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NSN Statement on 2024 Trafficking Survivors Relief Act (TSRA)

In 2024, a version of the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act (TSRA) was introduced that had removed protections for immigrant survivors. The NSN is unable to support the bill in its current form until it includes protections for migrants. 

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NSN Input to UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls and commercial sex

In 2024, we submitted feedback in response to the UN Special Rapporteur for Violence Against …

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NSN Input for 2023 TIP Report

On February 1, the NSN submitted input to the US State Department to inform next year’s Trafficking in Persons Report.

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Recentering Sex Worker Safety in Anti-Trafficking Work: Perspectives from the Field

Survivor leaders have always been at the forefront of sex worker safety work, and yet the anti-trafficking sector has rarely considered their needs and recommendations. This guidebook by Freedom Network USA and the National Survivor Network recenters their wisdom while offering practical guidance for how to do anti-trafficking work without harming sex workers in five main categories: services, outreach and identification, partnerships, funding and resources, and public policy.

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Cast’s Debt Bondage Repair Act Guide

The Debt Bondage Repair Act (DBRA) is designed to empower survivors of human trafficking to repair their credit. This act acknowledges the immense challenges faced by survivors and provides a pathway o remove adverse credit information resulting from their trafficking victimization. This guide provides tips for survivors, service providers, government entities, and law enforcement in how to navigate the DBRA process.

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Accessibility and Equity Part Three: The Intersection of Disability and Human Trafficking (with Helen Stiver)

In our final session, Helen covers the ways that individuals with disabilities experience unique vulnerabilities to trafficking.

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Dissociative Experiences in Survivors of Trafficking: A Clinical Overview by Anastasia Lynge

This presentation provides an accessible clinical overview of dissociative experiences held by survivors of all forms of trafficking. The presentation will offer a series of recommendations, including a supplemental list of further reading and viewing materials, to direct service providers. The presentation will conclude with a call to action for clinical professionals to employ liberatory and evidence-based practices to a chronically underserved population.

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NSN’s Safeguarding and Grievance Policies

The NSN’s documents that describe how we navigate preventing and mitigating harm in our communities through effective values-based safeguarding and transformative grievance policies.

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Centering People with Lived Experiences As Social Service Leaders in Sex Trafficking, Sex Trading, and Youth Organizations: A Qualitative, Community-Engaged Study

In this video presentation, recorded for the International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, survivors’ experiences of social services leadership are compared and contrasted based upon how the survivor entered into their leadership (through the anti-trafficking sector or through other movement work).

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Living Into Our Values with Brene Brown

“In our first Unlocking Us episode of 2022, we take a deep dive into values.  I can’t think of a more powerful way to double down on ourselves than getting clear on our values and the behaviors that support them—and the shit that gets in the way. Join us as Barrett and I talk through a values exercise PDF that we made for you to do your own values work.”

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White Supremacy Culture in Organizations

This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations. These attitudes and behaviors can show up in any group or organization, whether it is white-led or predominantly white or people of color-led or predominantly people of color.

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Accessibility and Equity Part Two: Creating Accessible Online Spaces (with Helen Stiver)

In this weekly skill session, Helen Stiver shares how to improve accessibility when hosting online spaces.

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Accessibility and Equity Part One: Understanding Disabilities (with Helen Stiver)

In this introductory session, Helen walks us through different categories of disability and best practices for each to increase accessibility and equity in our work.

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Pitching and Publishing Op-Eds, Essays, and Articles

In this video training, Sabra Boyd offers an introduction to how to pitch op-eds, essays, and articles to get your message out there and shift the public narrative about trafficking.

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Media Relations Training for Trafficking Survivors by Sabra Boyd

In this video, Sabra Boyd provides a basic introduction to media relations for people with lived experience of trafficking.

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Teach Trafficking Truths – Day of Instagram Lives!

On September 6th, viewers joined several different organizations on Instagram Live to ask questions, learn more about actual anti-trafficking information, and to address common myths. Visit teachtraffickingtruths.org and click on an organization’s logo to see the video of their live!

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HR2601 Hotline Bill Would Harm Trafficking Survivors

To: Speaker Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Minority Leader Mitch …

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Girls Do What They Have to Do to Survive: Illuminating Methods Used by Girls in the Sex Trade and Street Economy to Fight Back and Heal

This participatory action research study by the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, a social justice organizing project led by and for young people of color who have current or former experience in the sex trade and street economies, addresses the violence that girls in sex trade and street economies face, as well as their resilience and resistance methods.

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Facilitation Prompts for Training and Dialogue

When facilitating interactive discussions or training, getting the participants speaking up and engaged can be intimidating. Consider using elements of these facilitation prompts to spark your facilitation skills!

