The main goal of the project is to develop a community response, referral and protocols to assist women and girls who are trafficked for sexual exploitation within York Region. Regional program, therefore our focus is York Region - however we hope that our initiatives will be transferable for other municipalities.
Increasing partnerships within the region: Anti Human Trafficking Regional committee of 30 community partners: representing social service providers, law enforcement (YRP), child welfare, health care professionals, youth serving agencies, First Nations community, ethno –specific agencies, business community – meeting on a monthly basis
Create guidelines to identify trafficked persons: With regional partners, developing an assessment /screening form for social service providers to assist them in identifying trafficked women; Also conducting in-house trainings for staff and volunteers on human trafficking
Creation of a referral system and regional protocols for trafficked persons (Regional Committee)
Facilitate cross sector resource sharing – example of this: engaging the business community – specifically, in York Region hotels are a popular location for trafficking
Monitor human trafficking in York Region
Creation and distribution of outreach and prevention materials across York Region