StopHT Partners

Below is a list of partners that form stopHT (The Durham Region Human Trafficking Coalition). Please take a moment and review the list to learn the services each of our partners offers.

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS)

The DRPS Human Trafficking Unit (DRPS HTU) formally investigates human trafficking cases and facilitate education and awareness to prevent human trafficking. The HTU generally responds to calls for service involving Survivor disclosures of their involvement in the sex trade and the offenders who have exploited them. 1-888-579-1520 ext 5600 (GTA toll free) or 905-579-1520 ext 5600 (local).

Victim Services of Durham Region (VSDR)

VSDR provides immediate and ongoing services to Survivors of crime, traumas and sudden tragedies. Services include client-centred, trauma-informed crisis intervention including safety planning, systems advocacy, access to emergency financial support and basic necessities. VSDR has a team of HT-specialist counsellors who provide confidential support services and are separate to the police.

Durham Region Ontario Works (OW)

Durham Region Ontario Works (OW) is the Durham Social Services division that administers the Ontario Works financial assistance program. OW supports basic needs including food, shelter, clothing, household and health costs. Durham Region OW are staff with an HT Response Team specializing in the safety and support of HT Survivors.

SafeHope Home

SafeHope Home is a Durham Region agency that offers second stage shelter and housing programs specific to survivors of human trafficking. SafeHope Home offers a six-bed residential program and a day program that include life skills and job preparedness classes. We also offer outreach services such as housing and counselling services in the community.

Victim Witness Assistance Program, Ministry of the Attorney General (VWAP)

VWAP provides information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime to increase their understanding of, and participation in, the criminal court process. VWAP services include crisis intervention, emotional support, case specific information (court dates, bail conditions), needs assessment and referrals to community agencies.

Bethesda House

Bethesda House provides a wide range of services to women, youth and children living with issues of domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, sexual violence and familial violence. We provide shelter, support and advocacy to abused women, with and without children, by offering temporary, secure accommodation and woman-based counselling. Pets are accommodated with their owners whenever possible.

CAREA Community Health Centre

CAREA Community Health Centre provides a variety of free community programs and wraparound health services. Services include: health promotion and wellness; primary care, counselling and mental health; diabetes education; Hepatitis C screening, treatment support, education and outreach; geriatric assessment & intervention; young parent support, early years, youth, Indigenous and community development programs.

Catholic Family Services Durham (CFSD) & Family Services Durham (FSD)

CFSD and FSD provide counselling to individuals who live in Durham. CFSD and FSD offer safety planning, case management, trauma counselling and ongoing mental health counselling. For CFSD, no current religious affiliation is necessary to access service. &

Children's Aid Societies of Durham

CAS Durham provides child protection services to children under the age of 16, and on a voluntary basis for those who are 17. Service is also provided for human trafficking related concerns for anyone under the age of 18. CAS Durham has historically handled cases involving parent-survivors with support for their children, cases in which a child has been trafficked as well as cases in which families are involved with a child's trafficking.

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services:

Dnaagdawenmag Bonnoojiiyag is an Indigenous Child Well being agency that provides wraparound services for children, youth and families that are culturally based, and family informed.

Durham Family Court Clinic (DFCC)

DFCC provides programs and services for youth in conflict with the law and their families, including specialized counselling and mental health supports, intensive outreach support for youth who are high risk; supportive educational programming, and violence prevention workshops.

Durham Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC)

Durham Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) provides trauma and crisis counselling services to recent as well as historical or childhood Survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and childhood sexual abuse and their families.

Durham Region Intimate Relationship Violence Empowerment Network (DRIVEN)

DRIVEN is a collaborative wraparound service that serves as an access point for Survivors of gender-based violence to connect with all relevant support in Durham Region in one convenient location. On-site partners meet on Mondays, where clients can walk into their office location in Oshawa and connect with representatives who provide crisis support, counselling, legal services, healthcare and substance use services, housing services and more.

Herizon House

Herizon House provides services to abused women and children Durham Region, including secure emergency shelter, counselling, advocacy and education. Herizon House also offers outreach counselling support as well as a transitional housing support program with no waitlist for outreach programs. Herizon House works from a harm reduction approach.

John Howard Society – Durham Region

The John Howard Society of Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to effective, just and humane responses to crime and its causes. John Howard Society Durham serves individuals and families, youth and adults with programs in areas such as counselling, employment, literacy, housing, parenting, addictions, and more.

Lakeridge Health Oshawa

Lakeridge Health Oshawa provides acute care health services in Durham and has a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Care Centre (DV/SACC) with trained physicians and nurses that provide sensitive medical care for Survivors of trafficking. Services include treatment for physical and sexual trauma, screening and treatment for common concerns for Survivors of human trafficking such as sexually transmitted infections (STI) and forensic injury documentation for evidence collection. Another branch is Pinewood Centre which provides addictions services which includes individual and community-based services. Inpatient Support Services include ED social workers and an opioid patient navigator, a crisis intervention team and a youth crisis intervention team.

Murray McKinnon Foundation

The Murray McKinnon Foundation is an organization established to support young people who in are conflict with the law or at risk of youth justice involvement. For youth survivors of HT, Murray McKinnon are able to provide crisis support, safety planning, case management, legal support, clinical care team support (health assessment, medication review), and housing support.

Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle (NASC)

NASC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and delivery of healing services for Anishnaabekwewag and their families who have been abused, are being abused, or are at risk of being abused. We encounter and respond to clients who have been involved as victims of human trafficking by providing supports (usually counselling, referrals, advocacy and accompaniment to court).

Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)

WMRCC is a registered charitable organization providing free counselling and support services to women of all ages and their families from diverse backgrounds, to eradicate violence and rebuild their lives. Services include one-on-one counselling, support groups, the Enhanced Youth Outreach Worker Program, a Youth Mentorship Program and a Youth in Transition Program for BIPOC youth as they transition from being ‘children in care’ to living independently as adults.

Youth Justice Services, The Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS)

The Youth Probation Services Branch is responsible for the provincial operations of probation services for youth who are between the ages of 12 to 17 when they come into conflict with the law. Probation services provides community-based supports that are on a continuum of services that range from prevention and diversion to custodial programs.

Additional Resources

Parents & Prevention: What You Need to Know (Webinar)

What human trafficking is, how it happens and what parents can do.

Keeping Youth Safe: Human Trafficking and Online Exploitation (Video)

Tips on how you can help keep young people safe from online predators.

Linda's Story: Parent of a Human Trafficking Survivor (Video)

Linda Harlos shares her experience as a parent of a human trafficking survivor.

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