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Why Decriminalizing Sex Work is more than just Decriminalizing Sex Work: a manifesto by Emi Koyama

Often, people misrepresent safety for sex workers as “leaving people in bad situations” or assume that it does not address “on-roads” and “off-ramps.” This is typically a misdirection strategy used by partial criminalization advocates to create a straw man argument to rally opposition to sex worker safety initiatives. 

In this blog post, Emi Koyama reminds us that “The oft-repeated statement “sex work is work” does not imply that everything is fine with sex work as is. It means that sex work is a site of survival, of struggles and accomplishments, of exploitation and resistance, of degradation and dignity, like any other work.”

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Diamond’s Story by Sabra Boyd

Diamond’s Story is a composite created for the National Survivor Network. Use allowed provided appropriate citation.

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Lilliana’s Story by Sabra Boyd

Lilliana’s Story is a composite created for the National Survivor Network. Use allowed provided appropriate citation.

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Sonia’s Story by Sabra Boyd

Sonia’s Story is a composite created for the National Survivor Network. Use allowed provided appropriate citation.

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Liam’s Story by Sabra Boyd

Liam’s Story is a composite created for the National Survivor Network. Use allowed provided appropriate citation.

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Placing survivor wellbeing on the policy and evidence map

This study aimed to update the evidence base on survivors’ access to psychological assistance in England and Wales and sought to: (1) establish if survivors are receiving their entitled assistance; (2) document in what format and settings the assistance is received; and (3) understand barriers to access and the impact of psychological assistance on survivors’ mental wellbeing.

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Hablemos De La Seguridad En Línea

This set of two videos (available in English and in Spanish) highlights a strengths-based approach to discussing online safety with youth in a way that moves beyond fear-mongering and into trust-building, and that encourages young people to honor that “uh-oh” feeling when something doesn’t feel right. Click the title to see each item, or click “view” to go to the website.

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Let’s Talk About It — Online Safety Videos for younger adolescents

This set of two videos (available in English and in Spanish) highlights a strengths-based approach to discussing online safety with youth in a way that moves beyond fear-mongering and into trust-building, and that encourages young people to honor that “uh-oh” feeling when something doesn’t feel right. Click the title to see each item, or click “view” to go to the website.

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Professional Development Resources by Movement Job Description

This blog post by the NSN features a link to a video training highlighting different kinds of work in the anti-trafficking sector and a list of positions referenced with links to resource compilations of “where to get started” learning how to do that work. Updated regularly, always in process.

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Latiné/Latinx Resources

Click to view hotlines and other resources for Latiné/Latinx survivors and communities.

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Native and Indigenous Resources

Click to view hotlines and other resources for Native and Indigenous survivors and communities.

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Black and African American Resources

Click to view hotlines and other resources for Black and/or African American survivors and communities.

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2SLGBTQ* Resources

Click to view resources for 2SLGBTQ* survivors and communities.

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Asian Resources

Click to view hotlines and other resources for Asian survivors and communities.

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NAEH: How to Get Help If You Are Experiencing Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness does not provide direct services such as housing or case management. If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, please contact your local 2-1-1 hotline or continue reading at their site for more information on how to get help in your community.

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FindHelp.org

Multi-purpose crisis and resource referral tool. Search by zip code and connect to support for financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help.

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Hidden Brain: Mind Reading 2.0: The Double Standard

It is much easier to see bias in other people than to understand and mitigate our own biases. While the dynamics discussed in this podcast are universal, they may be amplified in trauma survivors.

“It’s easy to spot bias in other people, especially those with whom we disagree. But it’s not so easy to recognize our own biases. In the latest in our “Mind Reading 2.0” series, we revisit a favorite conversation with psychologist Emily Pronin. We’ll look at one of the most bewildering aspects of how we read minds — in this case, our own.”

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Hidden Brain: Mind Reading 2.0: Why did you do that?

When we believe we know why someone else made the choices they did, we often get it wrong. While the dynamics discussed in this podcast are universal, they are often amplified for trauma survivors.

“As we go through life, we’re constantly trying to figure out what other people are thinking and feeling. Psychologist Liane Young says this ability to assess other people’s thoughts ​is an extraordinary feat of cognition. But this mental superpower can sometimes lead us astray. This week, we kick off a new series exploring how we understand — or fail to understand — the minds of other people.” 

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Hidden Brain: Mind Reading 2.0: How others see you

What are “social illusions” and how do they distort our understandings of how others see us? While the dynamics described in this podcast are universal, they are often amplified for trauma survivors.

“It’s not easy to know how we come across to others, especially when we’re meeting people for the first time. Psychologist Erica Boothby says many of us underestimate how much other people actually like us. In the second installment of our Mind Reading 2.0 series, we look at how certain social illusions give us a distorted picture of ourselves.”

