Prevention, education, and awareness
The Human Trafficking Protocol for the City of Kingston and Frontenac County was officially unveiled in March 2023 and entirely funded by the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington. The three pillars of the protocol are: prevention, education, and awareness; identification of trafficking victims; and intervention, assessment, and support. The protocol, which is focused on those being exploited sexually and for their labour, is a set of best-practice guidelines for a collaborative response to human trafficking by breaking down barriers for those who have escaped it.
Those who have signed the protocol include Kingston Police, Kingston Interval House, Limestone District School Board, Youth Diversion, and many others. The agencies that have signed the protocol have agreed to help lead efforts in preventing trafficking, educating those who may be vulnerable to trafficking, responding to trafficking incidents, supporting those who have escaped by working together, coordinating collective response and resources, and implementing information-sharing agreements.
Key strategies and activities achieved in the first year of implementation include:
- Connecting with community agencies
- Providing PD to all staff
- Established student conferences
- Parent information sessions
- Educated all secondary Physical Education teachers regarding the curriculum connection to the Anti-Sex trafficking protocol
- Signed KFL&A Human Trafficking Protocol with Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac, Kingston Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, Family and Children Services of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Addictions and Mental Health Services for KFL&A, Youth Diversion, the St. Lawrence Youth Association, and Kingston Interval House.