WorldWE takes a STAND with Survivors

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The STAND Program (Survivor Training, Advocacy, Networking, and Development) is a speakers bureau style program that empowers survivors of the commercial sex trade to share their expertise and insights to ensure individuals and systems working with sex trade survivors are providing services through a trauma-informed lens. The STAND Program offers intensive train-the-trainer workshops where survivors are given skills, tools, and support to take targeted training back to their communities. STAND presenters are lived-experience experts equipped and available to provide training for law enforcement, social service providers, and community leaders.


Certified STAND Program Trainers

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Tanya Alegria

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LJ Casagranda

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Terry Forliti

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Jessica Kim

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Gabrielle Prieto

The STAND Program provides survivors intensive skill building training, individual coaching sessions, and monthly cohort meetings, all of which offer generous stipends for their time and efforts. STAND Program participants gain invaluable skills by presenting training in their respective communities and beyond.

If you are a survivor wanting to hone your training skills and repertoire, we will be opening submissions for our next cohort in early 2024. If you have any questions, please reach out to Robin Miller at robin@worldwithoutexploitation.org

Requesting a Training for your Organization or Agency

If you are interested in requesting a survivor-led, STAND Certified training session for law enforcement, social service providers, or community groups, please fill out the form below.

About Our Trainings

Policy 

STAND presentations provide an in-depth exploration of the policies governing the sex trade, encompassing a wide range of information and approaches. Training participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal, social, and ethical frameworks that shape the sex industry, enabling them to engage in informed discussions and make well-considered decisions.

Law Enforcement 

This training is essential for law enforcement officers and legal agencies who want to make a positive difference in the lives of sex trade survivors. By learning about the unique needs of this population, law enforcement and legal agencies can better respond to sex trade survivors and bring sex buyers, pimps, and traffickers to justice. Participants will learn through a lived experience lens how the sex trade operates, the populations most impacted, and the harms inflicted on victims experiencing exploitation. Training participants will develop a deeper understanding regarding who sex buyers are and how they drive the market for demand. Lastly, participants in this training will be equipped with tools for supporting survivors through the criminal justice system and ensuring better outcomes and engagement from (and for) victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Service Providers 

This training is designed for social workers, counselors, therapists, case managers, and advocates providing direct service to individuals impacted by systems of prostitution or sex trafficking. Participants will learn how the sex trade operates, the populations most impacted, and the harms inflicted on victims of prostitution and sex trafficking through a lived experience lens. The training will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively support survivors of the sex trade as well as provide a deeper understanding of the importance of trauma-informed care and service delivery. Trainees will learn about different policy approaches governing the global commercial sex industry with a focus on the Equality Model, the policy most supported by survivors.

Join the initiative

If you are interested in requesting a survivor-led, STAND Certified training session for law enforcement, social service providers, or community groups, please complete the form below.

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