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Trello: The Dos And Don’ts Of Venting In The Workplace

“While there is a thin line between venting and complaining, the main difference lies in that venting is a way of blowing off some steam, allowing you to go about your day in a relatively normal manner. In the workplace, having good days and having bad days are a reality of life… The dos and don’ts of venting in the workplace can be a fine line between healthy expression and serious talk with your HR department.”

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Career Contessa: 5 Time Venting is Helpful and 5 Times It’s Harmful

“Sometimes venting is the answer and sometimes it simply isn’t. Here are the times when venting is a release and the times when venting can actually be destructive.”

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The Muse: 4 Ways to Make Venting at Work Actually Productive

“Venting isn’t uncommon—in fact, in the typical workplace, I’d say it’s almost inevitable… Frustrations happen, and venting is an easy way to blow off steam. But just because it happens doesn’t mean it’s OK. Constantly venting can spread negativity and bring your colleagues down—not to mention that it can be disruptive and annoying to the rest of your team. So if it’s going to happen, make it happen the right way. Here’s how.”

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Hidden Brain: How to Complain Productively

We all need to vent, and also sometimes we do so in ways that exacerbate harm and make our situations worse, and that reduce the likelihood of repair or accountability. This podcast episode explores how to complain productively.

“We often look down on people who complain a lot. Yet when something goes wrong in our own lives, many of us go straight to griping, grumbling and kvetching. This week. we talk with psychologist Robin Kowalski about how we can complain more effectively. We’ll also hear from psychologist Mike Baer, who offers ways we can give better feedback to a friend or colleague who comes to us with complaints.”

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Trauma and Dissociation Resources

Folder of self-care and trauma-healing resources for survivors of trauma or to manage dissociation.

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SWOP USA: Resources

SWOP USA’s resources page includes resources about online and internet safety and security, racial justice, SESTA/ FOSTA,  policy, self care, know your rights, and and police violence.

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Pineapple Support: Therapy for Online Adult Industry Workers

Pineapple Support provides 24/7 online, emotional support as well as free and subsidized professional therapy and advice to all performers and producers who have been active in the adult online industry within the past 6 months.

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US State Department: Know Your Rights for Temporary Workers

The Department of State has prepared a document to help you know your rights while working in the United States.

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Find Your Local Partner or Domestic Violence Agency

Search the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s directory. Additionally, your state coalition against domestic violence may know of additional local resources.

IPV (intimate partner violence) and DV (domestic violence) organizations provide services which may include local hotlines, crisis support, medical and legal accompaniment, shelter, emergency funds, case management, therapy, support groups, and/or referrals to other assistance.

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RAINN: Find your local rape crisis center

Search RAINN’s directory to find your local rape crisis center. Additionally, your state’s coalition against sexual violence might have additional resources.

Rape crisis centers provide services which may include local hotlines, crisis support, medical and legal accompaniment, emergency funds, case management, therapy, support groups, and/or referrals to other assistance. They support all survivors of sexual violence, which includes child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, stalking, and sex trafficking.

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BetterHelp

BetterHelp is an online therapy platform whose mission is “Making professional therapy accessible, affordable, and convenient — so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime and anywhere.” The NSN is able to provide betterhelp vouchers for select members (external conditions apply), and many members have reported positive experiences with this program.

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Transform Harm: 10 Strategies For Cultivating Community Accountability

Community accountability can be creating communal support for those impacted, and/or collectively interrupting, challenging, stopping, and shifting abusive behavior and the underlying systems that support it. The key is working collectively in community rather than relying on external authorities and systems of oppression. It is not a formulaic set of responses, but grows organically in relation to the specific people and relationships involved.

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Bay Area Transformative Justice Coalition Resources

All the pieces linked here represent years of learning, practicing, and organizing around transformative justice, community accountability, abolition, and alternatives to the criminal legal system. Thank you to all the amazing people who have created them. Please read, share, and learn and be sure to lend proper attribution to the creators of all the content. Audio recordings available for accessibility.

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In It Together: A Framework for Conflict Transformation In Movement-Building Groups

Explore the tools and resources that support the use of human-centered, non-punitive accountability practices in movement spaces.

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The Four Parts of Accountability & How To Give A Genuine Apology

Being able to recognize when we have caused harm and work to make repair is essential to community accountability. We often focus our curiosity about accountability on how others can take accountability for harm they caused us, while failing to be thoughtful about the ways we have caused harm. In 2022, the NSN hosted Mia Mingus for a powerful workshop based on this blog post, which is essential learning for all of us in this sector.

