Public Lecture Series on Human Trafficking

A panel of speakers to identify the causes, realities and possible solutions to human trafficking and its implications in our communities.

Human Trafficking is one of the most extreme violations of human rights, whose majority of victims are women and children. We invite you to raise your awareness and learn what you can do about this relatively unknown issue. With this event resting on the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, we honour the memories of the countless women who faced extreme violence and exploitation. Please come and find out what local groups, non-profit organizations and governments are doing to address this pressing issue.

Admission is free and includes a complimentary lunch from Green Earth Cuisine.

At 8 pm Saturday evening, there will be a contemporary sound and video art presentation, designed to inspire the public on human rights. This will include the premiere of "To Realize Why", a sound/art piece taking us on the emotional journey of a human trafficking victim. The evening will include other pieces by professional contemporary artists from Toronto. Tickets for the Sound/Video art presentation are $10 /$5 for students.


Join us at The Latvian House, 491 College Street, Toronto, ON,
December 6, 2008. From 11:00 am-4:15pm


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SCHEDULE
DECEMBER 6, 11:00 AM- 4:15 PM

11:00 am-11:30 am
THE CURRENT STATE OF CANADA’S RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Ben Perrin, the Future Group

11:30 -12:OO
INTERACTIVE INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING? :
AN INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE
Benjamin Santamaria: Former Ombudsmen of Children in Mexico, human rights activist and young readers author. Benjamin is also the Executive Director and Founder of Desert Roses, whose mission is to use the fundamentals of international instruments of human rights as a basis to educate and empower children and communities across the Americas. The goal is to support them in identifying solutions to suffering and exploitation through artistic and cultural activities. All programs are founded on a principle of peace and truth. Desert Roses is the host of this event.

12:00pm -12:45pm
COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH WILL BE SERVED

1:00pm-2:30pm
PAYING FOR IT: THE ECONOMICS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Reena Vohra: is a Board member with Action to End Exploitation, a Canadian NGO working in the field of human trafficking and a visitor of their field work in Cambodia. Reena has volunteered both domestically and abroad to help combat commercial sexual exploitation. As a field officer with OpenAid international, an NGO in Southeast Asia, she focused on helping vulnerable women and girls overcome poverty, while working on an empowerment and micro credit program.


ONE CHILD EXPLOITED IS ONE CHILD TOO MANY: TURNING THE TABLES ON THE
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
Cheryl Perera is an accomplished children's rights activist, a captivating speaker and the Founder and President of OneChild, a premier organization empowering a movement of children and youth taking action against child sex slavery. Her extraordinary contribution to protect children, and her high innovation, achievement and leadership have earned her honours such as World of Children Founders award and distinguished her as Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 and Canada's Top 20 under 20.


15 minute break - Fair Trade Coffee and Tea will be served, provided by TAN Coffee.

2:45pm-4:15pm
RCMP HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARNESS PROJECT
Marty Van Doren: Retired from the RCMP in 2007 after 35 years of service, Van Doren is now the "Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator" from "O" division. He works to counteract human trafficking through the delivery of information sessions, conducting research and monitoring human trafficking investigative and intelligence activities and liaises with partners towards the development of enforcement techniques and protocols to ensure the detection and safety of human
trafficking victims.


FILIPINO MAIL ORDER BRIDES AND LIVE-IN CAREGIVERS: FUELLING THE GROWTH
OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Joy C. Sioson is one of the founding members and the current chairperson of the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights and welfare of Filipino women towards their equality, genuine development and human rights. She is a volunteer at the Magkaisa Centre, a Filipino community centre that houses SIKLAB Ontario (a migrant workers' organization, the Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance, and the Philippines
Canada Task Force on Human Rights). She will also share the organization's ongoing campaign to end the trafficking of Filipino women and children, called the Purple Rose Campaign.


AS A CONCLUSION TO THE AFTERNOON, THE PRESENTORS WILL FORM A PANEL TO
EXPLORE SOLUTIONS


8:00 pm SOUND/VIDEO ART FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Location

The Latvian House
491 College Street
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 22.0104" N, 79° 24' 33.9768" W
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.