Presentation on theme: "Continuing the Community Action Plan"— Presentation transcript:
1 Continuing the Community Action Plan Preventing and Reducingthe Trafficking of Women and Girls through Community Planning in York RegionContinuing the Community Action PlanDeveloped by: Nicole Pietsch, Gender-Based SpecialistPresented By: Sunaina Mannan, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Women’s Support Network of York Region
2 VisionTo 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 womenTo increase community safetyAddressing the needs of women and girls at risk of sexual exploitation and human traffickingDevelop inter-agency protocols, guidelines and best practices to ensure appropriate responses of service providers to intra-regional trafficking of girls sand women
3 Project: Engagement of a Local Coalition (YRAHTC) Local Safety Audit & Needs AssessmentCommunity Action PlanEngagement of a Local Coalition (YRAHTC)Local Safety Audit & Needs AssessmentCommunity Action Plan
4 Local Safety Audit on HT: York Region What did the community tell us?LSA: What did the community tell us?
5 Engagement of a Local Coalition (YRAHTC) Consulted Stakeholders by Sector*Graph of different Stakeholders:Sectors consulted included:Criminal justice partners such as police and community safety officers. Criminal justice partners bring necessary expertise about the law, legal processes, court preparation and support, crime prevention and security mechanisms, and procedures for reporting incidences of violence against womenWomen’s organizations, such as women’s Centre, shelter and sexual assault centre staffs. Women’s grassroots organizations and organizations offering frontline service to abused women bring expertise about women’s experiences of violence, supportive services, innovative service structures, and systems meant to support survivors of violenceSocial Services, such as health, income support and counselling services. Social services bring expertise about the presenting needs of women and girls in the community. Local social service agencies and programs also often have an established and positive relationship with women and girls. Many of these services provide outreach and educational services, through which local women and girls find information, connect with community-based professionals and connect with other women and girlsChild protective services. These services bring expertise about young women’s experiences of violence, supportive services and systems meant to support survivors of violence. They also bring expertise about barriers that young women are facing in local communitiesEducational institutions. Stakeholders at educational students have established relationships with students and youth populations.Specialized services or groups. Stakeholders from these groups bring important expertise about the needs of a particular population. Examples include:YouthImmigrant and refugee women and girlsLesbian, gay, trans and queer-identified womenAboriginal women and girlsHard to reach populations, or those experiencing particular hardship, such as:homeless, transient or street-involved women and girlswomen and girls engaged in sex work;women and girls with mental health issueswomen and girls engaged in substance use or with addictionswomen and girls in conflict with the lawother socially marginalized populations of women and girlsThese specialized services or groups bring expertise and awareness about specific barriers, adversity or contexts in the lives of a specific population.Those working in these organizations often also bring information about alternative or innovative models of service provision (i.e. drop-in, informal intake, street outreach); as well as knowledge about anti-oppression work, equity work, and GBA+ framework for supporting service-users.Faith-based community groups or members. These stakeholders bring additional resources, social supports and sense of community. Faith-based groups have much to offer to a coordinated response – examples across the province of Ontario include grassroots safe housing, financial support to victims, emergency practical support, settlement support, and working with women in grassroots and innovative waysElected officials. Elected officials such as members of parliament and city or town councils have expertise about local demographics, issues facing local constituents and regional support services and infrastructures available. Elected officials sit in leadership positions in a community, can have the capacity to prioritize or bring greater awareness to a local issue or problem.
6 Local Safety Audit Stage 1: Wide & Shallow Analysis Nine municipalitiesRural, suburban and urban areasPopulation 1,032,524,43% reported to be immigrants to Canada204 identified ethnic groups60+ languagesHome to Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Community: 275 Ojibwa/Anishinaabeg peopleStage 1: Wide and Shallow AnalysisResidents experience disproportionately higher levels of precarious and temporary employment in comparison to other GTA regionsNew immigrants are at higher risk of being in the precarious employment clusterBarriers faced by fast=growing populations earning low and moderate incomes:Prohibitive cost of land and housing (i.e.: southern regions like Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan)Therefore increases in homelessness, risk of homelessness and increasing social isolationlack of literature regarding Indigenous populationsSocio-economic trends:PovertyRapid population growthLack of social infrastructureSignificant increase in youth populationProhibitive housingLand costsSocial isoloation
7 Local Safety Audit Stage 2: Narrow & Deep Analysis Results 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 informantsA history of childhood sexual abuse or suspected childhood sexual abuse: 4 of 4 key informantsA history of substance use: 3 of 4 key informantsKey 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 informantsA history of childhood sexual abuse or suspected childhood sexual abuse: 4 of 4 key informantsA history of substance use: 3 of 4 key informants
8 Needs Assessment participants Tell us? Needs Assessment on HT: York RegionWhat didNeeds Assessment participantsTell us?Needs Assessment on HT: York RegionWhat didNeeds Assessment participantsTell us?
9 RecommendationsAddress 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)Address and challenge sexist expectations of girls and girls’ sexuality (in the media, in schools)Teach about sexual exploitation in sexual education classesPractical assistance (food, shelter, income) when a young person is in a crisisPractical 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 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)Targeted outreachWomen want to feel welcomed and accepted by the community
11 Pair “practical”/economic supports with psycho-social supports 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 needsAs example: ensure appropriate responses by service providers to trafficked girls and womenPair “practical”/economic supports with psycho-social supportsInter-agency protocols, guidelines and best practices that intentionally consider psycho-social needsTraining for professionals on creating a welcoming space for sex workers and sexually-exploited womenTraining for professionals on creating a welcoming space for sex workers and sexually-exploited women (include challenging socio-cultural expectations of women)
12 Emergency shelter and practical assistance; 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 programsPrograms, services and activities that address economic/practical factors for sexually-trafficked women.
13 Next Steps? Creative/targeted outreach Coordination of Services Public EducationIdentify available resourcesCreate a map of services available in YRResearch and/or develop educational materialLocating hard to reach populations/ Distribution of materialInvestigate other regions and modelsDetermine who target population(s) is/areWG IIdentify available resourcesLocating hard to reach populations/ Distribution of materialDevelopment of outreach initiativesWG IICreate a map of services available in YRInvestigate other regions and modelsCreate a consistent referral processWG IIIResearch and/or develop educational materialDetermine who target population(s) is/arePresenting information to target populationsDevelopment of outreach initiativesCreate a consistent referral processPresenting information to target populations