Alabaster Jar Project believes that part of empowering survivors is including them in our staff, so not only are we providing them with employment opportunities, but we can also have expert advice and input from those who have lived through what our clients are working through. This week, we would like to introduce you to Jaimee Johnson, our social media specialist, support group facilitator, and a survivor of exploitation. Jaimee has been working to empower other survivors in many ways, including working as a peer support specialist for a local social service provider and has her own outreach project called “Sisters of the Streets.”
We are honored to have her on our team. Years ago, Jaimee enrolled in a residential rehabilitation program for survivors. The women who facilitated the program left an impression on her that would inspire her to reach out to them once she started Sisters of the Streets, only to find out that a different organization had taken their place. That organization was Alabaster Jar Project, and she was a perfect fit for our survivor sisters. Jaimee acts as a mentor to the women who are getting back on their feet after years of being exploited and has an earnest and thoughtful way of approaching new survivors.
“The understanding and ability for growth to learn the extreme dynamics of trafficking through others’ stories has humbled me greatly,” Jaimee states. “I have a keen sense on where to engage with women due to the fact I have been there and done that. I know what to say and what not to say. I know from my overcoming the power that resides in myself so it’s authentic and easy for me to see it in another.”
Jaimee is one of our support group facilitators and she is currently running a survivor-created curriculum for group called “Ending the Game.” It focuses on the coercion aspect of human trafficking and Jaimee has seen what an impact it can have on group participants. “I have seen it open up a lot of the women’s eyes and minds to different discoveries about their stories as well as create understanding of others’ stories,” Jaimee states. By learning from her own experience, Jaimee has a unique way of presenting the material and an honest, supportive way of reaching out to the group.
Jaimee has a large social media presence with her own outreach and Sisters of the Streets blog, so she is a natural fit to take charge of Alabaster Jar Project’s social media. “Social media is an amazing platform for education, empowerment and reaching the population we are trying to reach,” she explains. Jaimee is very creative with her posts by including bible verses, motivational quotes, and always highlighting those who have reached out to us. You can find us on Facebook here:(https://www.facebook.com/AlabasterJarProject/.)
On top of facilitating support group, managing AJP social media accounts, and working as a peer specialist, Jaimee is the proud mother of three beautiful children and holds being a mother as one of her most prized accomplishments. Like all of our staff, she is dedicated to restoring, rehabilitating, and empowering the lives of survivors and uses her experience to provide expert input to the women who are seeking help. She encourages those who are reaching out to survivors to listen to them, respect them, and treat them as people, not untouchable victims. Jaimee is certainly an inspiration to us and is someone we are proud to help lead our community