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Incident Documentation Form

Sometimes when we are overwhelmed or triggered, we can forget details and dates. What felt like it happened once or twice might have happened six times, or what felt like it happened over a dozen times may have happened twice. In general, it is a good idea to document incidences that are part of a pattern both to help with remembering what happened and when, as well as with preserving any evidence. This form provides a simple way to document challenges in case it arises to the level of a grievance.

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Communicating in Conservative Contexts: Strategies for Raising Health Equity Issues Effectively

To eliminate health disparities, we need to make progress in states and regions where conservative opinions are the norm. Some ways of talking about health equity topics can backfire in conservative contexts – while others can unlock the door to support for good policy. In this session, the FrameWorks Institute will share pragmatic strategies for navigating toward justice in red-state terrain. Each recommendation is grounded in evidence from empirical research showing that reframing can help to build common ground on even the most divisive public health topics.

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Framing Health Equity: Communication Strategies that Work

Drawing on FrameWorks’ research on critical health equity topics like tobacco health burdens, maternal and infant health, and oral health access, we teamed up with a county health director to share about communication strategies that elevate health equity issues and mobilize the public and political will for change. Listen in for a guided tour of proven, evidence-based strategies for explaining what health equity is, why it matters, and how to advance it.

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Framing Community Safety: Guidance for Effective Communication

This document (and its associated one-pager) from Frameworks Institute offers guidance for how to frame community safety in your advocacy and awareness efforts for increased community understanding and buy-in.

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Addressing Human Trafficking Through Sytems

This scoping review examines 237 articles, reports and grey literature containing research from Canada, the United States of America and the WHO European Region. It summarizes and synthesizes this evidence-informed research to help Member States in addressing the intersection of health care and trafficking and in attempts to prevent and respond to human trafficking.

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Demanding an End to the Criminalization of Survivors

An excerpt from Cast’s 2022 Impact Report on the impacts of criminalizing survivors.

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Promoting Survivors’ Health and Wellbeing

Excerpt from Cast’s 2022 Impact Report about Promoting Survivors’ Health and Wellbeing.

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Addressing the Housing Crisis

PDF from Cast’s 2022 Impact Report about the connections between housing/homelessness and trafficking.

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About Cast

Share-able pdf about Cast from Cast’s 2022 Impact Report, including quotes from NSN members.

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The invisible influence of language in power and abuse dynamics

This is a training that was delivered in 2022 to a cohort of advocates in a survivor leadership cohort to identify how language and power dynamics can create patterns of power and control, even between trauma survivors, and how that shows up in our personal and professional relationships.

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A Review of the Criminalisation of Paying for Sexual Services in Northern Ireland

Ellison, G., Dhonaill, C.N., Early, E., A Review of the Criminalisation of Paying for Sexual Services in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Queens University, Department of Justice, (2019). Available at: https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/justice/report-criminalisation-paying-for-sex.pdf

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What Do Sex Workers Think About the French Prostitution Act?: A Study on the Impact of the Law

Le Bail, H., Giametta, C., Rassouw, N. (2018). What Do Sex Workers Think About the French Prostitution Act?: A Study on the Impact of the Law From 13 April 2016, Against the ‘Prostitution System’ in France, [Research Report] Médecins du Monde. pp.96 (2019) Available at: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02115877/document

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Prostitution and Violence: Evidence from Sweden

Perlotta Berlin, M., Immordino, G., Russo, F., & Spagnolo, G, Prostitution and Violence: Evidence from Sweden, Centre for Economic Policy Research, (August, 2020). Available at: https://repec.cepr.org/repec/cpr/ceprdp/DP15188.pdf

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Governing in the Name of Caring—The Nordic Model of Prostitution and its Punitive Consequences for Migrants who Sell Sex

Vuolajarvi, N., Governing in the Name of Caring—The Nordic Model of Prostitution and its Punitive Consequences for Migrants who Sell Sex, Sexuality Research & Soc. Policy, 16, 151-165, (2019). Available at: https://berufsverband-sexarbeit.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2018-Vuolaj%C3%A4rvi-Governing-in-the-Name-of-Caring-the-Nordic-Model-of-Prostitution-and-its-Punitive-Consequences-for-Migrants-Who-Sell-Sex.pdf

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Sweden’s Abolitionist Discourse and Law: Effects on the Dynamics of Swedish Sex Work and On the Lives of Sweden’s Sex Workers

Levy, J., & Jakobsson, P. Sweden’s Abolitionist Discourse and Law: Effects on the Dynamics of Swedish Sex Work and On the Lives of Sweden’s Sex Workers. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 14(5), 593-607 (2014). Available at:
https://documentation.lastradainternational.org/lsidocs/3049-Levy%20Sweden.pdf

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Sex Workers’ Access to Police Assistance in Safety Emergencies and Means of Escape from Situations of Violence and Confinement Under an “End Demand” Criminalisation Model: A Five City Study in Canada

