HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
UNCHARTED: Navigating Without a Map
by Mary Alexandra, Clinical Case Manager, RIA House, Inc.
I use maps on my phone all the time. Whether it's driving for an errand, meeting someone at a new location, or trying to find the best route around traffic, my map is usually the first app I set up before I hit the road. I love knowing what to do, where to go, and how to get there.
There were no maps on my phone when I began my work at RIA a year and a half ago. Rather, the experience of stepping into a direct service role for survivors of trafficking / exploitation was quite possibly the opposite of having charted terrain. There were no formulations that could suddenly change a life. There were no assessments that could fully address a complicated problem. There were no real, easy answers to the ever pervasive question: what exactly is the next step? And neither were there easy answers to the even deeper next question: how can we really end exploitation?