Legal Assistance Gets $335K To Fight Human TraffickingOctober 12, 2017 11:53am
The province is awarding Legal Assistance of Windsor $335,212 to fight human trafficking.
The money will be used for case management, helping survivors navigate the legal system, education, and outreach.
Minister of Community and Social Services Dr. Helena Jaczek and Minister of the Status of Women, Indira Naidoo-Harris announced funding for 45 projects across the province to help human trafficking survivors rebuild their lives.
“Some people may be shocked to learn that human trafficking takes place in Ontario,” says Jaczek. “But it’s no surprise to our partners who have been working with survivors for years. This support means specialized staff and resources will be available to help survivors move through trauma so they can live freely and in control of their own lives.”
A release from the provincial government says, “because survivors are controlled mentally, physically, and emotionally by traffickers, it is difficult for them to leave and find help. Those who do find a way out often need support in a range of areas, such as trauma counseling, addictions recovery, and job training.”
The funding is part of Ontario’s four-year strategy to end human trafficking.