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  • Timoshkina, Natalya & Lynn McDonald
    *numerous interesting findings *recommendations, including those about policy and services: •Ensure adequate training for law enforcement and immigration officers on identification of, and competent responses to, cases of sex trafficking. •Create a new immigration category for trafficked persons (similar to T-1 Visa in the U.S.) or a special humanitarian and compassionate grounds sub-category. Trafficked victims should not be pressured to testify against their traffickers. •Provide migrant workers with opportunities to establish permanent residency in Canada and to reunite with family. •Strengthen coordination and collaboration between immigration authorities, law enforcement, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders in response to human trafficking. •Develop relevant local, national and international counter-trafficking partnerships and initiatives. •Develop comprehensive, multilingual information kits pertaining to Canadian immigration and labour policies, laws, regulations, migrants’ and workers’ rights, and health and social services. Kits should be distributed through Canadian embassies, consulates and missions abroad, and at the Canadian ports of entry, to all temporary workers, visitors, and students. •Ensure accessibility and effectiveness of services for trafficked persons.
    2011 , Canadian
  • Comité d’action contre la traite humaine interne et internationale (CATHII)
    This paper provides a summary of three key documents that were prepared to promote national action against trafficking in persons in Canada: “An Exploration of Promising Practices in Response to Human Trafficking in Canada”, a report requested by the government of the province of Manitoba in 2010; “Connecting the Dots”, a proposal presented by Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St-Paul, recommending measures required in a national action plan to combat trafficking in persons, published before the NAP was developed; and “Invisible Chains”, by researcher and jurist Benjamin Perrin, which analyzes the issue of trafficking in persons in Canada and abroad. The summary outlines different perspectives on emerging trends and needs in Canada’s anti-trafficking efforts.
    2010 , Canadian
  • Polaris Project
    This wheel is meant to raise awareness about the non-physical forms of control used by traffickers in situations of sex and labour trafficking, many of which can be similar to non-physical forms of control and power present in domestic violence situations.
    2010 , International
  • Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity
    Buying Sex Is Not a Sport is a grassroots campaign to raise awareness and effect change around sex trafficking and the 2010 Olympic games. The demand for sexual access to the bodies of women and children fuels human trafficking. Women and children in Metro Vancouver and Whistler are routinely coerced into the flesh trade to meet this demand, and a large sporting event such as the 2010 Olympics will only further exploitation through a rise in the demand for paid sex. Buttons, posters, t-shirts available for sale.
    2010 , Canadian
  • International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy
    Our most recent product, An Exploration of Promising Practices in Response to Human Trafficking in Canada, is available in both English and French. The project assists with the identification of potential best practices to help combat human trafficking in Canada. The project was commissioned by the Government of Manitoba on behalf of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Forum of Senior Officials responsible for the Status of Women. The report has three parts. The first part discusses the legal and sociological context required to understand human trafficking issues as they relate to prevention and victim services. In this regard, the Trafficking Protocol to the Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the first internationally agreed upon definition of trafficking in persons, frames the discussion. The report outlines Canada's laws against human trafficking: section 279.01 of the Criminal Code, passed in 2005, and section 118 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, passed in 2002. Canada's existing human trafficking coordination bodies and victims services at the federal, provincial and territorial levels are briefly canvassed. The second section explores promising practices in human trafficking prevention and victim services while the third offers brief conclusions and recommendations on the practices presented. This report is available on the Government of Manitoba’s Website, as well as that of ICCLR.
    2010 , Canadian
  • Workers' Alliance against Forced Labour and Trafficking
    This map designed by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), with the support of the ILO Special Action Programme to combat forced labour provides information on the workers' alliance against forced labour and trafficking and examples of good practices.
    2010 , International
  • Smith, Joy / Member of Parliament
    2010 , Canadian
  • coerce.ca
    Raises awareness through a blog
    2010 , Canadian
  • Canada Fights Human Trafficking
    48 sec video
    2010
  • People's Law School
    A free 16-page booklet available in print and online. Summarizes the definition of trafficking, the law, initiatives and what members of the public can do. List of resources included. Other publications are available online: www.publiclegaled.bc.ca.
    2010 , Canadian
  • Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
    1 page with facts and statistics
    2010 , Canadian
  • Nagy, Timea
    A story of one person's difficult journey into the underbelly of the sex slavery trade and the personal healing and forgiveness that followed. Timea Nagy hopes to inspire others to rise above victimization and lead joyful and purposeful lives in spite of difficult circumstances a living example of grace in action.
