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Human Trafficking in the Prairies

An important and sobering report on the issue of human trafficking in the Canadian Prairies, led by a cherished colleague of mine, Dr. Priscilla Settee, and Dr. Manuela Valle-Castro. They enabled a co-constructed project - including a framework for future programming and a model of prevention, education and support, and saw the need to approach domestic human trafficking from an intersectional, feminist, decolonizing, trauma-informed perspective, with a community focused model of research that emphasizes agency and capacity building.

"Simply put, organizations that genuinely want to make a difference need to begin by adopting the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Calls for Justice from the report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people. As a first step, they need to make sure that they understand and apply the evidence-based literature on intersectional violence researched and written by Indigenous researchers to their program’s design. Most importantly, they must move away from the characterization of trafficking as a matter of simply villains, victims, and saviours."

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