above are opportunities for earlier-career professionals (or new-to-trafficking, or new-to-nonprofits professionals), we recognize that many of you come to the NSN with extensive experience and may do projects for us that requires a high level of specialized skills or knowledge. Rates set by contractor and if it is allowable in our budget we will pay. All meetings, except the initial interest/interview meeting, are to be paid at the regular rate.
Focus groups or interviews: Members who are not a primary contractor on a project but agree to be interviewed about their recommendations or professional experiences for us to synthesize into practice recommendations can be part of an interview or focus group. None of these will be interviews about your trafficking experiences, but are rather about your professional, organizational, and educational experiences and needs.
Surveys for internal use: This would be NSN-generated surveys to determine needs of members and satisfaction with the programming. These will not ask questions about our members’ trafficking experiences, and should not take more than 15-20 minutes to complete.
Surveys for external products: This would be NSN-generated surveys to determine practice recommendations for the movement. Findings would be incorporated into our public messaging and documents. These will not usually ask questions about your trafficking experience, and should not take more than 15-20 minutes to complete.
Mentoring/PD rates: As part of our equity priorities and desire to make attending professional development accessible, we offer optional mentoring and professional development stipends that could be paid to members for attendance at selected professional development or mentoring projects. This requires SLPM requesting the development to support a contractor’s work OR prior written approval from the SLPM. These are offering a small stipend to make attendance at trainings more accessible, and are intended to offset expenses like childcare, missed work, etc. Members who do not need this support or are able to attend on their regular work time may opt out to save the funds for a contractor who would otherwise find it prohibitive to attend.
The National Survivor Network (NSN) is open to survivors of all forms of human trafficking. To become an NSN Consultant, you must ﬁrst become a member of the NSN. To become an NSN Member, please visit our Membership page to learn more about joining the National Survivor Network.