Crago A.-L., Bruckert C., Braschel M., Shannon K., Sex Workers’ Access to Police Assistance in Safety Emergencies and Means of Escape from Situations of Violence and Confinement Under an “End Demand” Criminalisation Model: A Five City Study in Canada, MDPI Social Sciences, 10(1):13 (2021). https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10010013

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Underreporting of Violence to Police Among Women Sex Workers in Canada: Amplified Inequities for Im/migrant and In-Call Workers Prior to and Following End-Demand Legislation

McBride, B., K. S., Bingham, B., Braschel, M., Strathdee, S., & Goldenberg, S. M., Underreporting of Violence to Police Among Women Sex Workers in Canada: Amplified Inequities for Im/migrant and In-Call Workers Prior to and Following End-Demand Legislation, Health and Human Rights Journal, Vol. 22, 257, (December, 2020). Avbl. at: https://cdn1.sph.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2469/2020/12/Goldenberg.pdf

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Structural Barriers to Condom Access in a Community-Based Cohort of Sex Workers in Vancouver, Canada: Influence of Policing, Violence and End-Demand Criminalisation

Goldenberg S., Liyanage R., Braschel M., et al. Structural Barriers to Condom Access in a Community-Based Cohort of Sex Workers in Vancouver, Canada: Influence of Policing, Violence and End-Demand Criminalisation BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health; 46:301- 307, (March, 2020). Available at: https://srh.bmj.com/content/46/4/301

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Harms of Third Party Criminalisation Under End-Demand Legislation: Undermining Sex Workers’ Safety and Rights, Culture, Health & Sexuality

Bronwyn McBride, Kate Shannon, Alka Murphy, Sherry Wu, Margaret Erickson, Shira M. Goldenberg & Andrea …

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The Impact of End-Demand Legislation on Sex Workers’ Access to Health and Sex Worker-Led Services: A Community-Based Prospective Cohort Study in Canada

Argento E., Goldenberg S., Braschel M., Machat S., Strathdee S.A., Shannon K., The
Impact of End-Demand Legislation on Sex Workers’ Access to Health and Sex Worker-Led Services: A Community-Based Prospective Cohort Study in Canada, PLoS ONE 15(4):
e0225783. (2020). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225783

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Sex Workers’ Experiences and Occupational Conditions Post-Implementation of End-Demand Criminalisation in Metro Vancouver, Canada.

Machat S., Shannon K., Braschel M., Morehart S. & Goldenberg S.M., Sex Workers’ Experiences and Occupational Conditions Post-Implementation of End-Demand Criminalisation in Metro Vancouver, Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, (2019). Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6825525/

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Criminalizing Sex Work Clients and Rushed Negotiations among Sex Workers Who Use Drugs in a Canadian Setting

Landsberg, A., Shannon, K., Krüsi, A., DeBeck, K., Milloy, M., Nosova, E., Hayashi, K., Criminalizing Sex Work Clients and Rushed Negotiations Among Sex Workers Who Use Drugs in a Canadian Setting, Journal of Urban Health, 94(4), 563-571, (2017). Avbl. at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5533660/pdf/11524_2017_Article_155.pdf

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Criminalisation of Clients: Reproducing Vulnerabilities for Violence and Poor Health Among Street-Based Sex Workers in Canada—A Qualitative Study

Krüsi A., Pacey K., Bird L., et al. Criminalisation of Clients: Reproducing Vulnerabilities for Violence and Poor Health Among Street-Based Sex Workers in Canada—A Qualitative
Study, BMJ Open, (2014).

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We Name It So We Can Repair It: Rethinking Harm, Accountability, and Repair in the Anti-trafficking Sector (executive summary)

This executive summary articulates the high-level findings of a months-long working group of experienced anti-trafficking leaders with lived experience, most of whom also mentor newer leaders and help them navigate challenging situations. It outlines kinds of harm survivors experience within the anti-trafficking sector, explains an approach to harm and repair, and offers concrete recommendations for funders, organizations, and survivors working in the sector.

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We Name It So We Can Repair It: Rethinking Harm, Accountability, and Repair in the Anti-trafficking Sector (full report)

This report articulates the findings of a months-long working group of experienced anti-trafficking leaders with lived experience, most of whom also mentor newer leaders and help them navigate challenging situations. It outlines kinds of harm survivors experience within the anti-trafficking sector, explains an approach to harm and repair, and offers concrete recommendations for funders, organizations, and survivors working in the sector.

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Survivor Storytelling Workbook for advocates with lived experience

View our full workbook for advocates with lived experience working in the many movements to end violence as they explore whether or not, when, and how to share their lived experience of trauma, and how to navigate boundaries along the way. Click “view” for a printable PDF; click listing title to access a fillable Google Doc.

