Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Ottawa is part of a global movement that organizes hackathons that bring together problem solvers, creative thinkers, and technologists for a weekend to bring technology solutions to challenges faced by charities, not-for-profits, and civic organizations. Over the course of a weekend, teams of volunteers bring their creative, technical, and problem-solving know-how to tackle and solve several of these challenges.
This year one of the projects being worked on will benefit not only Voice Found but other agencies that are on the front lines providing multiple supports in a very dynamic and chronically understaffed field.
There is a lack of data available in Canada specific to the intricacies of providing support for persons who have been or are being sex trafficked. The ‘rescue’ of someone from this crime is just the beginning. It takes years and multiple supports for a victim to be in a place where they can live a full, productive and happy life.
We are looking to capture data that will provide us with insight on the following:
- How much time is spent with a client by activity (ie. Urgent text support, court support, intake, after hours care, driving to appointments, office visits, calls with other agencies, securing safe housing, trouble shooting complex issues on the run…)
- How many supports are needed by client and for how long
- The number of agencies/amount of time per client per activity
Data we collect will help us, other agencies, funders and the general public to understand the complexity and time commitment to help each victim. This data can be used to help inform government on the resources required to address the needs of victims of human trafficking. It will provide us with insight as to how we may be able to increase efficiencies and better help victims. This data needs to be collected in a way that is easy for front line workers who are not sitting behind a desk but who mostly use cell phones.