For immediate release
3 June 2020

Media Advisory

Public event - Forced labour happens in Canada: precarious migrants call for justice and protection

Members of the media are invited to a public education event showing what human trafficking looks like in Canada and what the solutions are. Forced labour happens in Canada but existing government programs and policies fail to protect precarious status migrants who are those most likely to be in situations of labour trafficking. The current pandemic crisis only amplifies their precarity.
Front-line workers and advocates will speak to the realities on the ground and the changes needed in order to protect exploited non-status migrants.
When: 10 June, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST
Where: GoToWebinars
To attend: Register here


  • Shelley Gilbert, Legal Assistance of Windsor, Co-Chair, CCR Anti-Trafficking Committee
  • Sue Wilson, Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada (London)
  • Natalie Drolet, Migrant Workers Centre (Vancouver)
  • Leah Woolner, Mouvement contre le viol et l’inceste (Montreal)
  • Migrant workers with lived experience : ‘Maria’, Rico Angustia

Read the CCR background reports:

Forced Labour Happens in Canada
Trafficked Persons: Avoiding Collateral Harm

Read the CCR backgrounder for the media:

Forced labour happens in Canada: precarious migrants call for justice and protection


Media contact:

Janet Dench,

About CCR:

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world. Since 2003, the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) has provided national leadership and support for advocates concerned about trafficked non-citizens, including women, girls, and other vulnerable communities in Canada. The CCR also advocates to protect trafficked persons through legislation and policy reform.

For more information and resources: