Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking

Our activities on this issue include:

  • Convening a Provincial Partnership for Action – The Trafficking and Exploitation Services System is a Provincial Partnership that includes 170+ professionals from 40+ agencies across Nova Scotia. This partnership makes up a vast Community of Practice which is action-oriented, meets regularly and is culturally competent and survivor-informed. 
  • Community Awareness and Mobilization – YWCA Halifax offers a menu of training for front line service providers on the issue of exploitation and trafficking, as well as private and public information sessions for stakeholders and the public at large
  • Research and Knowledge Dissemination – We conduct research on the issue through a variety of consultations, interviews and surveys with service providers and first voice.   


YWCA Halifax is proud to partner with Scotiabank to provide career pathways for people who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking. What we heard from survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking: we have wisdom and heart. What we heard from Scotiabank: we want to find ways forward together. What the YWCA is doing: creating career pathways.

For more information and to recognize the warning signs of human trafficking, please visit YWCA-led program Trafficking and Exploitation Services System (TESS):

ScotiaRISE is Scotiabank’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to promote economic resilience among disadvantaged groups. Through ScotiaRISE, Scotiabank is supporting programs and partnering with organizations across its footprint that provide the tools people need to improve their education and employment prospects, adapt to changing circumstances, and increase the likelihood of financial success.

Scotiabank is proud to partner with the YWCA Halifax to support their ReLaunch Program. Through ScotiaRISE, we support survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking to remove barriers to workforce participation and career advancement in order to bolster employment prospects, life opportunities, and enable full participation in the economy.

For more information on the ScotiaRISE program, please visit: