Message From Our Chair

 Thank you for visiting the official website of the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking (OCEHT)!

Dear members, as the new chair of OCEHT, I would like to thank Garifalia Milousis for her leadership of the Coalition and dedication over the past four years to the anti-trafficking movement. From all of us from OCEHT, we wish you continued success in your new endeavor.

For the last eighteen months, Covid has changed the way we live and work. It has devastated global economies, education systems and separated loved ones and friends from each other. Not surprisingly, human trafficking during the pandemic has soared, wait lists for services are longer than ever and frontline organizations have experienced significant difficulties delivering services to vulnerable populations. Organizations have had to become creative at how they deliver essential services to ensure that their clients do not fall through the cracks.

Recognizing the challenges that many service providers and clients have faced during the pandemic, in the next few months, the Coalition will be reorganizing and redefining its terms of reference to better support survivors and community agencies. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. I hope to see you at our next meeting.

Warm regards,
Wendy Gee
Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking (OCEHT)