VoiceOver: fostering survivor engagement and leadership

Through focusing on survivors’ expertise, anti-trafficking organizations can reframe structures of power and authority, and develop more effective policies and interventions.

To this end, Payoke helped launch the VoiceOver project to invest in the training and leadership of trafficking survivors, and improve our capacity to support their healing and autonomy as they take center stage in antitrafficking efforts.

Specifically, across the 6 partner organizations the project will:

• build survivor-informed capacity by training 90 staff to safely engage and work with survivor activists
• empower 20 interested survivors to participate in crafting programs, policy decisions, and providing peer support
• provide trauma-informed and gender-sensitive assistance to 90 trafficked persons through peer-mentoring
• facilitate the social and labor integration of 60 trafficked persons through peer-based programs
• increase awareness of survivor engagement in the anti-trafficking community through a replicable evidence-based model for NGOs, a set of recommendations for decision-makers, 5 podcasts, and 2 international events
• support debate within the antitrafficking community about communicating with dignity and respect about people who have been impacted by human trafficking.

Co-funded by the European Union, VoiceOver is implemented by EqualityCoop (IT), MIST (FR), Fundacion Cruz Blanca (ES), Adpare (RO), Iuav University of Venice (IT), and Payoke (BE).