Human Trafficking and Human Rights

About This Webinar

Canada ratified The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (known as the Palermo Protocol) in 2002. This protocol includes an internationally accepted definition of human trafficking.

Article 3(a) of the Palermo Protocol defines Trafficking in Persons as:

the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion of abduction, fraud, of deception of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Going beyond a legal/social service framing of human trafficking (while also including these aspects)
  • Identifying lenses: beyond a binary approach 
    • Understand challenges with defining and collecting data on human trafficking
  • What is human trafficking (HT)? 
    • Understand elements of HT, types, spectrum of exploitation, indicators, root causes and recruitment, factors affecting choice,
  • Who are the traffickers? What are their control tactics?
  • Prevention
  • Risk assessment: why and how
  • Supports for persons who have been in situations of exploitation (helping people to navigate the systems, accompaniment)
  • Self-care
  • Legal and immigration issues: Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)

About The Speaker

Sue Wilson is Director of the Office for Systemic Justice. She has a PhD in social ethics. Sue works on human trafficking from different perspectives including accompaniment of persons, political advocacy and education. She has presented submissions to federal government standing committees and UN Commissions.

Webinar Dates / Times

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