Our anti-trafficking plan

Sex trafficking is one of Canada’s most lucrative and misunderstood crimes targeting youth.

Through our work with police and community partners, it became clear that more resources were needed to tackle this issue. In 2016, we decided to make sex trafficking a major focus of our work and launched our Urban Response Model anti-trafficking plan.

This comprehensive plan brings a holistic response to combating trafficking in our communities and has three key pillars:

Prevention and early intervention

Our goal is to increase awareness of sex trafficking through our:

  • School presentations to grades 7 and above to help equip teachers and students with the tools they need to protect themselves so they can recognize the warnings signs and reach out for help.
  • Training for hotels, transportation and other industries that come in contact with victims of sex trafficking. Our free industry training sessions for hotels that help empower staff with the tools they need to recognize the signs of sex trafficking and take action to keep their workplaces safe.
  • Let’s Talk About Sex Trafficking - an awareness campaign to empower and equip parents, caregivers and teens with tools to educate themselves and keep young people safe. Based on our learnings from working with survivors for over 40 years, we know that awareness, education and dialogue are essential to prevent young people from sex trafficking.
    Here is information about this issue and videos with a discussion guide for caregivers to help talk to their children about it.Here is a website for teenagers to better understand the issue and learn about warning signs to protect themselves and their friends.

Direct services to survivors

We support survivors to reclaim their lives with:

  • Immediate care through crisis shelter beds, health care services and counselling that recognizes the trauma victims have experienced.
  • 24-7 care through two specialized housing programs, the Avdell Home and The Rogers Home. These programs offer health care services, mental health support, safety planning, income supports, education assistance and job training opportunities.
  • Dedicated staff advocates who provide consultations with survivors and their families and work closely with community partners, the court system and police services.

Learning and transfer of knowledge

We conduct research and evaluation to help inform promising practices in providing direct services to survivors, and share our findings from working with them:

  • Customized presentations on sex trafficking and survivor supports to other front-line agencies.
  • Research into service gaps and barriers to exiting, as well as evaluation of our residential services and approach to working with survivors.
  • Widely offer final campaign findings such as our report on our Just Like A Girl You Know campaign.

These three pillars are supported through community partnerships with leading youth-serving organizations, police, hospitals, legal professionals and advocacy programs.