Action Plan 2015
Engaging Community: Addressing Sex Trafficking in Edmonton
In the fall of 2013, ACT Alberta received funding from Status of Women Canada to develop a Community Action Plan to prevent and reduce sex trafficking of women and girls in Edmonton. This project was also funded in part by the Canadian Women's Foundation.
The project was divided into the following four phases: (1) conducting a community needs assessment, (2) creating a Community Action Plan, (3) implementing one priority item, and (4) evaluation.
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Full Report Summary Document
This project was guided by a Core Team of the following organizations:
- ACT Alberta
- ASSIST Community Services Centre
- Centre to End all Sexual Exploitation (CEASE)
- City of Edmonton- Community Services
- Councillor Scott McKeen
- Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA)
- Edmonton Police Service (EPS)
- Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW)
- REACH Edmonton
- Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)
- YWCA of Edmonton
- Sarah Chan, Honorary Chair
Audit Guide Documents
Watch our 3 part video series on human trafficking in Edmonton presented by Edmonton's first lady Sarah Chan, Honorary Chair of ACT Alberta's action plan. Click image to watch.
As part of the action plan project, ACT Alberta launched a Human Trafficking Awareness: Training Challenge to expand Edmonton's understanding of human trafficking in Canada. We challenged Edmonton service providers and the public to take the BC Office to Combat Human Trafficking in Persons' (BCOCTIP) free, online training that provides a basic overview of human trafficking in Canada, including how to identify, support and refer trafficking cases.
Although the challenge is now over, BCOCTIP's training is still available online. We want to thank everyone who participated and congratulate Boyle Street Community Services for winning the first place prize and CEASE for coming in second place.
Labour Trafficking: Holding Tight to a Double-Edged Sword
In 2016, ACT Alberta received funding from Public Safety Canada and a donation from Tammy Johnson to undertake research into the intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton.
Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, service providers and others, this study has produced a local body of knowledge on the realities of labour trafficking in Edmonton.
It found that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is the primary vehicle by which labour trafficking occurs in Edmonton. Recruiters and employers manipulate this program and traffic workers both into and across Canada. Many businesses in Edmonton reap immense profits off the backs of victims of labour trafficking, who often work and live in deplorable conditions.
To access the full report, click here.
Youth Engagement Project (YEP!)
The youth of Alberta are the future of this province. With this in mind, ACT Alberta initiated the Youth Engagement Project (YEP!) that sought to educate and engage youth on human trafficking in Canada. Guided by a human rights framework, this project drew on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Alberta Human Rights Act in order to equip youth with the tools and skills necessary to understand and respond to human trafficking.
From 2013 to 2014, ACT Alberta reached youth in Edmonton and Calgary, offering them an interactive and age-appropriate presentation presented by fellow youth. In these one-hour long presentations, students learned about human trafficking in Canada and how to use human rights-based strategies to present these issues to their own communities. Our presentation equipped students with the skills needed to become active and responsible citizens who are aware of their capacity to affect change in their communities, society, and the wider world.