A Week as Trafficking Specialist

Some of you may not know what social workers do. But I’m here to tell you, there are about 1,000,000 things done each day and all of them are different. Social workers are in most fields, although sometimes they are hidden. I work in an agency that is full of social workers, which is convenient for case consultation and chatting. I thought it might interest some of you to see what I have done in the past week, so here it is! Some setting: I work with folks who have experienced sex or labor trafficking, are men/women/transgendered, are youth, are seniors, are “adult age”, are foriegn-national or domestic. Here is what I’ve done in the past week:

  • Counseled multiple clients through anger issues
  • Worked on grounding techniques with a client who was experiencing hallucinations
  • Took client to a dentist
  • Provided crisis intervention
  • Set boundaries
  • Supported/encouraged volunteers
  • Discussed issues/ideas/feelings with my supervisor
  • Spoke Spanish
  • Made a doctor’s appointment for a client
  • Found unconventional methods of securing housing for a foreign national client in horrible conditions
  • Facilitated transportation for a client to a meeting with her attorney
  • Provided multiple meals
  • Caught up with co-workers who have been on vacation
  • Communicated with clients who are in the Chicago-land area, but who are from all over the world
  • Found information about foreign national degree transfer
  • Counseled someone through decision making about an unexpected pregnancy
  • Collaborated with other service providers to create therapeutic events for survivors,
  • Checked in with clients about the first week of school (high school, alternative school, and ESL)
  • Provided advice for client’s biometrics appointments,
  • Collaborated with law enforcement,
  • Collaborated with the state’s attorney’s office
  • Visited a client in a safe housing placement that I secured
  • Gave a client/her son a ride after an emergency blow out with her baby’s dad’s family
  • Took a client to the office of social security and provided advocacy
  • Played referee with a client and her grandmother
  • Went to a continuing education event on ethics
  • Advocated for a client throughout order of protection proceedings
  • Supported a client in their healthcare decisions
  • Made an appointment at DHS
  • Been on call on our 24 hour hotline
  • Encouraged clients to try new coping methods
  • Took a client grocery shopping
  • Wrote to an editor about an offensive opinion piece related to my client population
  • Taught a client how to use public transportation
  • Networked at a collaborative meeting
  • Have been told that someone no longer wants to work with me, but then was called back an hour later
  • Worked late
  • Have been frustrated with my clients
  • Have been in awe of the strength of my clients

This is a peak into the daily events in my career.



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