What is Human Trafficking
There are survivors from varied backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic statuses, and so the overwhelming risk factor identified is ‘simply being a girl’. While we know that there are also male-identified persons who experience trafficking and sexual exploitation, these cases are vastly under-reported and there is no current Canadian data on these survivors.
Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (HCAHT)
What is the HCAHT?
The Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (HCAHT) exists to create and support a unified Halton community and regional response to combat human trafficking. SAVIS is the lead agency and acts as a backbone organization to the HCAHT.
The HCAHT works as a hub of community efforts to:
- Advance the rights of survivors of human trafficking
- Coordinate the delivery of services to people who have been and/or in situations of human trafficking
- Collectively break down and address systemic barriers survivors face when accessing services
- Prevent further instances of human trafficking by raising awareness of the issues, and
- Build service providers’ capacity to support survivors of human trafficking through a harm reduction, trauma-informed approach, and an anti-racist/anti-oppressive framework
- We recognize that each survivor of Human Trafficking has unique needs
- We work within an anti-racist/anti-oppressive framework
- We are committed to a Human Rights Approach
- the right to live free from violence
- the right to live free from drug addiction
- the right to live free from racism
- the right to live free from sexism and ageism
- the right to live free from substance abuse
- the right to migrate in safety
- the right to earn a decent wage
- the right to have labour protection
- the rights of our endangered global ecosystem
- the rights of people suffering from humanitarian and ecological disasters
- We believe in collaboration
- We stress diversity, welcome differences of opinion and commit to dialogue
- We are evidence-based
The HCAHT includes those who have experienced trafficking as well as stakeholders from a variety of sectors (government, non-government, and non-profit) that deliver services to and support survivors of Human Trafficking in Halton and surrounding regions. Our ARAO mandate encourages the involvement of stakeholders representing groups with different and diverse identities like LGBT2Q+, immigrant and refugee, differently abled, and Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC). For the purposes of the HCAHT, ‘survivor’ is defined as an individual who has been trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation in the past and has already begun a journey of healing and recovery. Apart from our survivor consultants, membership to the HCAHT is reserved for stakeholders who are representing an agency as a means to ensure membership accountability.
Client Centred Support Model:
The Client Centred Support Model is intended to educate and guide the HCAHT member agencies as well as relevant secondary communities in how to best support those who have experienced trafficking and sexual exploitation. The goal of implementing the Support Model across the region of Halton is to enhance local coordination and collaboration and to ensure that service providers are educated on best practices to employ when supporting survivors.
As all clients are different, the support they ask for will be different. The Support Model is a living document, and will continue to be revised, evaluated, and updated as more resources and information are made available to the HCAHT.
It is important to make services accessible to those who choose to remain in vulnerable situations in a way that helps them stay as safe as possible. Harm reduction resources need to be easy to access, have no restrictions, and be provided with empathy and without judgement
For more information, to request the password to access the Client Centred Support Model and/or to request an educational presentation on Human Trafficking, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org