TORONTO, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Children and youth who are vulnerable to
sex trafficking will get information that will keep them safer, thanks
to a program initiated this month by All Saints Anglican
Church-Community Centre at the corner of Dundas and Sherbourne Streets
The church launched the pilot phase of a program called Providing
Resources, Offering Support (PROS) for students in Grade 8 and their
teachers, warning about the dangers of domestic human trafficking. Two
facilitators are visiting 26 schools of the Toronto District School
Board in priority neighbourhoods, offering curriculum kits and a
90-minute workshop to teachers, and making presentations to students.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is also participating,
having invited PROS to give training to its social workers and guidance
"All of PROS' material has been prepared in consultation with experts
who are informed by years, and in some cases decades, of first-hand
experience working with people who have been trafficked for sex
domestically," says Carly Kalish, a social worker who runs All Saints'
Friday morning drop-in for female sex trade workers.
"We have drawn on the knowledge and experience of police officers,
school administrators and social workers who are committed to assisting
those who are commercially exploited," she continues. "We are also
immensely grateful to a group of youth who have shared with us their
lived experiences of being trafficked specifically to inform our work."
The idea for PROS came out of Ms. Kalish's work with the women at the
drop-in, some of whom had a history of having been trafficked.
The pilot project will be completed on March 31, when PROS will report
on outcomes to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional
Services, which provided PROS with a Safe and Vital Communities grant.
The program will continue for another year and is expected to reach all
Toronto schools. It will be funded by a grant from the Anglican Diocese
SOURCE: Anglican Diocese of Toronto
For further information:
The Rev. David Opheim
All Saints Anglican Church-Community Centre