ACT Alberta, the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking, stands as a formidable provincial charity and non-profit organization dedicated to combating the scourge of human trafficking in all its forms. With a rich history as one of the longest-standing anti-trafficking agencies in Canada, the non-profit has an unwavering commitment that has consistently centred on the aspiration of a trafficking-free Alberta. We sat down with Carey Collins, the Communications Specialist of ACT Alberta, to find out more about what needs to be done.
Describe your charity/non-profit/volunteer work in a few sentences.
ACT Alberta, the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking, is a provincial charity and non-profit organization that provides front-line services to victims and survivors of both labour and sex trafficking. As one of the oldest anti-trafficking agencies in Canada, we have been steadfast in our vision of an Alberta free of human trafficking. We provide essential services to victims and survivors, empower and mobilize our communities, and partner with allies across the country to raise awareness.
What problem does it aim to solve?
Our vision is an Alberta free of human trafficking. We aim to help victims and survivors of human trafficking get on their pathway to safety, while educating and training the public and specialized industries to be able to recognize and respond safely.
When did you start/join it?
I joined ACT Alberta one year ago.
What made you want to get involved?
I want to know that the work I do has a meaningful impact in someone’s life. If I can help someone feel safe and empowered that is the best reward.
What was the situation like when you started?
We were a small team when I started. We were under capacity to meet the needs of our clients and the demand for education about human trafficking.
How has it changed since?
Our team has doubled in size and the need for our services continues to grow. There is a growing demand for industry-specific training, and developing new programs to meet that demand.
What more needs to be done?
We need to continue raising awareness, advocating for vulnerable communities, and creating safe spaces that are inclusive and open. Education is critical for prevention, and continuing to connect and engage with new communities and industries will help grow the movement to end human trafficking.
How can our readers help?
Visit our website, take our free trainings, read our blog, join our webinars, hold a third-party fundraiser (all proceeds go directly to survivors bypassing any administrative costs) and share our content. Volunteer for organizations that support marginalized communities. Start conversations in your communities.
Where can we follow you?
PAY IT FORWARD: What is an awesome local charity that you love?
We work with a large community of service providers without whom we would not be able to do the work we do. We are always thankful for all of our community partners: Trellis Society, YWCA Edmonton, The Brenda Strafford Foundation and REACH Edmonton.