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Survivor Storytelling Story Structure Worksheet

Worksheet from the Survivor Storytelling Workbook to help speakers organize a compelling story structure. Click “view” to see a printable PDF, and click on the listing title to view a fillable Google Doc.

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Survivor Storytelling Worksheet for Evaluating a Single Engagement

Worksheet from the Survivor Storytelling Workbook to help survivors evaluate whether or not to accept an invitation to a specific opportunity or engagement. Click “view” for a printable PDF, and click on the listing title to access a fillable Google Doc.

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Survivor Storytelling Crafting Story Arc Worksheet

Worksheet from the Survivor Storytelling Workbook to help speakers think through identifying and crafting their story arc. Click “view” to see the printable PDF, and click on the listing title to access a fillable Google Doc.

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Survivor Storytelling Safety and Privacy Checklist

Checklist from the Survivor Storytelling Workbook to help survivors think through safety and privacy concerns and planning when sharing their stories publicly. Click “view” for printable PDF, and click on the listing title to access a fillable Google Doc.

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Basic Instructions for analyzing the Meaningful Engagement surveys

(PDF can be found by clicking “View,” accessible text instructions can be found by clicking the title of this listing to see the full listing.)

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Contract Checklist

Helpful guide for what to look for in a contract to make sure you understand and can successfully complete it, and helpful questions and considerations for planning and completing contract work. Click “View” for the PDF; click the listing title for a fillable Google Docs version.

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Sample Contract

Sample contract for consulting work with an organization.

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Monthly Contractor Timesheet Template

Sample contractor timesheet for use to submit to one organization.

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NSN Core Values

All members are expected to be in alignment with the NSN’s Core Values, which guide how we communicate with each other, how we understand the root causes of human trafficking and thus appropriate solutions, and what kinds of policies we will be advocating for. (English, Swahili)

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NSN At a Glance

What does membership mean? What does it not mean? Who can speak on behalf of the NSN? This document clarifies the roles, responsibilities, expectations, and opportunities for NSN members.

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NSN Expectations for How We Show Up (formerly “Code of Conduct”)

All members are expected to abide by our Expectations for How We Show Up in the NSN and When Representing Ourselves as a Part of This Network. (English, Swahili)

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State Attorneys General Resist a Victim-Centered Hotline; NSN Responds

On March 3, the National Survivor Network sent a letter in response to a recent letter signed by 36 state’s Attorneys General that misunderstands and misrepresents the purpose of a victim-centered hotline.

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NSN Comments on FTC Regulation Banning Noncompete Clauses

The National Survivor Network (NSN) is a values-based, survivor-led professional membership network for survivors of …

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Fostering Community Growth and Resilience

This video is part four of a four-part series on community accountability led by Rebekah Layton. It was the pre-work for our February 25 NSN weekly skills session for onboarded NSN members. You can view the full series in our “Community Accountability” playlist

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Radicalmente No Juzgar: La Práctica de Reducción de Daños

Este panel cubre: – ¿Qué queremos decir con “no juzgar radicalmente”? – ¿Qué es la reducción de daños? ¿Qué no es? – ¿Cómo llevamos una lente interseccional a la práctica de la reducción de daños? – ¿Por qué es esencial un enfoque de reducción de daños cuando se trabaja con personas en el sexo comercial en todo el espectro de agencia, incluso cuando se trabaja con los sobrevivientes de la trata?

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Radical Nonjudgment in Survivor Advocacy: Harm Reduction in Practice

This panel will address: – What do we mean by “radical nonjudgment”? – What is harm reduction? What is it not? – How do we bring an intersectional lens to the practice of harm reduction? – Why is a harm reduction approach essential when working with people in commercial sex across the spectrum of agency, including trafficking survivors?

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Full Frame Initiative Engagement Discovery Kit

Rethink how you engage with others and center wellbeing with this kit designed for organizations and individuals who are interested in revamping intakes, assessment and engagement processes.

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Full Frame Initiative Data Collection & Survivor Success Tool

How we collect data, what data we collect and what we consider to be success impacts our practices and what we prioritize in programming, sometimes to the detriment of equity and wellbeing. This tool provides a list of questions to consider when collecting program data and analyzing indicators of survivor success.

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From Safety Planning to Wellbeing Planning: A Toolkit for Change

In collaboration with Alliance for Hope International, the Full Frame Initiative designed this resource primarily for programs that focus their work with people who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. It provides actionable information, exercises, and tools to help shift from a singular focus on short-term safety toward increasing survivor safety in the context of creating opportunities to support long-term wellbeing.

