Who We Are
What We Do
Our Vision is an Alberta free from human trafficking
1. We are human rights-based and victim-centred
2. We believe in collaboration
3. We stress diversity
4. We are evidence-based
We will increase knowledge and awareness on human trafficking, advocate for effective rights-based responses, build capacity of all involved stakeholders, and lead and foster collaboration for joint action against human trafficking.
ACT Alberta mobilizes stakeholders to identify and respond to human trafficking by:
1. Working to prevent human trafficking,
2. Ensuring adequate protection and support for trafficked persons,
3. Supporting the efficient prosecution of the criminals involved, and
4. Partnering in effective and collaborative ways
ACT Alberta undertakes a variety of activities around education, advocacy, agency collaboration and victim assistance. These activities include:
- Coordinating services for victims of human trafficking
- Managing a Victims Assistance Fund
- Training and educating service providers
- Engaging and educating the public
- Researching and collecting data on human trafficking
- Helping develop policy provincially and nationally
- Building capacity for community-based responses
In 2007, Changing Together, A Centre for Immigrant Women responded to a growing concern about human trafficking in the community by conducting an environmental scan entitled "Trafficking of Women and Girls to Canada." Healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement bodies, immigration and settlement agencies and faith-based groups were consulted in the environmental scan and nearly half of respondents stated that they knew of specific human trafficking cases in the community. Respondents indicated a need for training and education on how to identify victims of trafficking, what victims' most pressing needs are, and the state of existing legislation on human trafficking in Canada.
The environmental scan demonstrated an urgent need for more training and awareness on the issue of human trafficking in Alberta. A fledgling organization, the Alberta Coalition Against Human Trafficking (ACAHT), was soon formed in response to this demonstrated need. The Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT Alberta) was created out of ACAHT in 2010. Since this time, ACT Alberta has been critical in advocating for the rights of victims of human trafficking and creating a network of service providing agencies who are able to respond to the needs of victims.
ACT Alberta is funded federally through the Justice Canada's Victims Fund and Status of Women Canada.
Provincially, ACT Alberta is funded through Alberta Justice and Solicitor General's Victims of Crime Fund and Human Services' Family and Community Safety Program.
We are also grateful for previous support from the Civil Forfeiture Office, the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund, the Community Initiatives Program, and the Canadian Women's Foundation.
ACT Alberta also relies heavily on donations. Please click here to donate today.