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Gender-Based Violence & Domestic Human Trafficking

 

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an expanding program at East Metro Youth Services (EMYS) that strives to support survivors of domestic human trafficking and internet exploitation ages 12-29. The GBV program provides direct, trauma-informed, support and services for survivors, including: trauma therapy, community outreach, peer support and groups.

Additionally, we connect clients to transitional and supportive housing, employment programs, school programs, holistic case management and court support. The goal is to empower clients to be physically and emotionally safe and to build healthy support systems.

Our work doesn’t stop there, we provide human trafficking education, awareness building and prevention workshops for service providers, law enforcement, parents, youth and community members.

 

In Need Of Service

 

Services for Survivors of Domestic Human Trafficking

Our unique programming provides support for youth who have been involved in the sex trade, by connecting them with services specially catered to meet their needs. Our client-centred program is grounded in the treatment of trauma, relational therapy and addressing human rights. As well, our program provides education on internet exploitation and cyber sexual violence, helping young people to navigate the internet safely.  In partnership, we connect clients to transitional and supportive housing, employment programs, school programs, holistic case management and court support. We believe in empowering survivors to have self-worth and to build healthy support systems.

To access services: email Leora Rich at lrich@emys.on.ca or call at 416-438-3697 ext. 12242.

 

Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Counselling Program

ICE is a fee-for-service program, in partnership with BOOST and the OPP that provides funding for short-term (8 -12 sessions) immediate counselling services for children and youth who are victims of internet sexual exploitation and to their immediate family members. Clients are first referred by the OPP to Boost; Boost will then contact EMYS who will assign the case to an available worker.

To access services: email Leora Rich at lrich@emys.on.ca or call at 416-438-3697 ext. 12242.

 

For Professionals

 

Public Education and Awareness

We provide trainings on domestic human trafficking and sexual exploitation to social service agencies, hospitals, schools, students and law enforcement. Our trainings are co-facilitated by peer workers with lived experience.

If you are interested in inquiring about our trainings, please email Leora Rich lrich@emys.on.ca or call at 416-438-3697 ext. 12242.

 

Projects

Cyber Violence Research Project

The Cyber Violence Research Project is a peer-led, city-wide needs assessment on sexual cyber violence experienced by girls and young women. The project is a collaboration between East Metro Youth Services, St. Stephen’s Community House and METRAC and is funded by the Status of Women, a federal government organization that promotes equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.

Human Trafficking Intervention Prevention Strategy (H.I.P.S.) 

Established in 2014 by East Metro Youth Services (EMYS), H.I.P.S is a collaboration between agencies in Toronto to address domestic human trafficking. EMYS chairs H.I.P.S. across Toronto. This successful collaborative ensures that the 20-plus agencies across the Greater Toronto Area can co-ordinate their activities to achieve a greater impact and build partnerships across sectors.

 

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The role of H.I.P.S. is to:

  • Build partnerships across sectors
  • Include interdisciplinary approaches
  • Create an opportunity for community capacity building
  • Co-ordinate treatment services
  • Include survivor-led initiatives
  • Enable resource sharing
  • Act as linkage between local, regional, national and international groups

 

 

H.I.P.S. affiliated agencies include:

  • East Metro Youth Services
  • Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre
  • Covenant House Toronto
  • Native Women’s Resource Centre
  • Springboard
  • Victim Services Toronto
  • Victim Services Durham
  • Toronto Police Services Sex Crimes
  • Durham Police Services Human Trafficking Unit
  • Children’s Aid Society
  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society
  • Loft
  • Eva’s Initiatives
  • Kinark