Canada’s Human Trafficking Report Card – We Can Do Better
Last week, the US State Department released its’ annual Trafficking in Persons Report.
We're hiring in Edmonton!
We are hiring a Response Coordinator in Edmonton. Intersted applicatnts must submit applications before 4:30MST March 15, 2017.
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Labour Trafficking in Edmonton Report Released
In recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, ACT Alberta is pleased to release the final report of the study, “Labour Trafficking in Edmonton: Holding Tight to a Double-Edged Sword”.
This project, the first of its kind in Canada, explores the hidden intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton. Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, and service p
Human Trafficking Charges Laid in Two Separate Cases in Alberta
Two separate cases of human trafficking were made public October 6, 2016, as Calgary Police and RCMP laid separate charges in Calgary and Okotoks.
Read ACT Alberta's media release here.
Voices of Survivors: Impacts of Human Trafficking on Victims
Human trafficking is a crime that often leaves victims disempowered, unheard, and disbelieved. In recognition of the Department of Justice Canada's Victims and Survivors of Crime 2016, ACT Alberta has created a resource showcasing the impacts of human trafficking told through the voices of survivors.
Click here to view.
New Volunteer Opportunity - Board of Directors
We are currently recruiting committed volunteers (directors) to serve on the Board of Directors for the 2016 -18 term. Please find the position details here.
Official Report Release
Today marks the official release of the final report of the project "Engaging Community: Addressing Sex Trafficking in Edmonton."
We have worked collaboratively with a Core Team on this project over the past 2.5 years to create a Community Action Plan to address sex trafficking in our city. This project is the first of its kind in the city and one of three across the country.
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Human trafficking charges laid against Airdrie man
In the wake of the release this week of the US State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report, human trafficking and prostitutions related charges have been laid against an Airdrie man.
World Day against Trafficking in Persons
Today is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. How is Canada faring in the response to human trafficking? The US State Department released their annual human trafficking report on Monday - Canada can certainly be doing better.
ACT Alberta's Case Studies Booklet
This booklet shares stories adapted from real client referrals to ACT Alberta. Together, we can work towards a more accurate understanding of the realities of human trafficking in Alberta. *Note that these stories contain graphic details that may be disturbing to some readers. All names and identifying details have been significantly altered to protect the identities of those involved.
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Human Trafficking Myth Busting Infographic
There are many misconceptions about human trafficking in Alberta. In recognition of National Victims of Crime Week 2015, ACT Alberta has created a Myth Busting Infographic aiming to disrupt these myths.
Click here to view.
Please contact us for more details or to request copies.
"Human Trafficking in Edmonton" Video Series
Watch ACT Alberta's 3 part series presented by Edmonton's first lady Sarah Chan, Honorary Chair of ACT Alberta's action plan "Engaging Community: Edmonton Community Plan to Prevent Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls."
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Human Trafficking Myth Busting Infographic Launch
This week, ACT Alberta launches a myth busting infographic that aims to dispel many of the misconceptions around human trafficking in Alberta.
In Edmonton, the infographic will be released during the Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness Procolamation event on Monday, April 20. Click here for the press release.
In Red Deer, it will be released at an+ Read More
About Human Trafficking in Alberta
Human trafficking is a violation of fundamental human rights that affects untold millions worldwide. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that human trafficking is the second most prevalent illegal activity globally - second only to drug trafficking - and is the fastest growing global crime overall. While human trafficking often conjures up images of sex slaves in brothels in Thailand, this is an abuse that also happens right here in Canada. However, despite the enormity+ Read More
Legal Research by University of Alberta Law Students
Last term, law students at the University of Alberta provided legal research and analysis to ACT Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Joanna Harrington. We are extremely grateful for their excellent work, including:
- An analysis of the human trafficking provisions in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code, by Lindsay E. Burgess;
- An analysis of the Temporary Resident Permits (TRP) and other victim assi+ Read More
Human Trafficking Charges Laid in Edmonton
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has laid several charges against Jennilyn Morris, including human trafficking, after a lengthy investigation into alleged labour exploitation in the Edmonton area.
