Human Trafficking: Breaking the Chains

Loretto Sponsors Conference on Human Trafficking - March 24th

Saturday March 24, 2012 8:30 am - 4 pm

The Loretto Sisters, also known as the IBVM Canadian Province, are sponsoring an upcoming conference called Human Trafficking: Breaking the Chains. This conference will take place at the University of St. Michael’s College, Brennan Hall, Sam Sorbara Auditorium on March 24th, 2012. Due to limited space, the conference is by invitation only. Pre-registration for the conference is required.

Conference speakers have been chosen both for their depth of knowledge and their ability to develop creative and relevant strategies. The keynote speaker, Joy Smith MP, is one of Canada’s leading anti-trafficking activists. Joy will share her proposal for a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking called Connecting the Dots. Conference speakers will share effective strategies for real change, so that we can all work together towards defeating human trafficking in Canada.

Afternoon Panel Speakers will include Scott Forbes, Diane Redsky and Marty Van Doren. They bring differing perspectives touching on international justice initiatives, aboriginal issues and law enforcement. We are deeply grateful that Elizabeth Davis, RSM has agreed to be our moderator for the day.

How Can I Participate?

Because space is limited, the conference is by invitation only. However Human Trafficking is a critical human rights issue that must be of concern to everyone. We can all have a part to play in eradicating this horrific human rights violation. Please continue to visit our website to learn more about the issue of Human Trafficking and how you might participate in strategies for change.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation or harbouring of people for the purpose of exploitation through the use of force, coercion, fraud, deception or threats against the victim or someone they know. Victims of human trafficking are forced into prostitution, labour, or some other form of servitude. It is a violation of human rights and is often referred to as modern-day slavery.

Take time to read the following article by Claire Condon, Loreto Intern at the United Nations.

Message From the IBVM Canadian Province Leader

Evanne Hunter, IBVMEvanne Hunter, IBVM

In her day, our founder Mary Ward encountered tremendous opposition because of her belief that girls should be educated and women empowered to assume leadership in the Church and society. We, Loretto Sisters strive as she did, to read the signs of the times, to discern God’s will, and to respond with love.

Mary Ward’s followers around the globe continue her mission today. Many teach in formal and informal ways. Others work with street and slum children and child domestic workers and victims of HIV/AIDS. Still others meet the needs of girls and women in our time by empowering them to resist the feminization of poverty, the traditional ritual of child marriage, the scourge of child labour, and the modern form of slavery that is the trafficking of women (and others) for profit. Child trafficking and the trafficking of women for profit are the most heinous violations of human rights in our society. This Conference is our way of contributing to its elimination.

Sr. Evanne Hunter, IBVM

Conference Keynote Speaker - Joy Smith, MP

“The complex and clandestine nature of trafficking in persons and the rapidly increasing occurrence of this crime demands a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that draws together the existing frameworks, stakeholders, and agencies.” - Joy Smith, MP

Joy Smith, MPJoy Smith, MPJoy Smith, MP has represented the Manitoba riding of Kildonan-St. Paul since 2004 and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading anti-trafficking activists. Since being elected, MP Joy Smith has led the discussion of human trafficking at the national level which has resulted in 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 a highly regarded report on human trafficking in 2007.

One of Joy’s major achievements was the unanimous passing by the House of Commons in 2007 of her Private Members Motion M-153 on Human Trafficking. This motion called on Parliament to condemn the trafficking of women and children across international boundaries for the purposes of sexual exploitation and to immediately adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat the trafficking of persons worldwide.

Since that time MP Smith has successfully introduced a number of private bills and motions, including Bill C– 268, an amendment to the Criminal Code which instituted a new offence and a 5 year mandatory penalty for child trafficking. On June 29, 2010, Bill C-268, an Act to amend the Criminal Code( minimum sentence offences involving trafficking of persons under 18 years of age) received royal assent.

Last September, MP 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.

An Important New Development: Introduction of Bill C-310

On October 3, 2011, MP Joy Smith introduced Bill C-310, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons). Bill C-310 will amend the Criminal code to add the current trafficking in persons offences [ s.279.01 and s.279.011] to the list of offences which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada. The second amendment will enhance the current definition of exploitation in the trafficking in persons offence [s. 279.04 of the Criminal Code].

Afternoon Panel Speakers

Scott Forbes

“Today, millions of lives around the world are in the grip of injustice. More children, women and men are held in slavery right now than over the course of the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade: Millions toil in bondage, their work and even their bodies the property of an owner.”- Scott Forbes

Scott ForbesScott ForbesScott Forbes serves as the Regional Representative for International Justice Mission Canada in Eastern Canada. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.

