MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - March 20, 2015) - Department of Justice Canada
Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced funding of $192,000 for the Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle (CLES) to develop a toolkit to increase awareness of the realities and consequences of human trafficking and violence in the lives of women and of the services, resources and legal information available for victims of these crimes.
CLES is a community-based advocacy coalition that focuses on offering services and support to women and girls who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation. It also raises awareness and offers training on the consequences of sexual exploitation. The main goal of this project is to ensure that victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are aware of their rights and of the resources and laws available to help them leave situations in which they are being sexually exploited. Outreach workers will be hired by the coalition to help them reach vulnerable populations most at risk of being victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
"Our Government recognizes the significant harms associated with human trafficking and sexual exploitation-crimes that prey on the most vulnerable, especially women and children. Victims of these horrible crimes need access to information and services that can help them exit a life of exploitation. In addition to developing legislation that recognizes the harms that flow from sexual exploitation, our Government is also proud to provide funding to organizations like the Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle that seek to empower victims of these crimes and those most at risk of being exploited."
|Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada|
"Being aware of one's rights to dignity, to equality and to support services in breaking free of prostitution is key to ending sexual exploitation and violence against women. Any person in contact with women in prostitution must recognize these rights. Society must clearly reject the idea that buying sexual services from another individual is a right; this is not true, it is a crime".
|Spokesperson of the Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle|
Federal Victims Strategy and Victims Fund
The Federal Victims Strategy brings together federal efforts to give victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system. It was created in 2007 and made permanent in 2011. The objective of the Strategy, which is led by the Department of Justice Canada, is to give victims a more effective voice in the criminal justice system. The Department of Justice Canada works in close collaboration with other federal institutions, as well as victims, victim advocates, provincial and territorial governments, service providers, and others involved in the criminal justice system. The Department of Justice Canada develops policy and criminal law reform, funds various programs to meet the needs of victims of crime, explores best practices to address victims' needs, and raises awareness about the concerns of victims of crime and their role in the criminal justice system.
Within the Federal Victims Strategy, the Victims Fund is a grants and contributions program administered by the Department of Justice. More than $11M is available each year to provinces, territories and non-governmental organizations whose projects, activities and operations support the objectives of the Federal Victims Strategy.
The Victims Fund provides funding to projects and activities that:
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has allocated more than $140 million to give victims a more effective voice in the criminal justice system through initiatives delivered by the Department of Justice Canada.
More information is available on the Department of Justice Canada's website.
|Department of Justice Canada|