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.
  • Reduce and prevent human trafficking in York Region
  • Identify and protect trafficked persons
  • Provide counselling and crisis intervention to trafficked persons
  • Coordinate services for trafficked persons
  • Contribute to provincial and national efforts to eliminate human trafficking
  • Increase awareness and understanding about human trafficking in the region
  • 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
  • Engage at risk women and girls
  • Literature Review
  • Needs Assessment
  • Strategic Outreach plan & materials
  • Human Trafficking Helpline
  • Referral process & protocols for human trafficking in York Region
  • Training for identified service providers
  • Project evaluation

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