Scott joined IJM Canada in June of 2009. In his role as Regional Representative, Scott builds relationships with IJM donors living in Ontario, meets with potential new donors, promotes opportunities for engagement in the work of justice, and seeks to raise the profile of IJM in communities across Ontario. He travels within the region to speak at churches and other groups about IJM’s mission and our response to global human rights issues.

Prior to joining IJM, Scott gave leadership to Kids Alive International Canada for ten years as a founding Board member, Executive Director and Director of Development. Scott organized Kids Alive in Canada with the goal of helping destitute and unprotected orphans in the country of Zambia, where the AIDS pandemic continues to ravage. During this time, Scott also served for six years as Director of Global Ministries for Heritage Bible College in Cambridge, Ontario. Prior to establishing Kids Alive International Canada, Scott served for 14 years with Africa Evangelical Fellowship: five years in Zambia as a youth worker, leadership trainer and church planter, and nine years in Canada as a missionary recruiter and business development leader.

Scott has served on several other boards and helped found other ministry organizations including Imagine Adoption and the Canadian Centre for World Mission. Currently Scott’s daughter is an investigative intern, involved in Anti-Trafficking efforts in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, southern India.

Diane Redsky

“I believe that everyone has gifts and strengths to share that will enable us to work together for healthy families and healthy communities.” - Diane Redsky

Diane RedskyDiane RedskyDiane Redsky is a nationally renowned visionary thinker and community leader who has long worked to address the myriad of issue’s facing Winnipeg’s urban Aboriginal community in all areas of health, justice, education and social services. Since 1993, she has served in both a professional and volunteer capacity working within the social services sector and has become a strong advocate for aboriginal, children’s and women’s issues.

Diane has helped to create numerous innovative programs that have helped build healthy communities. She believes in a shared value and culturally appropriate approach and possesses clear vision to detail. Diane’s belief in the inherent strength of the community continues to guide her along her life’s journey.

For the past several years, Diane has been instrumental in the development of resources for sexually exploited youth in Manitoba including a safe house and rural healing lodge. She is currently working with the Canadian Women’s Foundation as the Project Director for the National Task Force on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada and Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s Executive Council to develop a strategy in First Nation communities to address the human trafficking of women and girls between Manitoba and Ontario.

Marty Van Doren

Marty Van Doren’s presentation will provide an introduction into both International and Domestic Human Trafficking along with the appropriate response for the victims.- Marty Van Doren

Marty Van DorenMarty Van DorenMarty Van Doren is a Superintendent (retired) from the RCMP. He has enjoyed an extensive policing career that included duties in: National Security, Border Integrity, Drug Enforcement, Proceeds of Crime and Tactical Response.

Marty is currently contracted as the Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator for the Province of Ontario (with the exception of the National Capital Region). This position supports human trafficking related matters through delivery of information sessions, research and the collection of data, monitoring of human trafficking investigative and intelligence activities, and liaising with partners towards the development of enforcement and protocols to ensure the detection and safety of human trafficking victims.

Marty’s presentation will provide an overview and an introduction to both International and Domestic Human Trafficking along with the recommended response mechanisms. He will address the Criminal Code definitions of Human Trafficking and Exploitation, Canada’s domestic human trafficking situation, sex tourism, child prostitution and circumstances that lead to victimization and the recruiting process.

Marty Van Doren will also speak about strategies to combat human trafficking and the issue of social responsibility.

Conference Moderator - Elizabeth Davis, RSM

Elizabeth Davis, RSMElizabeth Davis, RSMElizabeth Davis RSM is currently the Congregational Leader for the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to taking on this role, Elizabeth ministered in a variety of settings in Eastern Canada and here in Ontario. Elizabeth has an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters of Health Sciences in Administration from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her doctoral studies in Scripture at the University of Toronto. Elizabeth has taught in various secondary schools in Newfoundland and more recently in university settings, including Dalhousie University in Halifax, Memorial University in Newfoundland, and the Toronto School of Theology. Elizabeth had also has a distinguished background in Health Care Administration, serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care Corporation of St John’s and on the Faculty for Dalhousie University’s Management Program for Clinical leaders. Elizabeth has spoken provincially, nationally and internationally on transforming the health care system, on maintaining a values base in times of uncertainty, on ethics in this new time and on leadership today.


University of St. Michael’s College
Sam Sorbara Auditorium, Room 200
Brennan Hall
70 St. Joseph Street

(First Building West of St. Basil’s Church) St. Joseph Street is three blocks south of the Bay/Bloor subway stop or one block north of Wellesley and Bay. Parking is limited. Wheelchair accessible.