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.
- 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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