Human Trafficking Is Closer Than You Think

Limestone Learning Foundation
Human Trafficking Is Closer Than You Think - Break the Silence. Break the Chains.
Posted on 05/18/2022
Human Trafficking Event June 8 2022

Fast 101 (Fighting Against Sex Trafficking) is hosting two sessions (one for secondary students and one for parents, guardians, and community members) called "Break the Silence - Break the Chains - Human Trafficking is Closer Thank You Think on June 8, 2022. 

Student event:

A one-day conference has been organized by Doug van der Horden and members of F.A.S.T. 101 (Fighting Against Sex Trafficking) for High School students within the Limestone District School Board.

The conference is called, “Break the Silence - Break the Chains” – Human Trafficking Is Closer Than You Think. It will unpack the realities surrounding Human Trafficking and on-line safety as it pertains to our youth. Two keynote speakers are lined up for the day and several community agencies that will be on site for students to explore and direct questions to.

The day will include activities where students can engage, while at the same time, learn more about the current issues surrounding Human Trafficking.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Kingston Gospel Temple: 2295 Princess Street, Kingston
Cost: FREE (Students are to bring a lunch)
Transportation: Arranged by school – Covered by Board Office

Below is an outline of the Keynote Speakers and the topics they will be covering on this day.

Kelly Beale (Toronto Assistant Crown Attorney Lawyer)

Kelly will be explaining what human trafficking is, identifiers of human trafficking, and how traffickers lure their victims. She will provide several examples of victims she’s worked with and the ways in which they were targeted by their traffickers. She will also discuss what can be done if you, or someone you know, is being trafficked or is at risk of being trafficked; what supports are out there and different steps that can be taken.  

She will be presenting topics such as:

  • Defining Human Trafficking
  • Types of Human Trafficking
  • Statistics around Human Trafficking
  • Luring tactics used by traffickers
  • What makes one vulnerable to becoming a victim (Risk factors)
  • The mindset of a victim
  •  Resources to get help

Matt Richardson, (Digital Empowerment Project)

Matt will be presenting and will make students aware of online risks and how they manifest and apply online, including popular social and gaming platforms.

Topics will include:

  • Cyber Stalking
  • Online Grooming Tactics and Lures
  • Spotting Signs of Exploitation (e.g., grooming and lures)
  • Avoiding the “Wrong Kind of Attention”
  • Sexting and Sextortion
  • Social Media and Human Trafficking
  • Getting Help

For each risk introduced students will be empowered with practical and fair measures to mitigate exposure to potentially dangerous situations and people encountered online.

There is no limit on seating for the student event, as this venue can hold close to 1,500 people, but transportation may dictate how many students each school can realistically bring. If LDSB staff have any questions about this day, please don’t hesitate to contact Doug van der Horden, Adolescent Care Worker, Ernestown Secondary School, 613-386-3054 ext. 329

Parent, guardian, and community member event: 
Parents, guardians, and community members are invited to join guest speaker Doug van der Horden, Adolescent Care Worker with LDSB and Founder of FAST 101, and learn how to prevent and eliminate human trafficking. 

Date: June 8, 2022
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Tett Centre - 370 King Street West, Kingston
Cost: Free

If you are unable to join in-person, you can register for the live stream here

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