Human Trafficking on the Frontline: Concepts, Perspectives & Responses

Monday  11 June  2018  8:45 AM    Friday  15 June  2018 5:00 PM
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Last update 16/06/2018


This engaging week-long training workshop is customized for grass roots, frontline professionals working DIRECTLY with persons who have been trafficked (or who may work with trafficked persons as a part of DIRECT service delivery to a broader client base).* The goal is to address deficits in specialized training so as to enhance the delivery of services to those who have suffered at the hands of traffickers. 

Training will be delivered by experienced and dynamic professionals with a passion for this cause, including the founder of the first free standing program to serve commercially sexually exploited boys, adolescent males and trans youth in the United States. The training will also include networking opportunities, breakout sessions, workshops, as well as presentations by, and a discussion with, survivors representative of the Indigenous reality, domestic sex trafficking, international sex trafficking and labour trafficking. Some of the topics that will be covered, include:

- challenging biases in service delivery
- labour trafficking
- The Red Market
- understanding LGBTQ2 identities and vulnerabilities 
- the Indigenous reality: How did we get here?
- responding to Indigenous clients; what allyship really looks like 
- sexual victimization of males; breaking through the shame
- trauma and the brain
- self harm/suicide alertness and referral
- therapy through the senses
- addictions
- boundaries of client care
- compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma & self care
- and so much more!

The Coalition has been fortunate to receive funding from the province, and as a result is able to offer this training FREE of CHARGE, which is fundamental to its training philosophy of not charging for knowledge as the Coalition is motivated solely by its desire to assist those who have suffered at the hands of traffickers. We do request that registrants commit to attending all 5 days of the training workshop as an unattended spot removes a training opportunity from another frontline professional. In addition, due to limited space and the cost to host the training, registrants that fail to attend all days will be billed for the days that they do not attend. 

Refreshments will be provided each day; lunch will be provided on June 11, 13 and 15 (please bring your own lunch on June 12 and 14).

NOTE 1: For our out-of-town participants, we have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted price at the nearby Hampton Inn by Hilton on 100 Coventry Road (hot breakfast and wi-fi included). This hotel is committed to combatting human trafficking through training of its staff to ensure they know how to identify human trafficking and respond appropriately. Please contact to obtain the booking code for one of these reserved rooms.

* NOTE 2: We respectfully request that organizations refrain from registering volunteers, non-accredited workers and management (e.g. supervisors, managers, etc.), in order to ensure that the content discussions are most meaningful and relevant to professionals working DIRECTLY with trafficked persons.




What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Limited free parking is available at the venue. OC Transpo route #18 stops by the venue.


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Overbrook Community Centre
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Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada