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Letter to Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice


Hold government accountable to enact new law against sex exploitation.

 

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Sign and date the letter below to urge Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton to call all the municipalities to implement and enforce the new legislation.  Let's hold sex buyers and others who benefit from sex exploitation accountable.

 

 

Honourable Suzanne Anton, MLA

Minister of Justice

Room 22

Parliament Buildings

Victoria, BC V8V 1X4


Dear Minister Anton:


On December 6, 2014, the government of Canada enacted the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (known as Bill C-36), which holds the buyers of sex accountable, as well as any third party who benefits from commercial sexual exploitation. With this legislation, Canada joined a third party who benefits from commercial sexual exploitation. With this legislation, Canada joined a number of countries that have already enacted similar legislation (Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Ireland) and a growing number of other countries currently deliberating demand-focused legislation that will make the buying of sexual services illegal: France, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Israel.


Some Canadian provinces and municipalities have stepped forward, using the powers and resources under their jurisdiction to put an end to sex trafficking in Canada. On January 21, 2015, Hamilton police laid charges under this new prostitution law. (Hamilton News, Hamilton, Ontario; January 21,2-15; Shioina Thompson, Hamilton Police Law Charges under New Prostitution Law)


Unfortunately, some other jurisdiction and organizations, including the Vancouver Police Department, the Victoria Police Department, Georgia Straight, and some libraries, have voiced their non-compliance with this new law (Globe and Mail, Vancouver, BC, December 5, 2014, Wanyee Li, Vancouver Police to Prioritize Safety Over Anti-Prostitution Laws; Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC, November 26, 2014, Carlito Pablo, Canada’s New Prostitution Law Won’t Change Policing Priorities in Vancouver; The Province, Victoria, BC, December 9, 2014, Sarah Pretrescu, New federal prostitution law have Victoria sex trade workers on edge).


We urge you, as Attorney General of BC in charge of the Criminal Justice Branch, to assure the citizens of BC that this law will be implemented and enforced in our province. It is only when all levels of government at the federal, provincial and municipal levels collaborate and work together that the lives of hundreds of women, youth and children will receive the protection that they deserve. We count on you to continue the efforts of many in Canada to strengthen our comprehensive strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada.


Sincerely,

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Women Rising Bursary


REED is excited to announce a new scholarship for Aboriginal women who have a history of sexual exploitation to increase their education.  The purpose is to assist Aboriginal women to escape the cycle of abuse by furthering their employment possibilities.  The scholarship will be awarded annually to any qualifying Aboriginal woman who needs assistance with books, supplies, tuition, transportation, etc. to attend a course or workshop to advance her learning.  If you think you or someone you know might qualify, please email info@embracedignity.org or call at 604.753.9929.



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Intl Women's Day Fundraiser for REED on March 6


 


In celebration of International Women’s Day
 
A REED Fundraiser
 
Raising Hope: Exposing Exploitation and Lifting Up Women in Our Community
 
On International Women’s Day, REED is hosting a unique and inspiring fundraiser to celebrate women in the most powerful way we know!

Come on Friday, March 
6th for an evening of music, appetizers and inspiration. Be empowered by several social justice experts in our community as they shed light on the realities of exploitation, and the real ways each of us can make a positive impact.
 
 
6:30pm: Music and appetizers
7:30pm: Conversation between Cleta Brown, Michael Markwick, and Michelle Miller
8:00pm: How you can make a difference
 
More mingling and music to follow.

Tickets available on Eventbrite: https://REEDRaisingHope.eventbrite.com
 

This event is a fundraiser for REED, a Vancouver-based organization that advocates on behalf of exploited women and raises hope for women who need it most. Learn more at embracedignity.org
 
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About the experts:
 
Cleta Brown: Cleta Brown’s long career in public service includes having worked in the Office of the Ombudsman of British Columbia, as Crown Counsel in the provincial courts and Alternate Chairperson of the BC Review Board. A long-time activist for women’s equality and human rights, Brown was a 2014 City Councillor Candidate for the Green Party, First Vice President of the University Women’s Club and sits on the Board of the Kidney Foundation of BC. Cleta is the daughter of the late Rosemary Brown, who made history by becoming the first black Canadian woman elected to a provincial legislature in 1972.
 
Dr. Michael Markwick: A teacher and renowned social analyst, Dr. Markwick’s reputation as human rights expert has been solidified through the work he’s done with the Ontario Human Rights Commission as well as the many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal governments, non-profit organizations and countless businesses he’s worked with and for. A male feminist, Dr. Markwick calls for a paradigm shift around the male demand for paid sex, and has become a powerful male voice for social change. His research into the impact of the war on terror on democratic communication earned him a doctorate "with distinction" from Simon Fraser University. View his Ted Talk here: http://bit.ly/18lMKOD
 
 
Dr. Michelle Miller: Since founding REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity) in 2005, Dr. Miller has been advocating for exploited and prostituted women across Canada for more than a decade. She’s pioneered advocacy work that includes the Buying Sex is Not a Sport campaign that gained international attention during the Olympics in 2010 and Intelligent Love, a public education program that exposes the realities of exploitation and works to shift the paradigms that keep women oppressed in Canada. Learn more about REED at embracedignity.org.
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