Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness

by Aura Freedom International
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Prevent Sex Trafficking Through Youth Awareness
Educating youth on healthy relationships
Educating youth on healthy relationships

Dear friends,

Time has certainly flown by since we last spoke! During this time, there have been many changes in the world and at Aura Freedom. As the country begins to open up more, everyone seems to be filled with hope, excitement, and new life but we will begin to see the effects of the pandemic on our youth if we haven't already. The isolation, exploitation, and fear everyone has experienced - especially youth - will have an impact on the years to come. 

As you know, the Peer Prevention Project is unfunded and your support could not be more appreciated! Your continued support for this project has meant we can continue educating youth on human trafficking and empower them to prevent exploitation in their own lives. It has meant we can provide survivors with support and resources to live better lives of health and inclusiveness. Your support has meant we can continue to demonstrate what healthy relationships look like, how to identify red flags, and educate youth on what true consent is. This is especially important as 29% of people are trafficked by an intimate partner and 31% by a friend. When we educate youth, we are saving lives one presentation at a time.

Becuase of your gifts, we are able to continue providing life saving support to youth who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, human trafficking. Because of your support we have provided anti-human trafficking workshops to frontline workers to identify and support survivors of human trafficking in their line of work. Because of you, we have been able to provide virtual presentations at Elizabeth Fry, Roden Public School, Halton Catholic School, Youth Rising Above, Women's Support Network, Women's Habitat, and more.

It is amazing what we have been able to accomplish because of your support! In a time when resources are scarce and youth are more at risk than ever, we have been able to provide life-saving education to those who need it. All thanks to you!

We have more exciting news - our online booking forum is live! This means that teachers, community support workers, leaders, etc who want to host an anti-human trafficking presentation can easily book, all with one click of a button! Having this forum means booking is easier, faster, and more accessible for everyone. As September quickly approaches and school resumes, we look forward to using the forum to schedule presentations and impact the lives of countless people in our community. We can't wait to see where this year takes us!

You can click here to view our selection of workshops, here to book a youth anti-human trafficking presentation, and here to learn more about our youth presentation. As always, please contact asha@aurafreedom.org if you have any questions about scheduling a presentation. 

As we look forward to the coming months, we are very grateful for your continued support. We know the last year and a half has not been easy for anyone and we are grateful to have you by our side. We could not do the work that we do without support from people like you.

Remember, no matter how small the contribution may seem, it has major effects on those it reaches. 

And we are so grateful for you.

As always, yours in solidarity.

Youth presentation at Youth Rising Above
Youth presentation at Youth Rising Above
Why Indigenous Communities Are Targeted
Why Indigenous Communities Are Targeted
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Dear friends, 

The past year has certainly presented challenges on an individual level as well as an organizational one. But if there is anything the last year has taught us, it is that we are stronger and more capable when we come together to support one another. 

And you have done just that! Despite the job losses, sickness, frustrations, and feelings of hopelessness, you have found something worth your hope, commitment, and resources. And we could not be more grateful. Your support has meant that we can continue fighting against human trafficking by educating and empowering youth across Toronto. 

Because of you, we have been able to continue supporting youth currently experiencing or at risk of human trafficking. As I am sure you know, youth are more at risk now than ever as they are spending more time online, isolated from community supports, and often stuck at home with those who exploit them. The Peer Prevention Project team has transitioned to delivering presentations online, allowing them to deliver presentations safely and to reach a wider range of people.

The Peer Prevention Project team has been hard at work on some new and exciting developments! In the last four months, the team has provided presentations for Youth Rising, Elizabeth Fry, homeless youth, marginalized groups, parent groups, and Toronto service providers to name a few. They have even presented to women and youth already involved in trafficking to provide them with tools to exit safely. The team has also provided an online teen drop in zone and supported the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre with frontline training.

The team has been busy and has done amazing work despite the Peer Prevention Project currently being unfunded. The HTPPP is more critical now than ever, and we are so grateful to have your support. It can be hard to understand the true impacts of these presentations as changes are internal, but the ripple effects will be seen for generations to come. 

In the coming months, we are going to be launching an online forum on our website where teachers, community support workers, leaders, etc. can easily schedule Peer Prevention Project presentations. This is an important development as it creates greater accessibility for those in our community.

Until this platform is ready, please contact asha@aurafreedom.org if you are interested in scheduling an anti-human trafficking presentation. 

As we look forward to the new developments in the coming months, we are grateful for those who support us through the good times and the bad. We could not do the work that we do without support from people like you. However small the contribution may seem, it has major effects on those it reaches. And we are so grateful for you.

As always, yours in solidarity.

Asha facilitating an online webinar
Asha facilitating an online webinar
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Keeping the HTPPP Sisterhood alive during COVID-19
Keeping the HTPPP Sisterhood alive during COVID-19

Dear friends and supporters,

Many things changed in 2020. All around us, we can see those changes in our daily routines, relationships and expectations. Yet, what remains the same is that youth continue to experience violence and exploitation during COVID-19.

The Peer Prevention Project is needed now more than ever as social services are limited and at-risk groups are isolated and stuck at home - a place that is safest for some but deadly for others. Women and youth/children are exposed to more violence at home and online - especially true for marginalized groups often neglected in programming and lacking social supports.

This is where the Peer Prevention Project comes in.

The Peer Prevention Project carries out workshops in schools, shelters, youth group homes and community centres aimed at preventing sexual exploitation and gender-based violence. From March 2019-March 2020, our Community Engagement Youth Team carried out 48 workshops and engagements, reaching over 2000 youth and service providers in Toronto and the GTA and supported numerous survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to access services and safety planning.

Because of you. Because of your support.

In response to COVID-19, we moved our in-person workshops to a virtual platform so that this powerful project could continue. Through this platform, we were able to host online programming in real-time for shelters, organizations and community centres. While adapting to virtual presentations, it was essential for us to have our trauma counsellor on the call to support youth virtually. Youth can also privately message the trauma counsellors for support and follow up services.

Gender-based violence is not new by any means, but COVID-19 has amplified youth’s vulnerability and has made them a target for online grooming. Awareness and education on human trafficking is essential.

And we can only do this work with your support. So, thank you. Thank you for your support.

We are so grateful.


To book a workshop for your school, shelter, youth group, agency please email asha@aurafreedom.org

In solidarity, 

Olivia Allen and the entire Aura Freedom team

 

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The HTPPP Team and our Executive Director
The HTPPP Team and our Executive Director
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Our Project Coordinator sharing her insights
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