Events

Supporting Women in the Sex Industry & Women Trafficked – Feb/March

Supporting Women in the Sex Industry & Women Trafficked for Sexual Exploitation : Professional Development Workshops – Feb & May 2020

Training Aims

The aim of this FREE training is to enhance knowledge and skills within the community sector to ensure frontline staff are informed of and responsive to the issues and experiences of women in the sex industry and women trafficked for sexual exploitation.

These aims support the broader goal of enabling women in the sex industry to access community support services without experiencing stigma and discrimination.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the professional development workshop, participants will be able to:

  • discuss Project Respect’s vision, mission and services for women
  • explain what constitutes sex work in Victoria, the legislation that underpins it and the nature and scope of exploitation
  • explain the components of human trafficking as well as the indicators and support pathways
  • discuss how family violence uniquely impacts on women in the sex industry
  • describe the types of stigma and discrimination women in the sex industry face, including those from CaLD backgrounds, and how it impacts their daily lives and impedes access to services
  • tailor the support you provide women in the sex industry, including those from CaLD backgrounds, by identifying appropriate referral pathways and resources available to your client/s

Prerequisite Knowledge: Knowledge of what constitutes family violence, basic knowledge of risk assessment

Organisational Benefits

Once trained, your organisation will:

  • have built knowledge, capacity and capability to provide support to a specific cohort, recognised as one of 12
    diverse communities in the recently launched Victorian Government Everybody Matters: Inclusion and Equity
    Statement
  • have developed knowledge around utilising sensitive and non stigmatising language when supporting women from
    the industry
  • have an increased capacity to identify human trafficking indicators
  • be placed on our local services list that is given to women during brothel outreach and added to our referral list used
    in case coordination
  • have established a relationship with Project Respect and know who to contact for secondary consults
    regarding women in the sex industry and women trafficked to meet their unique needs and possible barriers when
    referring to external service providers
  • be able to use workshop towards CPD requirements pending confirmation with industry peak body
  • have a greater understanding of the licensed Victorian sex industry and some of the issues experienced by women.

 

Feb-May 2020 Sessions

MELBOURNE Session
Tuesday 4 February
9.30am to 4.30pm
Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

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MONASH Session
Wednesday 12 February
9.30am to 4.30pm
Clayton Community Centre, 9-1515 Cooke Street, Clayton

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WYNDHAM Session
Thursday 27 February
9.30am to 4.30pm
Iramoo Community Centre, 84 Honour Ave, Wyndham Vale

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MELBOURNE Session
Tuesday 17 March
9.30am to 4.30pm
Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

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MELBOURNE Session
Tuesday 21 April
9.30am to 4.30pm
Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

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MELBOURNE Session
Tuesday 19 May
9.30am to 4.30pm
Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

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MORELAND Session
Tuesday 12 May
9.30am to 4.30pm
Coburg Library Meeting Room, 26-36 Louisa Street, Coburg

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Trainers

Rachel Reilly

Rachel Reilly is the Project Respect Executive Director She is committed to social justice, including the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly for women and girls. She has worked in the women’s rights sector for more than 9 years, both in Australia, as well as internationally with several grass roots women’s organisations in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

In her role as Executive Director, Rachel has undertaken extensive advocacy on critical issues for women who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation and women in the Victorian sex industry. She has membership of several groups including the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, Australian Women Against Violence Alliance Advisory Group and, Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence and their Children Advocacy Group.

Rachel has a Bachelor of International Development and is currently undertaking a Master of Human Rights Law at the University of Melbourne.

Amy Evison

Amy Evison is a qualified social worker who also has lived experience of the sex industry. As a practitioner, Amy is therefore uniquely skilled to support women in the sex industry and women trafficked for sexual exploitation at both a micro and macro level. Amy is keen to share her knowledge with the community sector, building workforce capacity in supporting women, understanding the complexities and need for systemic change in this space.

In 2015, Amy established Phoebe’s Friends, a support group for women with experience in the industry; is a founding member of Project Respect’s Women’s Advisory Group which was established in 2017 to provide strategic direction and guidance to the organisation; and, in 2018, Amy joined the Project Respect team as a staff member. In Amy’s role as a case worker she developed, tailored and delivered Project Respect’s Breaking Barriers: Enhancing Employment Pathways program.

Informed by Amy’s personal and professional experience, she strongly believes the sex industry is a place of harm, developed and perpetuated by structural systems and inequality, requiring a gendered lens. This has been the foundation of her passion and commitment to advocate for women’s rights, social justice and gender equity.

Location

Various locations

Time & Date

February 4 @ 8:00 am - May 12 @ 5:00 pm

Additional Info

The cost of this event is: Free

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