FAQs: Victim Support 2017-04-06T20:05:57+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to help get victims services in rural areas or outside the larger urban centres? 2017-04-06T20:04:50+00:00

Each human trafficking situation is unique and no two stories are the same. We encourage you to call ACT Alberta and/or your local law enforcement if you suspect that human trafficking is occurring in your community.

How important or necessary is it for the police to get involved in order for the victim to receive meaningful assistance? 2017-04-13T18:02:24+00:00

The majority of the protection supports and services that ACT Alberta coordinates do not require police involvement. However, police involvement may streamline certain processes, such as receiving immigration status or accessing criminal justice.

What does ACT Alberta do if the victim does not meet the definition of human trafficking? 2017-04-13T18:03:20+00:00

ACT Alberta’s mandate is to assist victims of human trafficking. As a result, when a person is referred to ACT Alberta we will do an assessment of his or her situation to identify elements of human trafficking. If an individual has not been trafficked, we will refer them to other agencies for support.

It’s not often that victims self-identify as trafficked. How important is it that they self-identify in order to receive comprehensive support? 2017-04-06T20:03:13+00:00

As we will only help an individual with his or her consent, it is crucial for a victim to recognize that they have been mistreated and consent to receive assistance. If an individual is willing to accept our help and meets the definition of human trafficking, we will coordinate services for them.

Depending on the situation, the trafficked person may need to consent to be identified as a victim of human trafficking in order to receive help. For example, if a foreign national with no immigration status wants to remain in Canada, we may recommend that they apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) for Victims of Human Trafficking. In this case, they will have to speak about their trafficking experiences in order to be awarded immigration status. If they are unwilling to identify themselves in this way, they will not be able to access the TRP.

Note most of the supports available through ACT Alberta do not require self-identification.

What services can victims access through the Victim Assistance Fund? 2017-04-06T20:02:48+00:00

ACT Alberta’s Victim Assistance Fund is a small pool of money fed by individual donations and is intended to meet financial needs that cannot be already met in the community. The types of financial needs covered by this fund are determined on a case-by-case basis, upon approval from a Director.

For example, the Victim Assistance Fund could be accessed if a trafficked person is ineligible for the food bank and has no resources to buy groceries. In this case, ACT Alberta may provide food gift cards so that s/he can buy supplies. Another example would be if a victim needs to be transported to another community for safety. Though ACT Alberta has a number of partnerships with transportation companies who will waive fees for victims, there are some regions where we do not have support. In these cases, ACT Alberta may pay for a bus ticket to relocate the person to safety.

What does ACT Alberta do to help victims? 2017-04-06T20:02:18+00:00

ACT Alberta will coordinate relevant and needed resources for a trafficked person using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach.  ACT Alberta provides timely information, coordination, support, and referrals to identified victims of human trafficking.

How can I tell is someone is trafficked versus being undocumented? 2017-04-06T20:01:29+00:00

Not every undocumented person in Canada has been trafficked and not all trafficked persons are undocumented. If you identify red flags of human trafficking in a story shared by an individual, we encourage you to ask more questions and suggest that they connect with additional supports (including ACT Alberta).

How can I determine if someone is being trafficked? 2017-04-06T20:00:25+00:00

For some common indicators of human trafficking, we recommend consulting the United Nations Human Trafficking Indicators. In ACT Alberta’s experience, the most important factor in being able to determine whether someone has been trafficked is trust. It can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years for a full story of trafficking to emerge. Once a trusting relationship is established, a trafficked person is more likely to disclose details of his or her experiences.

How do victims of human trafficking find ACT Alberta? 2017-04-13T18:03:53+00:00

We provide targeting training on human trafficking to social workers, health care professionals, front-line service providers, law enforcement, government agencies, and the for-profit sector (e.g. hospitality, banks, etc). When these agencies come into contact with suspected victims of trafficking, they refer the individual to ACT Alberta. Individuals can also self-identify directly to ACT Alberta.

We are a strong community with active members and participants. If you would like to support us or learn more about ACT Alberta, sign up for our newsletter.