Training is an important Coalition activity because it is key to identifying persons living in a trafficking situation and to facilitating their rescue. Our training is motivated by the fact that when a service provider comes across a person who is being trafficked (or has exited a trafficking situation), often the window of opportunity to help that person is so small that if the service provider does not know how to identify human trafficking and/or does not know how to respond appropriately and effectively after identification, that person may slip away and never present again. Accordingly, we offer training:

1. to educate participants on the issue of human trafficking with a specific focus on the indicators of human trafficking; and

2. to develop the participants’ ability to identify a person in a trafficking situation and know how to respond appropriately (including best practices for service professionals to support and refer clients to specialized services).

We are continually building upon and improving our training program. Our trainers come from various sectors and work to ensure that the material is relevant to your team.

Target Groups:

1. TRADITIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (front line workers employed in health care, social welfare, mental health, justice system, emergency housing, and corrections, etc. Traditional service providers also include community group volunteers.);

2. NON-TRADITIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (employees of a specific sector who through the provision of a particular service may come into contact with persons in a trafficking situation. Examples include: educators, employees of co-op / community housing, employees of the hotel and hospitality sector, employees of the transportation sector, etc.); and

3. FACILITATORS (individuals designated by their organizations to be trained to relay the information to their colleagues in an appropriate and effective way. These individuals are not trained to be official OCEHT trainers.).

Training sessions for traditional and non-traditional service providers (groups 1 & 2) are offered in 1-hour and 3-hour formats. Train-the-Facilitator (group 3) sessions are available as full day sessions and are typically held on a Saturday. (NOTE: the Coalition is currently re-developing the Train-the-Facilitator session and as such, this training will not be available until 2018)

All sessions are available in English and French, provided that there is a minimum of 5 participants.

To register for our training, please complete and submit a Training Request Form. A response will be provided within 5 working days.

If you are interested in general information workshops on the issue of human trafficking for community groups and/or the general public, including students, we recommend that you contact PACT-Ottawa

Cost

We request a nominal donation per session to cover incidental costs of the trainer, training material and handouts. To ensure that a session is of optimal benefit to everyone, it should have no more than 15 participants. For sessions at a venue provided by the Coalition, the requestor may be asked to cover the cost of renting the venue. Please contact us for more details.

To avoid making a donation / paying for a venue, we encourage booking your training session during our week-long TRAINING BLITZ that takes place each January and June. Training sessions scheduled during a TRAINING BLITZ week are completely free.