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Do you have a trauma-informed approach?

Our clients include organizations working toward the advancement of women and girls domestically and internationally, LGBTQ+ equality, interfaith cooperation, human rights, civil rights and voting reform, and immigration reform and asylum rights. We never forget that the work we do in collaboration with our clients ultimately impacts the lives of real people. In partnership with our clients, we work to elevate their leaders and staff and to center the voices of those closest to the issues and policies supported by our clients.

We understand that sometimes, working with people most directly impacted by our clients’ work requires a trauma-informed approach. We work hard to build relationships and trust with our clients, which includes being sensitive to their needs and cultivating opportunities for them to take power over their own stories.

When it comes to media interviews, particularly those with survivors of violence, WEST vets reporters, editors and producers for a trauma-informed interview approach. Additionally, WEST prepares a briefing memo, including background on the reporter and outlet, talking points and answers to any expected challenging questions. WEST also staffs interviews to provide added support and to intercede as needed. We also make ourselves available to conduct preparation sessions ahead of interviews.

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