StopHT Partners

Below is a list of partners that form 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. You do not have to involve or speak to police to receive support.

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.

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.

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. &

Durham Children’s Aid Society

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.

Safety Network Durham (SND)

SND 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.

Durham Youth Services

Durham Youth Services supports youth aged 16 – 24 who are at risk of, or actively experiencing homelessness. In addition to our youth-focused emergency shelter Joanne’s House, DYS offers a variety of prevention, rapid-rehousing and housing stabilization programs to help youth achieve and maintain lasting solutions to their housing crisis.

211/Find Help

Findhelp l 211 connects people to support when and how they need it through 24/7 multilingual navigation, crisis response, specialty helplines, online searches and a comprehensive database of human and social services.Call 211 for information and referral to government, health, community and social services. 211 is available 24/7/365 and in 200 + languages by phone and online.

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).

Durham District School Board

Durham Catholic District School Board

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Additional Resources

Human Trafficking: What you need to know

What human trafficking is, how it happens and how to respond.

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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