Our response to human suffering is innovation. As there is limited work in human trafficking in Canada, we undertake considerable development to create what doesn’t exist, to be inclusive of Survivor voice, and specialized design to see best outcomes.
The Salvation Army Illuminate has pioneered the “Freedom Model”, a one of a kind, trauma sensitive case management model designed to be inclusive of survivor voice while working towards goals that are personalized and oriented towards healing from the inside out. We teach this model externally, and utilize it in all our direct services, inclusive of modalities such as;
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Trauma Specific Practice
- Decolonizing Praxis
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation
- Person-Environment-Occupation Model
We believe that after exploitation, an extraordinary life is waiting for Survivors. Our programs are designed to support intervention, tangible strategies to exit, collaboration with others, interdependence development, and building back human capacity. We avoid Savior or rescuing approaches, and instead act as coaches, guides, and facilitators to support Survivors to walk in healing, resilience, and hope.
Voices of Survivors
We seek to raise up Survivor voices, but ensure they do not experience exploitation through the process. The following Survivor experiences are shared with permission, utilizing ethical storytelling principles.
Our Direct Services
We are also developing brand new, long term initiatives that will be implemented in the next 2-3 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Salvation Army fundraises to cover the cost of all programs so Survivors can access free of cost. Where available, our training is offered free of cost, although an honoraria for our time and materials is appreciated.
Depending on the program you are seeking to access, we often do have waitlists, however we encourage referrals as we process intakes to programs quickly once space is available.
The majority of Survivors we work with do not reside with us, and we value our hundreds of national partners to assist trafficked persons to access supports needed. The largest need we have identified is outreach and community based services, paired with safe housing and second stage apartments.
All of our programs have no religious requirements. Our staff and clients are diverse in background and experience. Should Survivors want to pursue spiritual supports, every effort will be made to assist them to connect in community as per their leading and preferences, but it is not a requirement.
Survivors who are seeking to exit exploitation through our programs are not required to access law enforcement. However, our staff will follow duty to report requirements for clients in high risk circumstances, or should that risk put our programs or staff at risk of harm. Risk mitigation and establishing safety is paramount for Survivors of human trafficking, and law enforcement often supports Survivors as a part of their case planning to begin the road of healing.
Individuals are encouraged to review the GIVE page of our website for ways to tangibly support our work. All financial donations over $10.00 will receive a tax receipt. We have limited opportunities to volunteer due to the confidentiality requirements of our programs, but we encourage skilled applicants to send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our program locations are kept confidential. Survivors can access in person, by phone, online, or through digital service offerings by contacting us. We do not permit public tours to protect the safety of those we support.
Yes, we do, from leadership to frontline positions. However, we support our staff to develop professional skills and goals, and have equitable workplace experiences regardless of their backgrounds. We do not require staff to identify, to represent their experiences publicly, and we protect their confidentiality and right to work without the requirement of personal disclosure. We also ensure programs are overseen by lived experience advisory committees that are compensated for their time, and we follow ethical storytelling protocols in elevating Survivor voice while preventing advocacy exploitation.
We support Survivors from all backgrounds and expressions, including all protected human rights; age, family status, diverse abilities (mental and cognitive), religion, ancestry, gender expression, physical disability, sex, color, gender identity, place of origin, sexual orientation, criminal conviction, marital status, political belief, source of income, and race. In particular, we follow diversity/equity/inclusion policies, conduct and require ongoing staff training, and ensure diverse representation on our teams, including female led leadership, BIPOC+ & LGBTQ2SAI+ identifying staff and volunteers.
Inuit, Metis, and Indigenous Survivors are supported through a de-colonizing praxis in all Illuminate programs. We do this through utilization of Indigenous healing models (such as the Circle of Courage) in case planning, collaborative programming from Indigenous led organizations as an alternative to our offerings, while still retaining their place and stay in our programs. We support Indigenous led solutions, uphold Truth and Reconciliation calls to action, and partner as a secondary partner for Indigenous led projects Canada wide. Due to keeping our confidential spaces safe, we do not disclose the unceded territories our programs are located on publicly, but all our program locations have signage identifying the territories we are privileged to live & work on.
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