Online Training Initiative to Address

Human Trafficking

Series of Free Webinars to Introduce New Human Trafficking Training!


Webinar Recordings


Webinar 5:
Human Trafficking: a Survivor`s Perspective

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Date:Friday, March 24th, 2017 from 2pm - 3pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Presenter: Simone Bell


What is the survivor’s perspective on the experience with interacting with healthcare professionals, professionals working with children, law-enforcement officers and legal professionals over the course of the human trafficking ordeal? How can we make improvement in the future in regards to the way that healthcare professionals, professionals working with children, law-enforcement officers and legal professionals interact with human trafficking survivors, so they may spot the signs of human trafficking early on and safely extract the victim from the harmful environment? How can we advocate from the point of view of a survivor?

About Simone Bell

Simone Bell is a survivor, speaker, peer support manager and social justice advocate. Simone was coerced into the sex trade by a young man and well known criminal at the age of 21. Fear for the safety of those she loved and a crippling addiction kept her enslaved for a period of four years. Simone suffered in silence for 1.5 years until a friend and social worker helped her understand her exploitation. One conversation changed her life, and Simone found her voice. Since that life changing moment Simone has trained Police, Social Services and Health Care providers on the many aspects of Human Trafficking. Simone received a diploma in Addictions and community services and is a key member of Roos-Remillard Consulting Services - Ilinniapaa campus and Timea’s Cause. In October 2015 Simone co-founded The Hope Found Project at Voice Found. The Hope Found Project which is the first of its kind in Eastern Ontario is a survivor led program that assists victims of sexual exploitation. Simone assists survivors daily to help them find their voice and own individual path to healing.


Webinar 4:
Human Trafficking: a Legal Professional`s Perspective

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Presenter: Emily Dixon, J.D.


What are some indicators of human trafficking as observed by legal professionals? How can you conduct interviews with trafficked and potentially trafficked persons, while reinforcing the mentality that the victims are not responsible for the crimes that have been committed against them? How can legal professional’s best serve and meet the needs of trafficked persons through trauma-informed and culturally sensitive care, professional conduct, and by preparing to build partnerships and make referrals? ...and more

About Emily Dixon

Emily Dixon is a licensed barrister and solicitor who is currently employed as a Staff Lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario where she assists unrepresented and low income individuals as duty counsel with criminal law matters. Emily is passionate about social justice and gender equality. Prior to attending law school, Emily was a frontline worker in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, assisting clients involved in sex work from a harm reduction perspective. Further, she volunteered as a research intern at the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a sex workers' collective in Kolkata, India, where she assisted with research on approaches to law reform and the criminalization of sex work. After being called to the bar, Emily served for over two years on the Board of Directors of the Bad Date Coalition, which aims to promote sex workers' rights through safety planning. Most recently, Emily joined the Board of Directors of METRAC, in which she will participate in non-profit governance in order to support the eradication of violence against women and youth.


Webinar 3:
Human Trafficking: a Law Enforcement Professional`s Perspective

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Date:Friday, January 27th, 2017

Presenter: Debbie Pond


What are some human trafficking issues in the Canadian and Ontario contexts? How do you recognize the role played by federal and provincial agencies in combating human trafficking? What are the signs of human trafficking from a law enforcement perspective, including: physical and behavioural indicators; signs of control and exploitation; common businesses used as fronts for human trafficking activities; and questions that can help you to uncover hidden signs of this crime? ...and more

Debbie Pond was actively involved in volunteering in the many communities where she served during her 35 year (retired Oct 2013) career as an RCMP Officer. As a member of Defend Dignity’s Advisory Team, Debbie brings her breadth of experience as a front line officer and her fervent desire to advocate for change. Debbie is one of the founding members and Chair of the Board of Directors of u-r home, a not for profitorganization, whose vision is to establish safe homes for victims/survivors of human trafficking in York Region of Ontario. Debbie has served for a number of years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation and leads an adult support group.


Webinar 2:
Human Trafficking: Perspective of Professionals Working With Children

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Presenters: Jolene Heida and Jill Foley


How does recruitment by traffickers happen, as observed by professionals working with children and including: the profile of a victim and general signs of recruitment and trafficking? What are some indicators associated with different forms of trafficking, including commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, and domestic servitude? What are the best practices when working with trafficked children and their families? ...and more

Jolene Heida is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and practising psychotherapist with over 10 years of combined experience working with children youth and families. She has worked with survivors of both international and domestic trafficking for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. Since 2004 she has developed and delivered training and educational initiatives to schools, client groups, youth centres, and service providers.

Jill Foley holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist. She has over ten years experience of working with individuals who have experienced trauma and abuse and who struggle with mental health issues. Currently, Jill is a psychotherapist in private practice as well as an individual and family therapist for an accredited children's mental health agency.


Webinar 1:
Human Trafficking: a Healthcare Worker’s Perspective

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Click Here to Access a Message from Helen Roos on Primary and Post Care Referral Needs and the Canadian Victim Bill of Rights

Presenters: Helen Roos & Tara Leach


What are the indicators of human trafficking, likely to be observed by healthcare professionals? What are some health issues and symptoms caused by conditions under which victims/survivors live and work? How can you intervene in a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive way with survivors of human trafficking as you encounter them in a healthcare setting?...and more

About the Presenters:

Tara Leach is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHC-NP) and a SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) trained nurse. She has been a member of the Ontario Network Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Treatment Centers since 2003. In her current role Tara is the clinical lead for the Ottawa SADVTC program and is clinically responsible for the primary care needs of those who have been victims of sexual violence and partner violence.Tara Leach is a trainer for the provincial networks Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) annual nursing program. Tara has presented locally, nationally and internationally on various topics related to violence against women.

Helen Roos is owner and operator of Roos-Remillard Consulting Services which delivers issues-based research and strategic organizational planning and result-based project design and delivery services. Her firm, in collaboration with survivors of domestic sexual and labour exploitation and technical health or law enforcement experts, have delivered presentations and training on domestic sexual and labour exploitation to law enforcement, health and social service workers and the public since 2013. Contact Helen directly at or

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