    2010 , Canadian
  • Perrin, Benjamin
    2010 , Canadian
  • Hope for the Sold
    Video - information and interviews 46:16 minutes
    2010 , Canadian
  • PhotogenX
    Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth is a feature length documentary that follows a group of journalists as they travel in an RV across the United States, seeking to understand how the sexual exploitation of children has become the nation's fastest growing form of organized crime, and what can be done to stop it. Trailer on youTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsY93C8cm54&feature=player_embedded
    2010 , International
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    Project SECLUSION was prepared for the Immigration and Passport Branch as a national overview of human trafficking activities in an effort to identify the extent of organized crime involvement, transnational associations, source countries, as well as issues and challenges faced by law enforcement. This report also serves as a preliminary baseline of human trafficking activities affecting Canada in both the transnational and domestic perspectives. Issues identified in this assessment were the result of a thorough analysis of investigations with human trafficking elements which occurred between 2005 and 2009. In order to establish consistency, the analysis was framed by the definition of human trafficking as set by the Criminal Code (CC) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
    2010 , Canadian
  • Cunningham-Huston, Catherine
    “The Walk” is a new play about sex trafficking, by Catherine Cunningham-Huston. It will be produced by Moon Dog Theatre, in association with PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans). It's the story of three wildly incompatible individuals struggling to write a play about the trafficking of women. CATHERINE ANNE is a quirky social activist nun, STEPHANIE is a neurotic writer, and PETER is an out-of-work film director. From the group’s meetings, the haunting stories of trafficked women emerge. One thread that runs through the play is the story of CELESTINE, a Nigerian woman who was trafficked for eight years in Italy and is now trying to build a life for her infant son in Canada.
    2010 , Canadian
  • Malarek, Victor
    2009 , Canadian
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    The International Framework for Action is a technical assistance tool that supports United Nations Member States in the effective implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (United Nations Trafficking Protocol), supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). ***See Table 2 on Protection and Assistance***
    2009 , International
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    On 12 February 2009, UNODC launched the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Based on data gathered from 155 countries, it offers the first global assessment of the scope of human trafficking and what is being done to fight it. It includes: an overview of trafficking patterns; legal steps taken in response; and country-specific information on reported cases of trafficking in persons, victims, and prosecutions.
    2009 , International
  • Gouvernement du Québec
    The committee’s mandate was to “Examine measures to protect the rights of migrant women who are the victims of trafficking, within the scope of the jurisdiction of the Québec government, and examine the possibility of negotiating an agreement with the federal government concerning this matter”. The report is based on extensive work. The first section defines the terms used and presents the legal framework. The second section summarizes the information gathered by the committee and presents an overview of human trafficking in Québec while discussing possible solutions. The third section contains the committee’s observations.
    2009 , Canadian
  • International Organization for Migration, London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking in Persons
    For many trafficked persons, the physical and psychological aftermath of a trafficking experience can be severe and enduring. Health providers may come into contact with victims of trafficking at different stages of the trafficking process and at different stages of their recovery. For health practitioners, diagnosing and treating trafficked persons can be exceptionally challenging. The informed and attentive health care provider can play an important role in assisting and treating individuals who may have suffered unspeakable and repeated abuse.
    2009 , International
  • International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR)
    Only available in French. En 2004, le Bureau international des droits des enfants (IBCR) a été mandaté par le ministère de la Justice du Canada pour effectuer une étude préliminaire sur la traite d’enfants afin d’identifier l’ampleur et la portée du phénomène au Canada. Même si cette étude a permis de noter quelques avancées réalisées par le Canada, elle a aussi dévoilé un retard certain face aux initiatives et aux mesures adoptées par l’Union Européenne et les Etats-Unis. Force est de constater que la traite existe au Canada, ce qui est démontré dans cette étude. Par la suite, l’IBCR a voulu approfondir ce constat, tout en ayant le souci de passer à l’action et de développer des outils et des partenariats susceptibles de faire cesser cette violation des droits des enfants. Ainsi l’IBCR a entamé une étude plus poussée sur la traite d’enfants au Québec au cours de l’année 2006. Les résultats obtenus et les réseaux de collaboration établis par le biais de cette recherche devraient contribuer à : 1) prévenir la traite ; 2) protéger les droits des enfants et 3) renforcer la poursuite des trafiquants. Ce rapport présente un résumé de cette recherche de l’IBCR. Il expose la méthodologie ainsi que les résultats qualitatifs et les perspectives en matière de lutte contre la traite au Québec.
    2009 , Canadian
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    The UNODC Model Law against Trafficking in Persons has been developed to assist States in implementing the provisions contained in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing that Convention. It aims to facilitate the review and amendment of existing legislation as well as the adoption of new legislation. The Model Law covers not only the criminalization of trafficking in persons and related offences, but also the different aspects of assistance to victims as well as establishing cooperation between different state authorities and NGOs. Each provision is accompanied by a detailed commentary, providing several options for legislators, as appropriate, and legal sources and examples.
    2009 , International
  • Beyond Borders
    Children fall victim to human traffickers for many of the same reasons that adults become victims. However, children have less influence on their own lives, and the national systems of justice and child welfare often do not adequately protect them. Children are thus much more vulnerable than adults ot exploitation. Children can become victims of a trafficking operation at any age, depending on the form of exploitation to which they will be subjected. Sometimes the children may know that they will be used to provide sexual services to adults, but they are completely unaware of the level of abuse to which they will be subjected, or of the physical and psychological damage they will suffer. Young people who want to get away from their home situations might not think about the possible problems they could face, and they do not have the experience to anticipate the dangers. Children who have no one to protect the are easy to manipulate. The traffickers understand this vulnerability, and are ready to exploit it. 6 pages
    2009 , Canadian

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