In 2016, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic convened a consortium of organizations, front-line service providers, agencies and researchers who separately work with women with precarious immigration status who are vulnerable to trafficking.

Migrant Women’s Rights Project serves women whose difficulties intersect with labour migration, experience gender-based violence, and become vulnerable to trafficking. In part because of their precarious status, and fears of deportation or reprisals by former (domestic) employers, they experience extreme isolation from access to supports.

Through a combination of research, street-level outreach activities, and education/information awareness, practical supports such as counselling, legal information, access to primary health services and housing referrals, our consortium will seek to improve access to remedy and support as well as primary prevention for women experiencing multiple marginalization and exploitation in relation to their immigration status and their vulnerability to trafficking.

We will provide:

  • Accurate information about women’s legal options to work or maintain their valid immigration status before, during and after recruitment by being when and where they are being recruited by traffickers;
  • Outreach and transitional counselling that will link women with community support and resources to address social and health concerns; outreach will take place in the geographic region where women are already gathering for mutual support. Partner organizations will also offer space for outreach, at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic office, or TNO;
  • Access to primary healthcare;
  • We will build a pilot coordinated response in Canada’s biggest urban centre;
  • We will make policy recommendations through our partners that address the findings of this project and go upstream to prevent; and
  • We will participate in National level anti-trafficking research and prevention work through the Canadian Women’s Foundation.