Helping Trafficked Persons

Anti-Slavery International’s Protocol for Identification and Assistance to Trafficked Persons and Training Kit includes information on identification of trafficked persons and the initial interview/contact stage (Chapter 2).

The IOM’s Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking. Chapter 1, “Handling and Security of Confidential Personal and Trafficking Data,” Chapter 3, “Referral and Reintegration Assistance,” and Chapter 4, “Procedures to Assist Victims at the Shelter” have particular relevance.

The Canadian Council for Refugee’s Starter Toolkit for Awareness-Raising on Trafficking in Persons provides information for anyone wishing to start or enhance outreach and awareness-raising activities on human trafficking in their own communities, organizations, and sectors.

The WHO’s Ethical & Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women (Principes d’éthique et de sécurité recommandés par l’OMS pour la recherche, la documentation et le suivi de la violence sexuelle dans les situations d’urgence) provides a step-by-step guide to conducting interviews with trafficked women.

Telelanguage Canada, LanguageLine, and MOSAIC Interpretation all provide either over-the-phone or on-site interpretation and translation services. VictimLinkBC can also provide assistance in many languages, including Aboriginal languages.

The Migrant Workers Centre is a non-profit association that provides advocacy, counselling and support to live-in caregivers based in British Columbia.

International Social Service of Canada (Service Social International) provides linkages to social service agencies world-wide, and helps to resolve individual and family problems resulting from the movement of people across international borders.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Economic and Social Council Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking contains 11 guidelines specific to human rights and human trafficking.

The BC Human Rights Tribunal provides guides and information sheets for individuals in a variety of languages to help them manoeuvre their way through the legal system in the province.

For information regarding accessing a Temporary Resident Permit for a trafficked persons, please see Temporary Resident Permits: Limits to protection for trafficked persons (Permis de séjour temporaire).

For more information about migrant workers and labour trafficking in Canada, please refer to the following Migrant Workers in Canada (Travailleurs Migrants au Canada) by the Canadian Council for Refugees.


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