20 – Community Engagement to End Human Trafficking

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True community engagement requires the right time and planning up front. Sandra Morgan, the Director of the Global Center for Women & Justice and Dave Stachowiak, one of the Center’s board members, discuss common mistakes, a sustainable model for community engagement, and actions we can all take to provide real action to end human trafficking.

Key Points

  • Be clear about the purposes or goals of the engagement effort as well as the audience and populations that you engage.
  • Become knowledgeable. Study your community, economic, and political perceptions.
  • Go into your community and establish relationships, build trusts, and seek commitment for mobilizing your community.
  • Remember and accept that community self-determination is the responsibility and right of all people who comprise a community.
  • Partnering with the community is necessary to create change.
  • Recognize and respect community diversity.
  • Sustained by identifying and mobilizing community assets and developing resources.
  • An engaging organization must be prepared to release control of actions to the community and be flexible enough to meet the changing needs.
  • Community collaboration requires long term commitment by the engaging organization and it’s partners.


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