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Full Frame Initiative Tradeoffs Analysis Tools for Change

Resources and tools for evaluating the tradeoffs involved in change at the individual or policy level, how to anticipate tradeoffs, and how to reduce harmful impacts on marginalized populations.

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Jackson’s Story by Ron Kalemba

Jackson’s story is a composite created for the National Survivor Network. Use allowed provided appropriate citation.

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What Does Taking Accountability Look Like? with Rebekah Layton

This video is part three of a four-part series on community accountability led by Rebekah Layton. It was the pre-work for our February 17 NSN weekly skills session for onboarded NSN members. You can view the full series in our “Community Accountability” playlist on YouTube.

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Sample Staff Quarterly (Board) Report Template

Work somewhere that you need to submit or request a quarterly report to the board about staff or program activities? The NSN created a simple template you can adapt for your purposes.

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Program Plan Template

Write out a detailed program plan to outline your goals and objectives and how you will work towards them in manageable, specific, time-bound steps. Helpful for writing grants and developing evaluations for your work.

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RSP Evaluation Toolkit

This evaluation toolkit combines a philosophical approach to evaluation with options and links to deeper learning about a wide variety of evaluation tools.

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Task Force Logic Model and Evaluation Worksheet

Task Force Logic Model and Evaluation Worksheet: A simple form intended to help draft a logic model for a task force and track task force development through a series of stages.

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Creating an Effective Dissemination Plan

How to Create a Dissemination Plan (pdf of CDC webinar slides) Whenever you create a resource — a toolkit, training, or book — it is helpful to have a “Dissemination Plan” to help you guide the rollout and public reach of your efforts!

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Nonprofit Financial Tracking/Report

Sample ledger for monthly income and expenses for nonprofits and/or businesses. Make a copy in order to edit.

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Sample Consultant Invoice

Sample Consultant Invoice: Make a copy before editing

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Why is Community Accountability Important?

This video is part two of a four-part series on community accountability led by Rebekah Layton. It was the pre-work for our February 10 NSN weekly skills session for onboarded NSN members.

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Pollicy’s Digital Advocacy Toolkit

To conduct digital advocacy effectively, one needs to have a clear plan in mind, a good understanding of the target audience, and a clear picture of the intended results.

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NSN 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report Input

View the feedback we sent to the U.S. Department of State on behalf of our members for the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report.

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Core Foundations for Community Accountability

This video is part one of a four-part series on community accountability led by Rebekah Layton. It was the pre-work for our February 3 NSN weekly skills session for onboarded NSN members.

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Meaningful Engagement of People With Lived Experience: January 25 Launch Panel Discussion

On January 25, 2023, the NSN and GFEMS co-hosted a hybrid in-person and virtual launch event to introduce our Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience toolkit. Click the button to listen to the podcast of that event on Soundcloud, and click the title to the left to listen while viewing a transcript.

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Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience Toolkit

This toolkit provides a framework and analysis for understanding, assessing, and prioritizing meaningful survivor engagement. Learn more about the Lived Experience Engagement Spectrum and how to move your organization up the Lived Experience Inclusion Ladder. Learn about how to address common barriers to meaningful lived experience and get access to 30+ pages of surveys, tools, and evaluation guidance you can use to measure your organization’s progress.

(Screen reader-accessible Google Doc versions linked in the full resource listing, as well as editable tools for your use.)

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Emergent Space (alternative to “brave” and “safe” space facilitation)

If you’ve ever felt like “safe space” was too bubble-wrapped but that “brave space” felt too risky, this booklet is for you, and uses the principles of Emergent Strategy to create a third option! But first, how are they different? How are they similar? Emergent Space attempts to bring together the best parts of both brave and safe space frameworks using a holistic, anti-oppression lens.

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Empowering Meaningful Survivor Engagement in the Movement

Our theme for Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month (January, 2022) was 31 Days of Change to Empower Survivor Leadership in the Anti-Human Trafficking Movement. Each day of the month, we shared a recommendation for movement change that could empower survivor leaders.

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Workplaces Respond National Resource Center

Workplaces Respond provides resources, training, and technical assistance to employers, survivors, co-workers, and advocates to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual harassment and violence, and stalking impacting the workplace.

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Highlights from Care, Self-Determination, and Safety: A Community-Centered, Public Health Approach to Preventing Human Trafficking

This shorter document includes key points and highlights from Care, Self-Determination, and Safety — the NSN’s foundational prevention document.

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Care, Self-Determination, and Safety: A Community-Centered, Public Health Approach to Preventing Human Trafficking

Care, Self-Determination, and Safety outlines the NSN’s approach to preventing human trafficking using a community-centered, public health, root causes approach that changes the societal and structural drivers that perpetuate human trafficking.

