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Survivor Resource Library

Training’s and Webinars:

Introduction to the Survivor Leadership Institute 

This interactive webinar is an introduction to SLI and survivor leadership. Participants receive a deeper understanding of SLI programming, the different platforms in which SLI can best be utilized by members and the opportunity to ask questions and to engage with staff.

The Power (and Pressure) of Narrative 

GEMS Founder & CEO Rachel Lloyd facilitates a webinar that takes a closer look at the benefits and challenges of “telling our stories”, how to avoid the trap of the single narrative, and how to use storytelling with integrity and intention through this webinar.

Victim-Survivor-Leader 2.0
This program manual was written by survivors on staff at GEMS and includes information gathered during extensive focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and individual assignments with GEMS’ current and former members. Girls and young women were asked to discuss their experiences with direct services, highlighting those services that positively impacted their lives, as well as those that re-victimized. The information gathered through weekly groups and individual interviews was transcribed and coded by an evaluation team at the Mt. Sanai research Center in New York. Those results are reflected in the information presented in this manual.

Several survivors on the GEMS staff then utilized this information and their own experiences as survivors and service providers to write and edit the manual making this process fully survivor informed and created. This manual was then reviewed by two survivor led programs [My Life, My Choice in Boston & Veronica’s Voice in Kansas City] by service providers and advocates at the STARS program in San Diego, and by Legal Aid Juvenile Rights Division in New York.

Navigating the Movement as a Survivor Leader Training 

GEMS Founder and CEO facilitates a one day training that focuses on navigating the movement as leader and the impact in the following roles:

  • Defining your role in the movement
  • Balance and Boundaries
  • Sharing a single vs. Collective Narrative
  • Public vs. Private: How, Who, and What to Tell
  • Media Strategies 101

GEMS Survivors Guide to Leaving Training 

GEMS facilitators equip participants with concrete tools on how to best incorporate the guide when supporting survivors throughout their healing process. Through this interactive training participants address the following:

  • Common challenges faced in direct service work when engaging with survivors of CSE and domestic trafficking
  • Engagement techniques and strategies for safety planning
  • Empowering survivors to utilize the guide as a viable resource to take the steps to leave the commercial sex industry

(FOR access to above webinars: materials and recordings– please email sliinfo@gems-girls.org

Professional Series and Guides:

Survivor created and survivor-informed guides specifically designed for professionals to provide concrete tools around engagement, intervention, and how to support victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

Survivor Guide to Leaving
This is a guide for survivors, by survivors, about how hard it is to leave, the feelings that are associated with leaving and  has tips with advice on what has help us get through and what support outlets you can benefit from.

“Having so many sleepless nights because of my past and not having anyone to talk to about it was difficult for me. Feelings of depression and anxiety caused me to feel hopeless so many times. Now that I had the support I needed I started to see a brighter future because now I felt confident enough in setting goals and actually accomplishing them. From that moment on I started to take charge of my life.” – GEMS Member

Online Resources:

The Survivor Leadership Forum

This forum provides additional personal/professional support from fellow survivors around the country. Link to the forum here: www.forum.gems-girls.org 

GEMS SLI Twitter 

Stay connected with other leaders, learn more about what is going on in the community and take part in the larger community of leaders. Link to twitter here: www.twitter.com/survivorslead 

Additional Resources:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: National Human Trafficking Resource Center , 24 hour Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or (Text Help to BeFree 233733 (BeFree):

Domestic Violence: National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Sexual Abuse: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Suicide: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Dating Violence: National Dating Abuse Helpline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-866-331-9474

Runaway and Homeless Youth: National Runaway Safeline, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

Missing Children and Child Pornography: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)