August 22, 2014 – Edmonton, BC – Department of Justice Canada
Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $318,745 in funding for the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta (ACT Alberta) to help the organization continue to provide a variety of services to victims of crime. Minister MacKay was joined by Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre.
Part of the funding will be used by the organization for a pilot project that will support dedicated part-time case coordinators in both Edmonton and Calgary. Staff will coordinate services for victims of human trafficking and will collect and analyze data and processes. This project will also inform the development of training materials and community-based protocols on how to best assist victims of human trafficking.
ACT Alberta has also received a Time-Limited Operational Funding grant available through the Department of Justice Canada's Victims Fund. The grant is intended to help non-government victim-serving organizations by covering operating expenses such as staff payroll, office space rental, and limited capital expenditures.
This funding announcement aligns with the Government's Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, one of four priorities identified by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in January 2013. It also responds to the Government's Speech from the Throne 2013 commitment to introduce measures that will increase support for victims of crime.
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