Human Trafficking on the Front Line: Concepts, Perspectives & Responses

June 11 – 15, 2018

Thanks to the receipt of provincial funding, the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking is very excited to offer – FREE OF CHARGE – a training workshop 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 to enhance the response 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 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!

Spots are limited so in order to provide as many organizations as possible with the opportunity to register frontline professionals, we request that INITIAL registrations be limited to ONE FRONTLINE PROFESSIONAL PER ORGANIZATION. If on/after June 1st, spaces are available, organizations are welcome to register subsequent frontline professionals.

We also request that registration entails a commitment to attend all 5 days of the training workshop; unattended spots take the training opportunity away from another frontline professional. Rest assured that we have planned the week to be meaningful and engaging on each and every day! You won’t want to miss a session!

Location: Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street
Date: June 11-15, 2018
Time: 9am – 4:45pm (except on June 14, which will have an early finish of 3:30pm)
Cost: FREE

Limited free parking is available at the venue!

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).

For a poster of the event please click here: HT Front Line Poster

FOR 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: 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.

Hope & Healing Open House

June 14, 2018

A fundraising event to support survivors of human trafficking and the work of the OCEHT, to embrace trafficked persons and celebrate their healing journey; and to keep the conversation going about this horrific crime that continues to plague our community. This event will offer an opportunity for the community to come together, get involved and show its support in a tangible way.
Funds raised will directly support survivors, as well as the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking, which is dedicated to helping survivors resume independent living within the community. Photography and art by survivors will be on display and auctioned. 100% of the auction proceeds will be given directly to survivors. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the work of the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking. Tickets include entry to the event, hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail, live music, speakers and much more!
Please join us!

Location: Orange Gallery, 290 City Centre Ave
Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 6-10pm
Cost: $50/person ($45/person if purchased by June 1)
Free parking is available at the venue!

For a poster of the event please click here: OCEHT Hope and Healing event poster

Jump for Freedom

May 11, 2018

On May 4, 2018 in partnership with the Great Canadian Bungee, the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking (OCEHT) hosted Jump for Freedom, a fundraising event to support the Coalition’s work to meet the resource and support needs of those affected by human trafficking in the National Capital Region. The funds raised will help ensure that the Coalition is able to continue its work for another year.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to this event in support of the Coalition, including all of the volunteers involved in putting this event together!!! THANK YOU!!!

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