This webinar will familiarize you with the scope and scale of human trafficking in Ontario and Canada, and how health-care providers can play a critical role in identifying and, providing aftercare to these individuals. During this session, you will also be provided with information on how to navigate and access local resources, and discuss future directions for advocacy and change at the systems level.
Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, and exercising of control over someone in order to exploit (RCMP, 2013). It may involve international border crossing, but more often occurs within Canada between cities/provinces, or even within a single city. Several forms of human trafficking exist, and recent data demonstrates that while marginalized populations are most vulnerable, health-care providers may need to screen all clients in diverse clinical environments for signs of human trafficking. Although there is a long history in Canada of law enforcement and social service involvement, health-care providers may not have received the same level of training in order to safely and effectively identify, assess, and refer trafficked persons.
During this presentation, participants will learn
- Overview of human trafficking at the provincial and national levels
- Safely identify trafficked persons, and learn about health assessment and health needs
- Learn strategies to co-ordinate care once trafficked person identified
Mia Biondi, PhD, RN, NP-student, Western University, London, ON.
Jenna Baronette, MScN, NP-PHC, Waterloo Region, ON.
Caroline Pugh-Roberts, Executive Member and Lived Experience Advisor, London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee, London, ON.
Julie Neubauer, MEd, Manager of Human Trafficking Services, Covenant House, Toronto, ON.