Member of Parliament Joy Smith
Member of Parliament Joy Smith has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading anti-trafficking activists. Her Private Member’s Motion M-153 received unanimous support in the House of Commons and called on Parliament to condemn the trafficking of women and children across international borders and to immediately adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat the trafficking of persons worldwide. In 2009, Mrs. Smith introduced legislation which amended Canada’s Criminal Code to create a new offence for child trafficking. In September 2010, Mrs. Smith released a proposal for a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking called Connecting the Dots. On October 3, 2011, MP Joy Smith introduced Bill C-310 to amend the Criminal Code to add trafficking in persons to the list of offences which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada, and to enhance the definition of exploitation in the trafficking in persons offence.
Brian McConaghy, Founding Director of Ratanak International, was a Forensic Scientist with the RCMP for 22 years. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he is well accustomed to violence. During the 1990s, Ratanak International provided medical, agricultural and emergency services to Cambodian communities engulfed in the post-genocide civil war. Through his work in the RCMP, Brian has been involved in many international pedophile investigations and has expanded the work of Ratanak to include extensive anti human trafficking programs and the rescue and rehabilitation of children sold into sex slavery. Brian is a commentator on the issues of human trafficking in the media within both the law enforcement and Christian communities. He was the recipient of the Canadian 2010 “International Freedom Award” for the prevention of human trafficking.
Jamie McIntosh is an ordained minister and the founder and Executive Director of International Justice Mission (IJM) Canada, and he recently completed a Master’s program in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. His responsibilities have taken him to Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia to gather documentary footage on torture, police misconduct and violent property grabbing, and to collaborate with officials on countermeasures to human trafficking and child sex tourism. He has provided assistance in securing the release of families from bonded slavery and participated in investigative operations leading to the rescue of forced child prostitutes. He is a founding member of the Canadian Police Chiefs International Service Agency. For the past several years he has served as a guest lecturer for the Ontario Police College’s “Investigating Offenses Against Children” course. Jamie and the work of IJM have been featured on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, Global, CTV, CityTV, Canada.com and more.
Ms. Timea Eva Nagy was born in Budapest, Hungary. Over 12 years ago, Ms. Nagy was trafficked to Canada and forced into the sex trade in Toronto. Today, Ms. Nagy is a speaker and social advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims worldwide. Ms. Nagy has also founded Walk With Me, a Canadian organization to rescue and restore the dignity, freedom and well-being of human trafficked victims. Within the last year alone, her organization has assisted the RCMP, OPP, York Regional Police, Toronto Police, Ottawa Police and Vancouver Police, working with their Drug, Vice, and Sex Crimes Units. Ms. Nagy is the author of Memoirs of a Sex Slave Survivor, the story of her journey into the underbelly of the sex slavery trade and the personal healing and forgiveness that followed.
Don joined the leadership team of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) in 2006. The EFC is the national association of evangelical Christians in Canada. Based in Ottawa, Don is responsible for monitoring, researching and responding to patterns and developments in the law (both government and the courts) concerning freedom of religion and communicating Biblical principles on life’s issues, particularly the sanctity of human life; caring for the vulnerable; and matters of family integrity. A regular contributor to Faith Today magazine and the ActivateCFPL blog, Don has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and Parliamentary committees in addition to being interviewed/featured by print, radio and television media. A graduate of Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia Law School, Don has been married to Gloria for 29 years. Don and Gloria have one daughter and one grandson.
Julia Beazley has been with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) since 1999. She works as a Policy Analyst at the Centre for Faith and Public Life in Ottawa, researching, writing and speaking about issues related to domestic and global poverty, homelessness, human trafficking and prostitution. She also serves as the Chair of Advocacy for StreetLevel: The National Roundtable on Poverty & Homelessness. She brings with her more than ten years’ experience working with homeless and street-involved youth and adults, and a deep understanding of and concern for those who live on the margins of our society. She is the proud mom of a wonderful little boy, who keeps her very busy. Julia lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. Julia graduated from Queen’s University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Biology and Psychology.
Stan Burditt is the founder of MAST – Men Against Sexual Trafficking. He is also treasurer of the London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee and is a realtor in London, Ontario. The key mandate of MAST is to raise awareness about the heinous crime of sex trafficking and to reduce the demand side of the sex trade. MAST was inspired by the obvious under-representation of men at human trafficking awareness events. Since sexual trafficking is a men’s issue, Stan extends a personal challenge to men and youth everywhere to join together to show respect for women, educate themselves about the problem and to fight against the demand side of sex trafficking and the exploitation of those who are vulnerable and not involved by choice.
Shae Invidiata moved to the United States at 18 to pursue a degree in Advertising at Hawaii Pacific University, where her journey began in her fight against human trafficking. In January 2010, Shae officially founded [free-them], a Canadian organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to abolish human trafficking in Canada and abroad. [free-them] partners with people, organizations, & businesses to fight human trafficking. Shae regularly speaks at different high schools, professional groups and events to educate and bring awareness to the fight against human trafficking. Shae, with [free-them], is one of the founding Coalition members to form the first Ontario Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. Shae and [free-them] have appeared on and been interviewed by many different media sources, including The Toronto Star, Much Music, CTV, CP24 News, The Morning Live Show CHCH News, The Daily Show Rogers TV, and Metro News. Most recently Shae has been nominated by Canadian Women’s Fashion Magazine Chatelaine as a Top 20 Finalist for “Canada’s Women of the Year 2011″ for her work and dedication to fight human trafficking.
Jasmine is a survivor of human trafficking and currently a Public Advocate for Sextrade101. Jasmine had a wonderful family who taught her strong morals and values. She studied at one of Canada’s top universities. She was a mother’s last worry… until she entered the sex trade industry. She met a charming, well-dressed and very well-spoken pimp. What Jasmine thought was a “dream” took a sharp turn into her worst nightmare. She is now a devoted Christian and a wife to a wonderful man and a proud stay at home mother of two beautiful girls. She plans on bringing up a large family and advocating against the sex trade and pimps. She is not ashamed of her past and uses her testimony for the good of others and help young women get out of the business and break free from their traffickers.