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The Role of the Organizer

At the NSN, we draw on and hope to build upon the deep historical legacy of community organizing and grassroots solidarity. Following is a resource on the role of the organizer, by Mike Miller. Mike Miller is a 60 year veteran community organizer working in the tradition of Saul Alinsky, for whom he was a project director, and the Deep South organizing of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, on whose staff he served for five years.

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Unfreedom in labour relations: from a politics of rescue to a politics of solidarity?

Excerpt: “This Special Forum seeks to explore the possibilities for challenging labour unfreedoms through exercising solidarity.

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Engagement of lived experience in international policy and programming in human trafficking and modern slavery: reflections from North America

This is the North America regional report for: A Review of Promising Practices in the Engagement of People with Lived Experience to Address Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Additional resources can be accessed on the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (the Modern Slavery PEC) website.

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Full report: A review of current promising practices in the engagement of people with lived experience to address modern slavery and human trafficking

This is the full report: A Review of Promising Practices in the Engagement of People with Lived Experience to Address Modern Slavery and
Human Trafficking. Additional resources can be accessed on the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (the Modern Slavery PEC) website

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Research Summary: Promising practices in the engagement of people with lived experience to address modern slavery and human trafficking

This is a summary of the report: A Review of Promising Practices in the Engagement of People with Lived Experience to Address Modern Slavery and
Human Trafficking. The full report can be accessed on the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (the Modern Slavery PEC) website.

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Darnell’s Story by Chris Ash

Darnell’s story is a composite created for Freedom Network USA’s Decal Project campaign. Use allowed provided appropriate citation. Content warning: homelessness, substance use

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Maryam’s Story by Chris Ash

Maryam’s story is a composite created for Freedom Network USA’s Decal Project campaign. Use allowed provided appropriate citation. Content warning: forced labor, threats of sexual violence, domestic servitude

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Alex’s Story by Chris Ash

Alex’s story is a composite created for Freedom Network USA’s Decal Project campaign. Use allowed provided appropriate citation. Content warning: homophobia, trafficking in commercial sex, threats of deportation

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Mel’s Story by Chris Ash

Mel’s story is a composite story of someone with lived experience of child sexual abuse, domestic minor sex trafficking, adult sex work, and adult trafficking within commercial sex. It is a helpful teaching tool for “meeting the person where they are” and how someone’s healthcare, service, and support needs might change at different points in their life.

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Trauma-informed Interpretation

This training offers an overview for interpreters and organizations that work with interpreters on a trauma-informed approach when interpreting for survivors.

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Event Host Guidelines for facilitating an inclusive and professional space for speakers and trainers

Guidelines by the NSN and HEAL Trafficking for facilitating an inclusive and professional space when hiring speakers and trainers.

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Active and Reflective Listening as a Support Person

This training offers a basic overview of active and reflective listening skills that can be used in peer support, crisis response, and facilitator spaces.

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Tips for Managing Workplace Trauma Responses

This series explores common trauma triggers survivors may experience in their professional lives, and offers sample language for professional replies.

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Scarcity Thinking and Movement Leadership

An incomplete understanding of “survivor leadership” in the work can lead to a sense of competition between people with lived experience in the work, rather than a sense of solidarity. What do we mean by “scarcity thinking” in this context? What kinds of work are there in our movement and sector? Where do we begin to move into regular work in the movement? This training explores these questions and more.

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Trauma-Informed Storytelling

Blog post with associated video training highlighting principles of trauma-informed storytelling and why it is important to use in your advocacy and education efforts.

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Rethinking Survivor Leadership

This training from the National Survivor Network rethinks how we understand “survivor leadership” and offers practical tips and solutions for survivors, our allies, and organizations leading the effort to end human trafficking.

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Research Guide to Conducting Ethical Research on the Sex Trades

This research guide from the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center provides an …

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Navigating Professional Boundaries

Video training with examples of how to navigate boundaries in the workplace

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NSN Statement on End Demand

On May 20, 2022, the NSN formally released a statement wholeheartedly opposing end demand (“Demand …

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SPOG Submission on Racial Equity in Anti-Trafficking Work

On March 14, 2022, the National Survivor Network submitted feedback to the human trafficking Senior Policy Operating Group (SPOG) on racial equity in human trafficking.

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Section 230 Protects All of Us

In our explanation of the EARN IT Act and our concerns around privacy, surveillance, community organizing, and safety we used a parallel of a coffee shop to highlight how to think through privacy concerns with digital surveillance.

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Tips for Negotiating Pay

NSN writeup to support the development of negotiating employment or contract work

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Sample and Template Forms for Nonprofit Leadership

This page includes ideas for templates and sample products/policies nonprofit professionals may find useful. Consider saving these forms, or similar forms, into a folder you share with new hires as part of their onboarding. 

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