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Challenging Trafficking in Canada Policy Brief Launch
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Centre for Feminist Research and the Centre for Refugee Studies Present:

Challenging Trafficking in Canada

Policy Brief Launch

4-5:30pm, Tuesday November 21st, 2017

519 Kaneff Tower, York University

Challenging Trafficking in Canada presents information about human trafficking interventions as they impact sex workers, Indigenous women, migrants, youth, and other marginalized groups. Drawing from established research and consultations with organizations around the country, the policy brief analyses how anti-trafficking policies, laws and practices often cause violence and harm to those they are intended to help, especially Indigenous, racialized and migrant sex workers. It offers an alternative to misinformation, exaggerations and unfounded claims that often circulate through the media and public discussion.

Join us for a conversation with community organizers about the Brief and how issues of labour exploitation, criminalization, and precarious migration status impact local and migrant workers across multiple industries.

You can access the policy Brief at the following link.

Lead editors of the policy brief:
Dr. Kamala Kempadoo & Nicole D. McFadyen (PhD Candidate), York University

Elene Lam, Director, Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network
Syed Hussan, Coordinator, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
Evelyn Encalada Grez, Organizer and co-Founder, Justicia for Migrant Workers
Andrea Sterling, Board Chair Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project (*pending confirmation on description)

About the panelists:
Elene Lam (LLM, LLB, MSW. BSW) Master of Law is the founder and executive director of Butterfly (Asian and migrant sex workers support network) and Migrant Sex Workers Project (MSWP). She has been involved in the sex work, gender, migrant and labour movement and activism for more than 17 years.

Evelyn Encalada Grez is co-founder of the award-winning collective Justicia for Migrant Workers. She was part of the films "Migrant Dreams" and "El Contrato" directed by Min Sook Lee that features the injustices lived by migrant workers in Canada. She is contract faculty at York University and a PhD candidate in Social Justice Education at OISE of the University of Toronto.

Andrea Sterling is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, and has been involved with sex working communities in Montréal and Toronto since 2006. Andrea was involved in the development of the policy brief as a contributing member of the editorial and research teams representing Maggie's Toronto. Her research examines sex work and modes of regulation and is guided by the lived realities of sex workers in her community.

Supported by: Maggie's Toronto

Co-sponsored by: Centre for Refugee Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Social Science & International Development Studies at York University

Please RSVP to Light refreshments provided.

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