Human Trafficking Happens in Canada – Protect your families and communities11:30am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West , Toronto
Human Trafficking is happening every day in Canada. Victims are targeted by predators who make between $260,000 - $280,000 per victim per year. The profits made from human trafficking are second only to the profits criminals make in the drug trade.
Traffickers target our youth in the Toronto area and the public needs to know how they work to protect their families and their communities from this horrific crime.
Canada's leading anti-trafficking advocate, Joy Smith, will be talking about how it happens right here in the GTA and surrounding areas. Joining Mrs. Smith will be survivors who will tell their stories of how they were trafficked and how they escaped to reclaim their lives.
Special recognition will be given to members of the Toronto Police and surrounding Police Forces who are doing remarkable work in the GTA to stop the buying and selling of our youth to traffickers.
This will be a presentation that you will never forget! Learn how to protect your own families from human traffickers and what you can do to insulate your communities so they do not move in.
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST
Lunch will be served.
Discussion moderated by Lorna Dueck.
Survivor & Founding Director
Casandra Diamond is the founding director of BridgeNorth, an organization that seeks to restore and reveal the value and dignity inherent to all women whom are or have been prostituted or trafficked. A survivor of the sex trade, Casandra has worked with various groups in different capacities since 2009.
She works with other community members who are also interested in designing programs that realistically meet the needs of trafficked and exploited women. Apart from her professional duties, she voluntarily supports a group of women and their families in planning and moving towards a brighter future. Her dream is to be a catalyst for setting up holistic services that provides a bridge towards
successful reintegration into society for survivors of the industry.
Casandra most recently gave testimony to both the House of Commons and Senate Committees studying Bill C36, is a member of the board of directors of ur-home, a safe house initiative in York Region; and on the York Region Anti Human Trafficking Committee.
Cpl Edward Riglin
RCMP, Formerly of the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit
Cpl Edward Riglin is a respected police officer having worked as a member of the integrated child exploitation unit. Known as the ICE unit. He rescued children who were sexually exploited, and later worked with victims of human trafficking. In his extensive policing experience, he served in city police forces and is currently a member of the R.C.M.P.
Edward, Joy Smith’s son, will be speaking as a representative of the Joy Smith Foundation.
His dedication and insight into how predator’s work is of paramount importance to those who want to ensure their families and communities are protected against those who would target our youth.
Founder & President
Joy Smith Foundation
HUMAN TRAFFICKING EFFORTS
Mrs. Smith has been recognized as one of Canada's leading anti-trafficking activists. Since being elected, Mrs. Smith has led the discussion on human trafficking at a national level which has resulted important changes in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Her continued efforts to raise the issue of human trafficking on the Status of Women Committee resulted in an intensive study of the issue by the committee and the release of highly regarded report on human trafficking in 2007 called Turning Outrage Into Action.
One of her major achievements was the unanimous passing by the House of Commons in 2007 of her Private Members Motion M-153 on human trafficking which called on Parliament to condemn the trafficking of women and children across international borders for the purposes of sexual exploitation and to immediately adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat the trafficking of persons worldwide.
Over the past few years, Mrs. Smith has worked with federal Ministers on key legislation to further combat human trafficking and protect its victims
Mrs. Smith has also been acknowledged for securing federal funding to fight the trafficking of aboriginal women and children from First Nations communities from across Canada.
In September 2010, Mrs. Smith released a proposal for a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking called Connecting the Dots. This proposal has been strongly endorsed by law enforcement, agencies and victims groups across Canada and adopted by the Conservative election platform in the recent election. .
BILL C-268 - CHILD TRAFFICKING OFFENCE
In 2009, Joy Smith introduced Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). This Bill amended Section 279.01 of Canada’s Criminal Code to create a new offence for child trafficking with a five year mandatory penalty.
Bill C-268 has received broad support from stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking including law enforcement, victims’ services, First Nations representatives, and religious and secular non-governmental organizations.
MP Joy Smith has worked with her colleagues across party lines to gain support for this important legislation. On September 30, 2009, Bill C-268 received near unanimous support from Conservative, Liberal and NDP parties and was passed by the House of Commons in spite of opposition by the Bloc Quebecois.
On June 29, 2010, Bill C-268 was granted Royal Assent and became law. The successful passage of a Private Members Bill is rare and it is only the 15th time in the history of the Canada that a Private Members Bill amended the Criminal Code.
BILL C-310 - ENHANCING DEFINITION OF HT AND EXTENDING EXTRATERRITORIALITY
On October 3, 2011, MP Joy Smith introduced Bill C-310, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons). Bill C-310 amends the Criminal Code of Canada to make two important changes regarding human trafficking. First, Bill C-310 adds the current trafficking in persons offences [s.279.01, s.279.011, s.279.02 & s.279.03 to the list of offences which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada. The second amendment enhances the current definition of exploitation in the trafficking in persons offence [s.279.04 of the Criminal Code].
Bill C-310 was supported by law enforcement, NGOs, and victim service representatives. It also received unanimous support from all MPs and Senators.
On June 28, 2012, Bill C-310 received Royal Assent and became law. MP Joy Smith became the first Parliamentarian in Canadian history to pass two Private Members' Bill that amended the Criminal Code.
Timea Eva Nagy
Survivor of Human Trafficking, Speaker and Social Advocate
Timea Eva Nagy, daughter of a Police woman, immigrated to Canada 17 years ago.
Timea is a Survivor of Human Trafficking, Speaker and Social Advocate from Toronto, Canada. Timea's sex slave nightmare took place in Toronto, Canada in 1998 after arriving from Budapest, Hungary in the hopes of fulfilling a summer position. She was kidnapped, controlled, and kept under horrible conditions and forced to work in the sex trade in Toronto and surrounding areas.
Ms. Nagy is a founder of Walk With Me, an Independent Organization Helping Human Trafficked Victims in Ontario. Within the last 5 years her organization processed close to 1000 calls and pr has assisted over 300 Victims of Human Trafficking.
Ms. Nagy has provided training and worked with many agencies in Canada the US, and Europe. Her main focus and passion is to work and assist law enforcement in Canada. She trained approximately 10.000 law enforcement officers. RCMP, OPP, Toronto Police, Sex Crimes Units, FBI, Just to name a few.
Her journey is been recently added to the National Human Rights Museum exhibition in 2014.
Ms. Nagy received a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, an International award by Free The Slaves, and was recognized by Crime Stoppers, Attorney General, and MP Joy Smith with a National Hero Award for her work.