A free research release and networking/training will be held this Friday, March 23. The research, by the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking and the Centre for Criminology and Justice Research at Mount Royal University, examines human trafficking and responses to trafficking in Calgary.

In addition to the event details, please find the program and descriptions of the breakout sessions below.

Event Details:

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ambrose University College
150 – Ambrose Circle SW
Calgary, Alberta
RSVP: http://actresearch.eventbrite.com/

Program:

Human Trafficking in Calgary: Informing a Localized Response
March 23, 2012

Introductions: 9:30-9:35
Rohadi Nagassar (Board of Directors, ACT Alberta)

Welcome Address: 9:35-9:45
Jim Gamlin, S/Sgt. (RCMP)

Research Presentation: 9:45-10:15
Lara Quarterman, M.A. (ACT/MRU Research Team) and Julie Kaye, PhD Candidate (ACT/MRU Research Team; Calgary Coordinator, ACT Alberta)

Break: 10:15-10:45
Participants can submit questions for the Q & A

Question and Answer Period: 10:45-11:00
Moderator: Andrea Burkhart
Responses by Research Team: Lara Quarterman, Julie Kaye, and Prof. John Winterdyk

Wrap-up: 11:00-11:15
Prof. John Winterdyk (Director of the Centre for Criminology and Justice Research at Mount Royal University)

Break: 11:15-11:30

Breakout Sessions: 11:30-12:30

Breakout Session #1:

Join Lara Quarterman (Research Team) to discuss human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Calgary. Topics will include: language and definition of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, effective awareness-raising, victim-centered approaches, case management, as well as the connections and overlap between the Protection of Sexually Exploited Youth Act in Alberta and human trafficking legislation.

Breakout Session #2:

Join Julie Kaye (Research Team and Act Calgary Coordinator) to discuss the relationship between human trafficking and legal entry points in Canada, such as the Live-In Caregiver Program and Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Topics will include: the overlap between human trafficking and labour exploitation in Alberta, service provision gaps for individuals being exploited through legal programs, labour trafficking case management, and the challenge of conditional residency.

Breakout Session #3:

Join Matt Baden (Community Engagement Coordinator, ACT Calgary) and Alisa Tukkimaki (ACT Calgary Volunteer) to discuss the role of community members (e.g. engaged public, grassroots organizations, faith-based organizations, etc.) in responding to human trafficking in Calgary. Topics will include definitions of trafficking, the role of community members in raising awareness, and how community members can inform an effective response to human trafficking.