Longueuil (Quebec) – January 23, 2019 – The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the most vulnerable, and making opportunities available to those in need. Today, Sherry Romanado, Member of Parliament for Longueuil – Charles-LeMoyne, announced $852,102 in federal funding to the City of Longueuil to deliver essential services to young women and men looking to exit the sex trade.
The project Equipe intégrée d’intervention et de soutien aux victimes aux prises dans le milieu de la prostitution will help victims overcome barriers to exiting the sex trade with the support of a designated team consisting of a project coordinator and a police officer. The team will help identify victims and ensure their recovery through regular programming and counseling delivered in an environment of respect. The integrated team will also develop strategies to encourage those involved in the sex trade community to report incidences of violence.
The project, which began its work in 2018, is expected to reach up to 375 at-risk women and men in the community of Longueuil over five years.
“Our government is committed to helping those who are the most vulnerable and empowering those in the community best-placed to help. This funding helps address the barriers associated with exiting the sex trade through outreach, mentoring, counselling, education and skills development, and employment readiness. I’m confident this program will make a meaningful and positive difference, both to individuals impacted, and to the community of Longueuil.” Sherry Romanado, Member of Parliament for Longueuil – Charles-LeMoyne
“As a larger city, Longueuil has to deal with complex challenges. It is through combining the efforts and expertise of all stakeholders that we will take coordinated actions that will help and support victims of sexual exploitation. Creating the Équipe intégrée d’intervention et de soutien aux victimes aux prises dans le milieu de la prostitution [Integrated Response and Victims of Prostitution Support Team] in Longueuil is an innovative approach that will enhance the services deployed in our metropolitan area. I would like to thank the government for its support and trust, as well as all the partners involved in this project. Let’s act together to make a difference.” Sylvie Parent, Mayor of the City of Longueuil
Faits en bref
- This project was funded under the Crime Prevention Action Fund (CPAF), which supports evidence-based projects that explore ways to minimize known risk factors associated with crime among vulnerable groups of the population.
- From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the Government of Canada is supporting 59 CPAF projects across Canada.
- Up to $35.4 million has been committed in 2018-2019 to support CPAF in the implementation and evaluation of crime prevention programs.