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Second Chance to Host Delegation of Leaders from Russia

second Chance to HOst Delegation of leaders from russia
December 3, 2009

Washington, D.C.: On December 8, 2009, a delegation of 12 women leaders from Russia will meet with Second Chance Employment Services to learn about our successful model for leading domestic violence victims into financial independence through placement in meaningful, long-term employment positions. The Russian delegation is in the United States and visiting Second Chance in partnership with Vital Voices and the Open World program. The delegation's purpose is to learn effective means of preventing domestic violence and human trafficking, and to develop the skills and partnerships needed to adapt and implement successful programs in Eurasia.

Second Chance (SCES) is a non-profit organization of human resource professionals that seeks to promote financial security for at-risk women and their dependents through comprehensive training and career development services. The vast majority of the women we serve are victims of domestic violence, although we serve other at-risk women as well. We provide free professional human resource services to help at-risk women enter the workforce and achieve true financial independence, thereby eliminating their financial dependence on the abuser and enabling the women, and their children to live free from abuse.

Sponsored by the independent Open World Leadership Center, established by Congress in 1999, the Open World program works to enhance understanding and initiate avenues for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in that region who have gained significant, first-hand exposure to America's democratic, accountable government, and free-market system. Open World also promotes partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts.

This visit is being administered by Vital Voices, an NGO dedicated to investing in emerging women leaders around the world. Vital Voices identifies and connects emerging and established women leaders in a powerful international network to enable them to share knowledge and best practices, form innovative partnerships, recognize their impact, and cultivate ongoing professional support.

During the Russian delegation's visit to our office, these women will see how Second Chance connects public and private organizations in our community who then serve, train, prepare, and employ women in need. They will also learn about our tracking and monitoring system that helps us maintain more efficient daily operations and measure the effectiveness of our programs. Because we follow our clients for two years after placement, we can show others that our clients are remaining free from abuse. Women from all walks of life have been placed in meaningful, long term employment positions with SCES' assistance. In fact, we have placed over 600 women in such positions since we opened our doors in 2002. This model is helping to break the cycle of violence permanently, one woman at a time. In conjunction with Vital Voices and Open World, we will soon begin the process of spreading this effective model to Russia.

Second Chance is daily working to expand our capacity to make a difference in the lives of women and children, and, both at home and abroad. For more information about Second Chance or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit

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