Forum on Human Trafficking

10:00 - 3:00

Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
70 St. Mary Street
Toronto ON M5S 1J3

Human Trafficking within the Criminal Code: Implications for Internationally Trafficked Persons

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Organized by the CCR Anti-Trafficking Committee in conjunction with the CCR Fall Consultation, this forum is an opportunity for CCR members and others to engage in a discussion about the available remedies to internationally trafficked persons with a specific focus on the criminal justice process in relation to the changes in the criminal code definition currently debated in the Parliament.

The event brings together service providers, NGOs, anti-trafficking, social justice and migrant rights advocates, as well as lawyers, government representatives and others.

The Forum takes place the day before the CCR Fall Consultation in Toronto. 

Event details

Registration fee scale
  • General: $30 per participant
  • Reduced (Students, Low-income earner*): $10 per participant
  • Free: People with lived experience ONLY

*To confirm if you fall under this category, follow the LICO (Low-Income Cut-Off) table 2022

Please note: no organization should be prevented from participating due to fees. Please email us at to discuss a reduction, group rates or any other questions regarding registration.

What to expect
  • A training session on the Spectrum of Exploitation, an assessment and reflection tool, to help contextualize the multifaceted experiences of people subjected to exploitation and suggest remedies accordingly.
  • Panel discussion on the Criminal Code changes related to the definition of human before the Senate and the implications for internationally trafficked persons.
  • Networking with others engaged in anti-human trafficking work across Canada.
Who should attend

You should attend this meeting if you are:

  • Involved in the movement against human trafficking as an organization or individual
  • A front-line worker in settlement or other support service delivery working with trafficked persons, including trafficked non-citizens
  • An advocate for migrant workers, social justice, human rights
  • A person with lived experience in a trafficking situation
  • An academic, researcher or other stakeholder interested in acting in response to trafficking issues
  • A government representative involved in setting or implementing policies related to human trafficking

Program outline

Morning session

Criminal Code is one remedy among others available to internationally trafficked persons. This is a training opportunity for service providers and others working with exploited persons to consider exploitation beyond the criminal justice system. Participants will use the Spectrum of Exploitation tool to deepen their understanding of systemic and individual factors contributing to exploitation. The spectrum of exploitation framework allows for remedies tailored to an individual’s unique situation and provides opportunities for broadening awareness discourses outside the sex/trafficking binary.


  • Sue Wilson, Director, Office for Systemic Justice, Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
  • AnnaLise Trudell, Manager of Prevention Education & Research at Anova
Afternoon session

Currently, the Senate is debating a bill to amend the criminal code definition of human trafficking. The proposed changes can potentially lessen the burden to prove the fear element within the criminal justice process opening the door for more convictions. Yet, it’s unclear how those changes would impact internationally trafficked persons choosing to pursue criminal justice remedies and how this will affect possible immigration options. The session will discuss the current criminal code amendments, current temporary and permanent immigration options and implications these amendments may have for both the criminal and immigration process of internationally trafficked persons. This timely discussion will inform the need for further education and advocacy efforts once the bill is moved to the House of Commons.


  • Sue Orlando, lead human trafficking prosecutor at the MAG ON
  • David Cote, immigration lawyer at LAW
  • Loly Rico, Executive Director at  FCJ Refugee Centre

Register online by November 18. Register early as spaces are limited! 

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For more information: contact María José Espejo at

CCR understands trafficking along a spectrum of exploitation, including labour and human rights violations. At its core, trafficking occurs when exploitation meets coercion.

Learn more about the CCR's work on trafficking:

This meeting is hosted by the CCR Anti-Trafficking Committee, which includes service providers, anti-trafficking advocates, legal practitioners, violence against women and policy advocates from across Canada.