Last May, the Government of Ontario announced the launch of a new pilot program which assists human trafficking survivors by providing free legal supports. This is an incredible step towards recovery for survivors.
The Ministry of the Attorney General created a team of specialized lawyers that will provide free legal supports including, confidential legal advice, help with completing a restraining order, and representation at application hearings in any Ontario Court of Justice. *Parents and guardians of child survivors are also eligible to receive free legal support.
What are your thoughts about this initiative? A step in the right direction or is there more that needs to be done?
To learn more about the links between human trafficking, mental health, and substance use, as well as ways that service providers can identify and support survivors, take EENet's free online course on human trafficking or see our discussion forum on human trafficking.