Preventing Child Trafficking
January 10, 2023, 11:00 a.m. (PST) / 12:00 p.m. (MST) / 1:00 p.m. (CST) / 2:00 p.m. (EST)
This webinar will be 1.5 hours
What is child trafficking and how big is this issue . How can we work “upstream” . How can we teach our children about healthy relationships . How can we address hyper - sexualisation in media and culture with children . How to start these conversations with children and yout h as parents, educator s, and youth leaders .
Kelly Schuler - Executive Director, Educator, Speaker Coach, Producer
Ajwang’ is an Associate Professor of Social Work at University of Calgary, working in partnership with BRAVE Education to prevent child trafficking in Canada. Prior to joining academia, Ajwang’ worked in the counter-human trafficking field in southern Africa and practiced as a social worker with migrant children and their families and with children living and working on the streets. As a child rights-based development advocate, she was part of working groups (coordinated South African government departments), which were instrumental in creating counter-trafficking and child protection legislation and policies. She continues to provide her expertise as an advisory board member on a project spearheaded by the International Rescue Committee and UNICEF and as a Think Tank member with the Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF).
Ena Lucia is a trauma-Informed and survivor-informed professional in human security, specialized in child abuse and human trafficking.
Ena Lucia earned two bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a master’s degree at Royal Roads University in Human Security and Peacebuilding.
She has worked for three Members of the Canadian Parliament, where she conducted statistical research, policy writing, and human rights advocacy work. During her time working with Member of Parliament Joy Smith, Ena Lucia built a database to track human trafficking cases and to provide supporting data for Bill C-310, a piece of legislation that enhanced the definition of exploitation in the criminal offence of human trafficking. Using information from this database, Bill C-310 also enabled the prosecution of Canadians who committed crimes against children and human trafficking offenses outside of Canada’s borders.
Ena Lucia has also assisted vulnerable communities and victims of human trafficking as a volunteer with NGOs in trafficking hotspots. In the non-profit sector, she worked with CARE Canada to coordinate workshops for country directors in support of humanitarian aid and development projects. Ena Lucia moved to France to pursue an internship with INTERPOL where her work centered on victims of human trafficking, people smuggling, and crimes against children. She later joined INTERPOL as a staff member in the Communications Office until early 2020, and then again in 2022 in the Organized and Emerging Crime Directorate, for Illicit Markets.
Ena Lucia has presented her research at the Global INTERPOL Human Trafficking Expert Group Meeting, the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and at the University of Toledo. She was interviewed for a South African Radio show "Voice of Change" on male victims of human trafficking and abuse in South Africa, and on Rogers TV Freedom Fighters: Code Gray. Additionally, her research on male victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and human trafficking for sexual exploitation, is published in the Child Abuse and Neglect Journal special edition on boys winter of 2022.
Advocate & Founder of Bridge2Future
Bridge2Future is a non-profit that the primary mission is research, advocacy and policy advice against Generational Trauma, Intimate Partner Violence and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children. Michelle is a survivor of Familial Trafficking and Abuse and a staunch advocate for the exploited, marginalized and oppressed. She has been working in providing direct support to victims and survivors, speaking at conferences and facilitates training on Familial Trafficking.
Michelle has submitted Briefs to different Committees in the Canadian House of Commons.
In June 2021, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police invited Michelle as a guest speaker on “Familial Abuse and Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Children”. During the training webinar presentation, Michelle integrated her lived experience with the Adverse Childhood Experiences, Neurobiology of Trauma and Coercive Control according to the Biderman’s Chart of Coercion.
Michelle submitted an Affidavit to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, on a constitutional challenge to Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act by the Canadian Alliance for Sex work law reform.
She has committed much of her life to fight for those who are trauma-bonded and ending all forms of sexual exploitation of women and children.