EDMONTON, Dec. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for
Edmonton East, on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced
Government of Canada support for a project to help address the
trafficking of women and girls in Edmonton.
"Human trafficking is a serious crime, and our Government is committed
to creating safe communities across Canada and right here in Edmonton,"
said Mr. Goldring. "We are proud to partner with ACT Alberta which does
such important work to make this community safer."
"Our Government is committed to protecting women and girls from
violence," said Minister Leitch. "That is why we are holding offenders
accountable for their actions, and supporting community-based projects
across Canada that address violence against women and girls."
The Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta Association (ACT Alberta) is receiving $199,760 from the Government of Canada for a project that will help women and
girls in Edmonton who are victims of trafficking for sexual
exploitation, or are at risk of becoming victims. ACT Alberta will
engage a network of diverse partners to develop and implement a
community action plan focused specifically on this form of trafficking.
The project will work to integrate its plan and recommendations into
the existing crime prevention initiatives in the city.
"Our organization has noted an increase in reports of human trafficking
in Edmonton in recent years. Victims of human trafficking come from all
parts of the world, including Canadian born girls and women," said
Ms. Andrea Burkhart, Executive Director, ACT Alberta. "We need an
effective and comprehensive community action plan that links into our
city's efforts to tackle crime. We are very pleased to have Government
of Canada support in helping to make that a reality."
The Harper Government is supporting this project through Status of Women
Canada's call for proposals, Working Together: Engaging Communities to End Violence Against Women and
Girls. Through Status of Women Canada, federal government support for
community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting
more than 600 projects across Canada. Since that time, over $62 million
dollars in funding has been approved specifically for projects to end
violence against women and girls.
From November 25, 2013 until December 10, 2013, the Government of Canada
is marking 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This includes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women on November 25, Canada's National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, and International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2013.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of
Status of Women Tel: 819-953-5646
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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