In a collaborative effort, the Halton District School Board (HDSB), Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) and the
Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (HCAHT)
will host a joint information session on
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
, to raise awareness about sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Halton community. The session will be held from
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Elsie MacGill Secondary School (1410 Bronte St. S, Milton).
The session will uncover the realities of sex trafficking and exploitation and provide insight into who is at risk, digital and cyber security considerations, warning signs and how to keep our children and youth safe. The information session is open to all members of the Halton community, and child minding will be provided at no cost for children aged four and above.
Those interested in attending can
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and connect with representatives from local organizations
SAVIS of Halton
EFRY Hope and Help for Women
. The event will also be attended by survivors of sex trafficking and their families, offering a unique opportunity to learn about the direct effects sex trafficking has on the individual and their community.
“Sex-trafficking crimes are on the rise and Halton is no exception. We believe that education and collaboration are key to addressing and combating sex-trafficking in our community,” said Jennifer Fowler, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for Safe Schools for the Halton District School Board. “By working together we hope to raise awareness and take meaningful action to facilitate early and appropriate intervention.”
“By raising awareness and understanding of sex trafficking, we empower our students, educators, and families with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and respond to the warning signs,” said Anthony Cordeiro, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for Safe Schools for the Halton Catholic District School Board. “This information session is a critical step in our ongoing commitment to foster safe school communities.”
“We strive to inform and equip the Halton community with tools and resources to combat human trafficking. Through events like this, we hope to build awareness and foster a resilient community.” - Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (HCAHT)
Additional resources and information
For additional information, contact: Amy Smith, Senior Communications Officer
| 905-335-3663, Toll free: 1-877-618-3456