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Halton school boards to host second anti-sex trafficking info session

HCDSB and HDSB event takes place June 13 at Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary in Milton
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The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB), Halton District School Board (HDSB), SAVIS of Halton and EFRY will host a second joint information session on Thursday, June 13 to continue to raise awareness about sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Halton community.

The session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School, 1120 Main St. E. in Milton.

This additional session is being held in response to overwhelming interest in the joint Anti-Sex Trafficking information session held in February. This second session will be identical in content and offers the opportunity to reach those in the community who were unable to attend the first session.

The event will uncover the realities of sex trafficking and exploitation and provide insight into who is at risk, digital and cyber security considerations, warning signs and how to keep our children and youth safe.

The information session is open to all members of the Halton community, and child minding will be provided at no cost for children aged four and above. Those interested in attending can register online.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from survivors of sex trafficking, and connect with representatives from local organizations SAVIS of Halton and EFRY Hope and Help for Women. This event offers a unique opportunity to learn about the direct effects sex trafficking has on the individual and their community.

“We are committed to equipping our students, educators, and families with the knowledge to identify and address the warning signs of sex trafficking,” said Anthony Cordeiro, superintendent of education overseeing safe schools at the Halton Catholic District School Board. “This additional information session is vital in our ongoing commitment to creating and sustaining safe school communities.”

“Following strong community engagement at our initial session, we are committed to continuing our efforts to combat sex trafficking in our community,” said Jennifer Fowler, superintendent of education with responsibility for safe schools for the Halton District School Board.

“Education and community collaboration remain vital. By coming together once again, we aim to further raise awareness, enhance prevention strategies, and ensure the safety and well-being of our students and community members.”