Morris allegedly illegally employed a number of foreign nationals as cleaning, kitchen, and room service staff and as unskilled workers at an Edmonton-area publishing company.
At least one individual was allegedly brought into Canada through the+ Read More
New TIP Report Tracks Canada's Performance
The US State Department released their annual Trafficking in Persons Report last week, which analyzes and ranks nearly every country in the world on their governmental responses to human trafficking.
Canada retained its Tier One ranking, indicating that our Government fully complies with the minimum standards set for the elimination of trafficking. However, the report recognizes that this country has much to improve upon.
The report urges Canada t+ Read More
Good Hundred Experiment
One of our star volunteers, Candice Smiley, attended the Good Hundred Experiment on behalf of ACT Alberta on May 31st, 2014. Read about her experiences here:
A Day of Do Good-ed-ness...
The sun was shining and yet we all gathered together for a good cause. Why you ask? We were a bunch of Do-Gooders or those part of Do-Gooder Projects and Organizations, all gathered+ Read More
New RCMP Enforcement Team
Creation of a special RCMP Enforcement Team to Combat Human Trafficking in Quebec announced.
ACT Alberta receives $200,000 grant from SWC
ACT Alberta is pleased and excited to be part of a new project to address sex trafficking in Edmonton. We are receiving nearly $200,000 from Status of Women Canada for this project.
In particular, we are excited to be working with CEASE, the YWCA, SACE, REACH, ASSIST, the Edmonton Police Service and the City of Edmonton to create a community action plan to address sex trafficking in our city.
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Annual Report on the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking
New report on the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking is now available!
CCR Human Trafficking Toolkit
The Canadian Council for Refugees is pleased to launch a Starter Toolkit intended for anyone wishing to start or enhance existing outreach and awareness-raising activities on trafficking in persons in their own communities, organizations and sectors.
The toolkit highlights Canadian and international resources that are used daily by organizations across Canada in their work on trafficking.
- Background informati
New Report on Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal
A research paper entitled "Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal in the OSCE Region" has been published by OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro.
To download the full report, please visit:
US Gov't Releases HT Report
U.S. HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT CARD: “CANADA CAN DO BETTER”
June 20, 2013 – For Immediate Release
A major report released this week by the US State Department calls on Canada to strengthen its response to human trafficking.
The 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is an overview of human trafficking in nearly every country in the world. Canada has a Tier One ranking, meaning this country complies with the State Department’s standards. T+ Read More
One Year Anniversary of the National Action Plan
ACT Alberta - putting the brakes on human trafficking
Truck drivers may be the “eyes and ears” for reporting modern day slavery in our community and a new campaign in Alberta seeks to make that connection for the trucking industry.
ACT Alberta is partnering with Ontario-based PACT-Ottawa to roll out an awareness campaign to truck stops this summer.
“Drivers are in contact with hundreds of people and across wide distances in this country” notes ACT Alberta Executive Direc+ Read More
Responding to Human Trafficking in Alberta: The Power of Partnerships
Working to eradicate human trafficking and help those whose daily lives are impacted by it is often a faceless experience that is slow to show change.
Our most consuming efforts are to make people aware that human slavery is not a thing of the past. It is happening today and it is happening in our communities.
So when we are called upon to assist victims of human trafficking, it is gratifying to say the least, but also a demonstration of what can be accomplished when the right+ Read More
Human Trafficking in Canada: A Student's Perspective
With the subject of human trafficking becoming such a prevalent topic throughout the media in recent years, it has a lot of people in Canada and throughout the world asking several questions about human trafficking. Many of these questions range from questions like “what is human trafficking?” to “does human trafficking exist in Canada?”. With it being a+ Read More
Volunteers seek to take campaign against youth prostitution into community
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A local coalition of charities is launching a new public awareness campaign on human trafficking in the wake of several recent juvenile prostitution charges.
