Week of 7/12/21: Open Doors Important Updates

Upcoming Perspectives Webinar: The Impact of Victim Blaming on Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Wednesday July 21st 10:00 – 11:30 AM

The July webinar in the Voices Perspectives series will focus on victim blaming. Survivors of sex trafficking often encounter barriers to healing and justice because of social and systematic biases that perpetuate blame on those that have been victimized. This session will explore the concept of victim blaming and ways allied professionals can work alongside survivors to shift the focus to holding perpetrators responsible.

Featured speakers include Vicky Basra, President and CEO of Delores Bar Weaver Policy Center; Michaela Denny, Education and Training Director of Voices for Florida; and Lindsay Smith Open Doors Survivor-Mentor of More Too Life. To register, please click here.


Reminder: Technical Assistance Call Tomorrow at 11am!

Tomorrow (7/13) Voices will be conducting a Technical Assistance call to review the new Training and Education plan, highlight changes and additions from the previous plan, and answer any questions. This plan can be accessed via SharePoint in the Education and Training section. The document is a loose file and titled “2021-2022 Training and Education Plan”

Please email Lauren Herod with any questions!


Hoyt’s Tool of the Week

Dare to Lead Podcast: Inclusivity at Work: The Heart of Hard Conversations

This podcast holds an insightful discussion between research professor and speaker, Brene Brown and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert, Aiko Bethea. They discuss empathy, accountability, and the power of listening and believing (including a very real role play activity). The two also dissect the differences between transactional leadership and transformational leadership, and why courage is a prerequisite to lasting, meaningful change.

To listen to this podcast, please click here.



Upcoming Webinars

Intersection of Substance Use & Housing: Parents and Guardians on July 15th at 3pm EST Hosted by the Freedom Network USA Housing Project.

This is a continuation of our April webinar and will focus on serving survivors who identify as parents or guardians.  Speakers from the Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health will discuss best practices in serving parent survivors while maintaining a trauma-informed, person-centered, and voluntary services housing model.

Register here.


Sex, Lies & Media – For Adults on July 15th at 1:00 pm EST

Hosted by Selah Freedom

This webinar will educate adults on the online recruitment tactics of predators and equip them with practical ways to discuss this issue, protect their children online, and be a part of the solution. Free to participate.

Register here


Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Human Trafficking on August 19th at 2:00-3:30 pm EST

Hosted by the Freedom Network USA Training Institute

This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of best practices when working with LGBTQ+ survivors. Presenters will cover outreach, wrap-around services, and case management, housing, and immigration services specifically available to LGBTQ+ survivors. Free to participate.

Register here



Language Access and Housing Services on August 5th at 3:00- 4:30 pm EST

Hosted by the Freedom Network USA Training Institute

This webinar will provide an overview of creating and implementing a successful language access plan for housing programs. The presenters will discuss the importance of cultural humility when serving survivors who identify as limited English proficiency, deaf or hard of hearing, and/or disabled survivors. Attendees will receive practical examples of how housing programs have implemented and maintained internal policies of language access and service accessibility. Free to participate.

Register here