On February 22nd, Voice Found marks Ontario’s First Human Trafficking Awareness Day by launching H.E.A.L.T.H. – Canada’s first health clinic for persons at risk of, being or who have been trafficked.
There will be a press conference at 9:00 am immediately following our invitation only launch event and during the day upon request and subject to availability. We will arrange tours of the clinic upon request between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on the 22nd.
Called H.E.A.L.T.H. (Healing, Education, Advocacy, Linkage, Trauma-informed, Healing) the clinic is exclusively designed to care for and support trafficked persons who can often find mainstream health care environments traumatic. We will serve ages 13 and up – regardless of gender, insurance or documentation. In addition to health care services, there will be case managers onsite to help connect clients with appropriate support including peer support. This will include a representative from Ottawa Victim Services who will help clients with access to the victim quick response program (VQRP). Training opportunities for healthcare professionals will be available to help them learn how to work with survivors of human trafficking in a mentored and supported environment that models trauma informed, client centered, and culturally informed care. We will also be providing employment opportunities for survivors.
The breakfast event will be held at 7:30 am on Thursday, February 22nd in Ottawa at the Andaz Hotel, 325 Dalhousie St – 2nd floor. Press Conference to follow at 9:00 am.
For more information contact:
Cynthia Bland Founder/CEO Voice Found
613-763-5332 office 613-282-7424 cell
About Voice Found: We are a national survivor-led charity whose mission is to prevent child sex abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. We provide front line services and support to persons who have been or are being trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation through The Hope Found Project.