Newsletter - January 2014
This has been an extremely busy month for us all here at ACT Alberta!
Along with lots of new and exciting events and activities planned for the coming year, we are also pleased to welcome Danielle Monroe as our new Edmonton Coordinator. It’s great to have her on the team!
Upcoming events: WalkFree Edmonton
WalkFree is an indoor sponsored walk against human trafficking. Four anti-trafficking charities, including ACT Alberta, have been chosen as recipients of funds that will be raised at this event. Each WalkFree participant will be able to choose one of these charities to walk for.
April 12, 2014
Karl Weidle Centre, 14020 142 Street, Edmonton
In each issue, ACT Alberta draws attention to a special topic or organization that deals with human trafficking.
We are honoured to include this article written by Glendene Grant. Her daughter Jessie Foster went missing after becoming a victim of human trafficking.
When Jessie Foster was just 20 years old, she was taken (lured/recruited) from Canada to Las Vegas. That was May 13, 2005. She was kept there for 10 months, under conditions we had no idea about. We thought she was living there, in love and engaged.
In reality, Jessie had been beaten and hospitalized with a broken jaw and was forced into the sex trade, even arrested for solicitation of prostitution. But more than all that, Jessie was a victim of human trafficking and we did not know.
Jessie went missing March 29, 2006 and since then I have done anything and everything I can think of, to find my daughter. I have even said many times, I WILL FIND JESSIE, OR DIE TRYING, because it’s true.
To raise awareness about Jessie’s disappearance means we have to also raise awareness to the crime of human trafficking. I don’t think you can talk about one without talking about the other. Today, almost 8 years after Jessie went missing, her name has become connected with missing human trafficking victims.
Many people think of Jessie as Canada’s, even North America’s, poster child for the crime of modern-day sex-trafficking. And as sad as that is when you really think about it, having no one know who Jessie Foster is (or, if she is not still alive, was), and her still being missing, would have been much sadder, as far as I am concerned.
Community Education in Calgary
A new batch of Volunteer Community Educators were trained in Calgary on February 1, 2014. We are excited to welcome the new Educators to ACT Alberta!
A reminder that ACT Alberta offers free training sessions and workshops on human trafficking. Please contact us for more information.
There are several new volunteer opportunities at ACT Alberta.
: Youth Community Educator
- Youth Engagement Committee Member
Edmonton: Event Coordinator
- Volunteer Manager
- Administrative Assistant
Visit our website for more details and opportunities.
ACT Alberta led a discussion on human trafficking on Alberta on January 22 after a presentation of Not My Life. We thank unCommon Grace for hosting the event.
Labour Trafficking Roundtable
ACT Alberta collaborated with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (BC) to organize a regional consultation/training roundtable on labour trafficking in Calgary on February 4, 2014. This Roundtable will assist Public Safety Canada in developing an understanding of how to better uncover, recognize, investigate and prosecute instances of labour trafficking in Canada.
Provincial Program Coordinator Karen McCrae wrote this overview of human trafficking in the Victims of Violence newsletter. Read starting on page 9.
Checkout the January column of the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association, “Crime Prevention and Human Trafficking” also written by ACT’s Karen McCrae.
News From Across Canada
17-year old Ottawa girl is the first minor convicted of human trafficking in Canada. She befriended girls on Facebook and other social media and then forced them to work as escorts.
Operation Northern Spotlight, a two-day Canada-wide blitz aimed at gathering and sharing information on human trafficking amongst police services in 26 Canadian cities took place this month.
- Some sex workers feel the Operation was used as an intimidation tactic. Emily Symons, Chair of POWER’s Board of Directors says “to effectively target exploitation, police need to work with sex workers, not intimidate them.”
- Two suspects identified as a result in Windsor, ON.
- One suspect arrested as a result in London, ON.
- Two men charged as a result in Kitchner, ON.
- Two men arrested as a result in Toronto, ON.
- Read more about the Operation in Peel & Durham, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Ottawa.
A proposed ban on employees with trafficking in persons convictions from using Temporary Foreign Workers has been dropped.
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