Welcome to the bilingual website of the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking (OCEHT)! The OCEHT website will become available in at least one other language in the near future, so be sure to check back regularly!

2017 has been a busy but exciting year so far! We started out the year with the publication of our second OCEHT Annual Report on Barriers to Accessing Services by Trafficked Persons in the National Capital Region (Jan 2016 – Dec 2016). By identifying gaps in access to and availability of services, supports and resources, it emphasizes areas where service improvement, further service development or partnership is required, or where services are simply non-existent and therefore require particular attention / action on part of legislators, policy developers and/or funding schemes. It is our hope that this report will go a long way in affecting positive change in the local response to human trafficking.

OCEHT Chair

October 2014 – the present

The OCEHT is also building on progress made on initiatives initiated last year, including the Hotel Initiative and the Data Collection Initiative. Progress is slow but steady and well worth the time and efforts taken to ensure that these initiatives are launched in the most effective and impactful way. We hope that once launched, these initiatives will – in the long-term – serve well in supporting the rescue and recovery of persons affected by human trafficking.

Unfortunately, the widespread misunderstanding of the prevalence and complexity of this issue in our region continues. Our training – which continues to be in high demand – is making progress in this regard, but with few resources to work with, our progress has been slow. And ofcourse, while our organization grows in membership size, the community of people / organizations that are engaged in the fight against human trafficking continues to be quite small, with few resources to work with. I feel honoured to be a part of that community and look forward to the continued and steady growth that is required to continue increasing the effectiveness of the fight against human trafficking. No single organization can tackle this problem effectively (with any lasting results) alone.

I believe in the work of the Coalition and in its potential to have an even greater impact than it already does. Alongside OCEHT members, volunteers and formerly trafficked persons, I share the same drive and motivation to do more and to be more. That is why this is an exciting time for the Coalition! The OCEHT is aligning its activities to target the challenges faced by persons exiting a trafficking situation and the gaps in the response they receive. With its commitment to being an action-driven and victim-centred organization, the OCEHT will continue to work on its new initiatives. I am excited for the work ahead and for the change that together we will affect.

In the meantime, I invite you to check with us regularly and GET INVOLVED by becoming a member; volunteering; requesting training; making a donation, or simply talking about this issue to your friends, neighbours, colleagues, acquaintances and family members. The more our organization grows and the more resources we have, the more services we can provide, thereby extending our reach and increasing our impact! Be the change you want to see in the world and one-by-one we WILL make a difference!

Zaneta Miranbigi

May 2017