Peers is Hiring!!! Motel Coordinators and Motel Outreach Workers

Peers Victoria is hiring a Motel Outreach Team! This hiring call includes positions both as Motel Outreach Workers and Motel Coordinators. Applications to both positions are welcomed.

For more information, please see the job postings here:

Motel Coordinators September 2021

Motel Outreach Workers – September 2021

 

If you are interested in this employment opportunity, please submit a resume and a covering letter that summarizes your relevant experience and skills by October 1, 2021 to peershiring@gmail.com.

Applications from individuals with direct experience in any aspect of the sex industry are especially welcome. We also encourage applications from, but not limited to, indigenous persons, persons of colour, and persons representing diverse genders, sexualities and abilities.

Peers is Hiring!!! Violence Prevention Program Lead and Part-Time workers

Peers is hiring a new Violence Prevention Team! This posting includes 1 Program Lead position and 2 part-time Violence Prevention Worker positions.

More details in the job postings here:

Job Posting _ Violence Prevention and Response Program Lead September 2021

Job Posting _ Violence Prevention Part Time Position September 2021

If you are interested in this employment opportunity, please submit a resume and a covering letter that summarizes your relevant experience and skills by September 29, 2021 to peershiring@gmail.com.

Applications from individuals with direct experience in any aspect of the sex industry are especially welcome. We also encourage applications from, but not limited to, indigenous persons, persons of colour, and persons representing diverse genders, sexualities and abilities.

Peers is Hiring!!! Drop-In Program Lead

Peers is hiring a Drop-In Program Lead!

16 hours per week at $25-27/hour based on experience.

Please check out more details in the job posting: Dropin Facilitator Job Posting – September 2021

If you are interested in this job opportunity, please submit a resume and a cover
letter that summarizes your relevant skills and experience to peershiring@gmail.com by September 24, 2021.

Applications from individuals with direct experience in any aspect of the sex industry are especially welcome. Our group welcomes Indigenous people, people of colour, and people of diverse abilities, genders and sexualities. 

Global anti-trafficking report finds victims left out of funding

The Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women has released its annual report looking at how funds to combat trafficking are being used around the world. The summary and full report are available here but here are some highlights from the report:

  • The majority of funding dedicated to anti-trafficking initiatives is spent in either prevention or prosecution, and that a very small amount of funding is dedicated to victim assistance and/or reintegration services.
    Major donors don’t consult with people who have experienced trafficking as to how funds for anti-trafficking initiatives should be spent
  • Funding for re-integration programs needs to be consistent, and addressing the plethora of social vulnerabilities faced by people who have experienced trafficking are not considered a priority by funding bodies
  • There has been little research undertaken into the amount of funding the anti-trafficking industry attracts and virtually no research on the impact and effectiveness of funded anti-trafficking initiatives
  • Frontline workers report that funding for shelters and other assistance and re-integration services is notoriously difficult to access, whilst funding to attend or facilitate conferences exploring the issues surrounding anti-trafficking is much easier to access.
  • The social construct of anti-trafficking defines the policy response to the issue. Similarly, whether a person is recognised as a “victim” or “migrant” is defined by the media, who are influenced by policy defined by political expediency. Social constructs surrounding anti-trafficking –which are not internationally homogenous- define funding priorities. For example, in the United Kingdom, migrants and people who have experienced trafficking are referred to as “slaves” and those who facilitate migration are referred to as “criminals”: subsequently, the policy and funding response is based on principles of “law and order”. Whereas in the Ukraine, there is a greater emphasis on supporting and assisting people who have experienced trafficking, and policy and funding responses to trafficking issues are based on human rights principles.

Global anti-trafficking report finds victims left out of funding

The Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women has released its annual report looking at how funds to combat trafficking are being used around the world. The summary and full report are available here but here are some highlights from the report:

  • The majority of funding dedicated to anti-trafficking initiatives is spent in either prevention or prosecution, and that a very small amount of funding is dedicated to victim assistance and/or reintegration services.
    Major donors don’t consult with people who have experienced trafficking as to how funds for anti-trafficking initiatives should be spent
  • Funding for re-integration programs needs to be consistent, and addressing the plethora of social vulnerabilities faced by people who have experienced trafficking are not considered a priority by funding bodies
  • There has been little research undertaken into the amount of funding the anti-trafficking industry attracts and virtually no research on the impact and effectiveness of funded anti-trafficking initiatives
  • Frontline workers report that funding for shelters and other assistance and re-integration services is notoriously difficult to access, whilst funding to attend or facilitate conferences exploring the issues surrounding anti-trafficking is much easier to access.
  • The social construct of anti-trafficking defines the policy response to the issue. Similarly, whether a person is recognised as a “victim” or “migrant” is defined by the media, who are influenced by policy defined by political expediency. Social constructs surrounding anti-trafficking –which are not internationally homogenous- define funding priorities. For example, in the United Kingdom, migrants and people who have experienced trafficking are referred to as “slaves” and those who facilitate migration are referred to as “criminals”: subsequently, the policy and funding response is based on principles of “law and order”. Whereas in the Ukraine, there is a greater emphasis on supporting and assisting people who have experienced trafficking, and policy and funding responses to trafficking issues are based on human rights principles.

Members of the Peers Community Write Personal Narratives

In response to the debate surrounding C36 which reduced the complexity and diversity of sex workers’ experiences to polarizing stereotypes, some members of the Peers community wrote narratives for submission to members of the federal government. Narratives from Peers Victoria, Nov 5, 2014