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.