Action Coalition on Human Trafficking will be training local volunteers this Saturday, equipping them to give presentations on recognizing the danger to school and community groups in hopes more people will recognize signs when someone is being exploited.
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Edmonton Police charge 3 with Human Trafficking
Edmonton Police Services have laid human trafficking and prostitution-related charges against three men in connection to two separate cases. In both cases, young women
were forced into prostitution and were exploited out of city hotels.
Ali Saghafi, 25, is alleged to have lured an underage girl to Edmonton from Saskatoon and forced her into prostitution. Saghafi is facing a number of charges including trafficking of a person under the age of 1
ACT recognizes International Abolition of Slavery Day
Coffee for a Cause was held on Dec 1 to coincide with the International Abolition of Slavery Day on Dec 2. Charlotte and her team were hosted by Second Cup on Edmonton's Whyte Ave and had the opportunity to connect with Customers to tell them about ACT and human trafficking. A great response was received with many signing up to receive ACT's newsletter. Special thanks to Charlotte Bellis, all the volunteers as well as Second Cup who made the day possible
Priest Charged with Human Trafficking; Company Pleads Guilty on Lesser Charge
An Alberta company owned by a St. Paul priest has pleaded guilty to bringing in Polish workers under false pretenses.
Father Lipinski, his wife Angela and business partner Calvin Steinhauer were initially charged with human trafficking in a case that goes back to 2005. The charges against the three accused have now been dropped and their company,
Kihew Energy, has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and fined $215,000. Investigators claim that Kihew Energy profited over a million+ Read More
Minister Ambrose applauds ACT Alberta for efforts to end human trafficking
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, applauded ACT's efforts on September 6th, the day of our workshop "Human Trafficking in Edmonton: Identifying and Assisting Victims", aimed to train government, law enforcement and social service agencies.
Please read below for her full comments.
The minister stressed her appreciation for ACT Alberta's work+ Read More
Human Trafficking in Calgary: Informing a Localized Response Full Report
TRAFFICKING IN CALGARY: NOT JUST A FOREIGN PROBLEM
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CALGARY, ALBERTA, MARCH 23 — No one has ever been convicted for humantrafficking in Alberta, yet nearly half of law enforcement, government, and social agencies surveyed in Calgary have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking.
This surprising finding is revealed in Human Trafficking in Calgary: Informing a Localized response, a report released by the Action Coalition on human Trafficking (ACT) a
Victims of Trafficking Need an Array of Services
Western Canada’s first human trafficking charges were dropped in court on Wednesday, due to “significant witness issues”. Despite police efforts to reassure these victims that they were not in legal trouble, they were still unwilling to fully participate in Monday’s preliminary trial.
“We know that victims of trafficking frequently fear authorities, which becomes compounded by the trauma of their exploitation and the fear of their tra+ Read More
FLDS Church Accused of Labour Trafficking
Child labour? Forced marriages? Alberta is not immune to polygamist cult accused of moving children between provinces and countries.
The United Nations, and Canadian law, define human trafficking as an act where someone recruits, transports, transfers, receives or holds a person, or controls their movement, for the purposes of exploiting them.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) is one of the largest Mormon fundam+ Read More
Federal Government Plans to Fight Human Trafficking – Looks to Alberta
The federal government announced plans today to address what many refer to as modern-day slavery in Canada. The 47 page strategy includes increased education, training for law enforcement and support for victims.
“This is an important step in addressing this crime” says Andrea Burkhart with Alberta’s human trafficking coalition, ACT Alberta.
“We’re increasingly seeing victims of trafficking here in Alberta, and are optimistic
U.S. Human Trafficking Report Card: “Canada Can Do Better”
Just weeks after releasing a National Action Plan on Human Trafficking, the federal government is in the spotlight again on this issue. A major report released this week by the US State Department calls on Canada to strengthen its response to human trafficking.
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The 2012 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is an overview of human trafficking in nearly every country in the world. Canada has a Tier One ranking, which means it complies with the State Department’s standards.