- Canada is a party to the Palermo Protocol;
- CCR passed Resolution 24 in December 2001 and subsequently has held regional workshops and a national conference to explore the issues domestically.
- It was identified that a serious barrier exists for trafficked persons, in particular women and children, seeking assistance due to lack of access to legal status in Canada;
Therefore be it resolved
That the CCR:
- Call on the Government of Canada to expand the definition of protected persons to include trafficked persons.
- Call on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to urgently develop a regulatory class.
- Call on CIC to give trafficked persons special consideration under H&C, and to accompany this with a regulatory stay.
- Insist that these measures not be tied to providing testimony and not be punitive.
- Call on CIC to give trafficked persons access to Interim Federal Health (IFH) benefits, work permits and legal aid.
- Call on the IRB to address the special circumstances of trafficked persons in the gender guidelines.
- Call on the federal and provincial governments to ensure that separated children have guardians assigned to them.