June 9, 2021 – Vancouver (British Columbia) – Women and Gender Equality Canada
Human trafficking is an unconscionable crime that impacts the most vulnerable in Canada and around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult to keep people safe, and help victims escape situations of human trafficking and access the supports they need. Indigenous women and girls, newcomers to Canada, Black and racialized women and those living in poverty are particularly at-risk of being trafficked.
The Government of Canada is committed to end human trafficking in all its forms and to provide victims and survivors with the supports they need to help them heal and regain control over their lives.
Today, Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced $2.8 million to support the following eight organizations that prevent and address human trafficking in British Columbia:
- Covenant House Vancouver
- Migrant Workers Centre BC Society
- Justice Education Society of BC
- M.O.S.A.I.C. (Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities)
- Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia
- SWAN Vancouver (Supporting Women’s Alternatives Network Society)
- Surrey Women’s Centre Society
- Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver
This funding will help these organizations increase awareness about human trafficking and support at-risk populations – including victims and survivors. Organizations like those receiving this funding are essential in ensuring victims and survivors have the help they need to escape violent situations and are supported as they move forward in their lives.