What do we do?
10KW equips human trafficking survivors with the education, skills, and jobs they need to stay safe and stay free.
What makes 10KW different?
Most economic empowerment programs for human trafficking survivors focus on short-term, low-wage (and often low-dignity) jobs that leave them vulnerable to re-trafficking and further exploitation. We help survivors get real jobs — safe, sustainable, and significant — which create real opportunities that lead to real freedom. Forever.
10KW invests in empowerment.
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We equip survivors with the foundational training, resources, and support they need to succeed in the workforce.
The survivor’s journey begins by enrolling in our 12-week Job Readiness Training Program. During this exploratory phase, clients participate in activities that clarify, inspire, and equip them for their future career. Over the three-month period, survivors begin to:
- Discover their unique abilities and interests
- Identify career ambitions
- Explore job opportunities in the community
- Learn important soft skills that employers look for in the hiring process, such as time management, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and teamwork
- Develop their personalized career plan – a concrete, step-by-step vision for reaching their vocational goals
- Meet with a career coach regularly to receive encouragement and assess their progress
By the end of the Equip phase, survivors are well on their way to vocational success and financial security. They know whom they are and where they want to go. And they have a customized plan and the necessary skills that will get them there.
We connect clients with the educational opportunities they need to achieve their individual career dreams and goals.
Once equipped with hope, a concrete plan, and an awareness of the soft skills required for career success (Step 1), survivors often encounter one more obstacle that can keep them from a safe, well-paying job: the right education. Most of our clients are behind in school, many have not graduated from high school, and some have only attended elementary school. No matter how attractive they otherwise may be to employers, not having a basic education threatens their ability to achieve financial security.
So in phase two of the survivor’s journey, we connect clients with the educational opportunities they need to achieve their individual career dreams and goals. These may take the form of:
- Scholarships for high school or vocational schools
- Academic tutoring to help them catch up or obtain a GED-equivalent status
- Emotional support to help them get through the struggles of finishing their education
Armed with the necessary education, survivors now have the outlook, competencies, and the credibility to engage the employment process with confidence.
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It’s a global truth: it’s not just what you know, it’s who you know. And so the last step of our program is to connect clients with the people, networks, and resources in their community that can best help them get the jobs they’ve worked so hard to prepare for.
We do this by engaging them in the following employment-related activities:
- Continued career coaching to support clients through challenges and setbacks along their journey to vocational success
- Job application and résumé support to help clients navigate intimidating application requirements
- Mock interviews to prepare students to excel in tough interviews
- Job referrals to connect clients to pre-screened companies that follow safe labor practices
- Temporary, part-time employment for our poorest clients who could not complete their education without immediate income
Now, equipped with newfound confidence, marketable skills, and ultimately, a good job, survivors can finally enjoy freedom. Forever.
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Domestic ViolenceLearn More About Trafficking
The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
10ThousandWindows relies on licensed social workers managing the cases of survivors to confirm the status of each of its program participants.
In a 2015 data survey of 130 sex trafficking survivors who completed 10KW’s basic program, 88% were confirmed not-re-trafficked.
Once beneficiaries meet basic local employment requirements, 87% of them are employed full-time in safe and gainful jobs within two months, most of them for the very first time in their lives.
“The…aftercare community as a whole is better equipped because of the services, capacity building and partnership that 10ThousandWindows has provided. Your programs and services bring exceptionally valuable benefits to DSWD shelters and NGOs…”
MERCEDITA P. JABAGAT
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES.
“10ThousandWindows has made me feel respected and valued as a person. It has helped me respect and value myself as well.”
“I would like to thank the people who are part of 10ThousandWindows. If not for your help, my life would have been so different. Thank you for helping me reach my goals. My life is so much better and I could not have done it without you.”
“I hope that you continue to reach out so they could also get the opportunities that I have had… I am excited to go to work and I have joy. I never expected that I will be able to achieve what I have now but thank you for your help, I have surpassed my expectations for myself.”
Together we can open 10,000 windows of life-changing opportunity, bringing 10,000 survivors to safe and significant employment. These 10,000 will demonstrate that systemic change is possible for survivors of violence and exploitation.
A window opening represents survivors who are currently engaged in our job-readiness training process.
A window of opportunity is opened when a survivor completes all three phases of our job-readiness training process, and then secures and holds a safe and significant job for at least 90 days. We believe safe and significant employment breaks cycles of violence and exploitation in the lives of survivors. It empowers them to stay safe and stay free.
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Theory of Change
Learn more about how our programming makes a difference. Download our Theory of Change to read about the challenges we address, the strategies we deploy, and the outcomes we target.Download PDF