MEDIA RELEASE – Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Launches Regional Client Centered Support Model for Survivors of Human Trafficking

MEDIA RELEASE 

HALTON COLLABORATIVE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAUNCHES REGIONAL CLIENT CENTERED SUPPORT MODEL FOR SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

OAKVILLE-February 13th, 2017 – The Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (HCAHT) is thrilled to announce that they will be launching their Halton Region Client Centred Support Model, and are inviting all relevant community partners, regional representatives, and interested parties to celebrate at a public event on February 23rd at 1pm, at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario). Attendees will learn more about the realities of Human Trafficking in the region, and will hear about the development of the Client Centred Support Model, how it can be implemented at local agencies, and how to access forthcoming educational presentations on Human Trafficking to share within the communities.

 

About The Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (HCAHT)

Ontario has become a “major hub” for human trafficking and sexual violence in Canada, with most survivors being local underage girls and young women (93%, according to the Canadian Women’s Foundation). In the Halton region, trafficking for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation regularly occurs in hotels along the 401 and 403 corridors.


The Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton received funding from Status of Women Canada to coordinate the Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking pilot project in order to:

  • Lead the development of a “Client Centered Support Model” to supportsurvivors of Human Trafficking in Halton and surrounding regions.
  • Raise awareness about Human Trafficking in the context of Halton and surrounding regions through public education and awareness presentations.
  • Share the findings of the project with relevant regional and provincial committees to support the Provincial and National efforts being made to counter Human Trafficking in Canada.

 

“The Collaborative members represent over 25 Halton region agencies that currently support, or have the potential to support survivors of Human Trafficking,” said Alma Arguello, Executive Director at the SAVIS of Halton. “Their hard work and expertise has been instrumental to developing the Client Centered Support Model, and we hope that as it is implemented by service providers across the Halton Region, survivors will have access to resources that are designed for their unique needs.” 

 

About SAVIS of Halton

The Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton is a non-profit agency that provides support to all survivors of violence.  We offer one-on-one counselling services for female-identified, male-identified persons, and members of the Transgendered and gender fluid community (14+) who are survivors of abuse, including childhood sexual abuse.  We also offer counselling and resources for family members, friends and support persons.  At SAVIS we believe that survivors of violence are experts in their own healing.  All of our services are free and confidential.

 

SAVIS of Halton: No Names, No Judgement, Just Support.

Visit us online at www.savisofhalton.org

 

 

For further information, images and interviews please contact:

Alma Arguello, Executive Director, SAVIS of Halton, 905-825-3622 x 24

executivedirector@savisofhalton.org