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1 Developed by: Nicole Pietsch, Gender-Based Specialist Presented By: Sunaina Mannan, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Women’s Support Network of York Region 1 Preventing and Reducing the Trafficking of Women and Girls through Community Planning in York Region Continuing the Community Action Plan

2 Vision  To increase community safety by addressing the needs of women and girls at risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in York Region, Ontario. (2013 – Current)  Develop inter-agency protocols, guidelines and best practices to ensure appropriate responses of service providers to intra- regional trafficking of girls sand women 2

3 3 Project: 1.Engagement of a Local Coalition (YRAHTC) 2.Local Safety Audit & Needs Assessment 3.Community Action Plan

4 4 Local Safety Audit on HT: York Region What did the community tell us?

5 Engagement of a Local Coalition (YRAHTC) 5 Consulted Stakeholders by Sector

6 Local Safety Audit Stage 1: Wide & Shallow Analysis 6 Nine municipalities Rural, suburban and urban areas Population 1,032,524, 43% reported to be immigrants to Canada 204 identified ethnic groups 60+ languages Home to Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Community: 275 Ojibwa/Anishinaabeg people

7 Local Safety Audit Stage 2: Narrow & Deep Analysis Results 7 Key informants (women with lived experience of human trafficking) self-identified with: A history of transience (2 or more moves over the last three years): 3 of 4 key informants A history of childhood sexual abuse or suspected childhood sexual abuse: 4 of 4 key informants A history of substance use: 3 of 4 key informants

8 8 Needs Assessment on HT: York Region What did Needs Assessment participants Tell us?

9 9 Recommendations Address and challenge sexist expectations of girls and girls’ sexuality (in the media, in schools) Teach about sexual exploitation in sexual education classes “Teach girls not to see themselves as objects. See yourself as a good person” (KI, November 21, 2013: 2) Practical assistance (food, shelter, income) when a young person is in a crisis “[I got kicked out and] this guy told me if I slept with him he would let me stay with him” (FG Participant, October 15, 2013: 29)

10 10 Recommendations, cont. Targeted outreach Women want to feel welcomed and accepted by the community “That card, I still have the card, I kept it….And then when I worked at Howard Johnson or whatever and I found they had human trafficking [information] there, pamphlets or whatever in the office, and it made me think about it too” (KI, December 18, 2013: 18)

11 11 Recommendations, cont. Pair “practical”/economic supports with psycho-social supports (i.e. programs, services or activities that build a community for exploited women) Inter-agency protocols, guidelines and best practices that intentionally consider psycho-social needs As example: ensure appropriate responses by service providers to trafficked girls and women Training for professionals on creating a welcoming space for sex workers and sexually-exploited women (include challenging socio-cultural expectations of women)

12 12 Recommendations, cont. Programs, services and activities that address economic/practical factors for sexually-trafficked women. As example: Emergency shelter and practical assistance; Targeted outreach on how to access emergency shelter and practical assistance; Transitional/subsidized housing: make sure trafficked women can meet criteria/apply for these programs

13 13 Next Steps? Creative/targeted outreach Coordination of Services Public Education Identify available resources Locating hard to reach populations/ Distribution of material Development of outreach initiatives Create a map of services available in YR Investigate other regions and models Create a consistent referral process Research and/or develop educational material Determine who target population(s) is/are Presenting information to target populations

14 14 Questions? Comments?

15 Work Cited The Learning Network. Human Trafficking (Issue 2, September 2012). Ontario Women’s Directorate. Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Ontario’s Sexual Violence Action Plan


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