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Kitchener, Ont. – In partnership with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC), Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WCSWR) is proud to announce two beds, one at each shelter, will be reserved for those experiencing sexual exploitation and trafficking
Funded by SASC, these beds will provide temporary emergency shelter to clients until they are able to access long-term housing support. Lack of access to a safe, emergency shelter is a major barrier for individuals exiting an exploitative situation, as many do not have a safe alternative.
“Our Centre is thrilled to launch this partnership with Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region,” says Sara Casselman, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region. “We know access to safe and secure housing is a key component to ending the exploitation of women, girls, trans and non-binary folks who have been trafficked.”
Using a trauma-informed, harm reduction, and intersectional feminist approach, SASC’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program provides wrap-around services to those experiencing sexual exploitation and those who are at risk within Waterloo Region. Services are free, confidential and non-judgmental. Those who enter WCSWR’s shelter through this partnership will be enrolled in SASC’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program.
WCSWR operates two emergency shelters, Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge. WCSWR empowers women and children to move beyond violence through the provision of safe shelter, educational resources and outreach services. Offering programs such as addictions support, music therapy and food and nutrition, WSCWR supports and cares for women at each step of their journey. The organization serves women and children 16+ from all cities and townships in Waterloo Region.
“This partnership will provide a needed service,” says Jennifer Hutton, CEO, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. “It will provide safety for those experiencing exploitation and will provide a community approach to gender-based violence.”
This partnership will particularly support those most likely to be targeted by traffickers: young women and girls, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and Black, Indigenous and Racialized people. It is essential to wrap those most vulnerable to trafficking in community care.
If you or someone you know is in need of this service, please contact the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at 519-571-0121 ext. 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those needing service after hours can contact Victim Services of Waterloo Region at 519-570-5143.
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Human Trafficking Fact Sheet
In Canada, the vast majority (96%) of victims of police-reported cases of human trafficking in 2019-2020 were women and girls. – Statistics Canada, 2022
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