Government of Canada announces funding for survivor-informed human trafficking prevention initiative for youth
September 9, 2022 By Blue Line Staff / Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
Aug. 30, 2022, Mississauga, Ont. – The Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, met with EFRY Hope and Help for Women where the Empowering Against Exploitation project is shifting youth’s attitudes, knowledge and skills around exploitation and sex trafficking. This project is supported with an investment of $273,000 over four years, made available under Public Safety Canada’s Contribution Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime.
Human trafficking is a heinous crime that disproportionately affects women and girls. Indigenous people, migrants and immigrants and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals are often at greater risk. The Government of Canada is committed to ending human trafficking in all its forms and that starts with raising awareness.
The Empowering Against Exploitation project is a survivor-informed prevention initiative that is offered directly in schools, group homes, shelters, community centres and justice sites. It focuses on preventing exploitation and sex trafficking, by raising awareness among youth about grooming and recruitment tactics. It also addresses sexual and emotional health, online safety, and risk factors, like substance abuse. The project promotes self-esteem and connects youth with resources on how and where to access a range of social supports.
Combatting human trafficking requires urgent action in close partnership with industry and civil society. While working toward building a safer and more resilient Canada, the Government of Canada stands committed to supporting these efforts, through the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking. With over $60 million in federal funding, work continues to advance a comprehensive plan to tackle this gendered crime through prevention, which includes innovative and community-led awareness efforts and survivor empowerment.
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