VANCOUVER, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is supporting at-risk individuals
and ensuring those in vulnerable situations have access to the help they need to lead safe and healthy lives. Today, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced that over $2
The Transitions Project aims to support individuals overcome barriers in exiting the sex trade by creating individualized services ensuring dignity and self-determination an environment of respect.
The WISH Drop-In Centre Society is one of four local community organizations that form The Metro Vancouver Consortium to assist in the delivery of services for the Transitions Project. The other partners include Aboriginal Front Door Society, Health Initiative for Men, and PACE Society. Former Consortium member, Battered Women's Support Services, also delivers the Transitions Project at their location. This five-year project, which began in 2016, will reach up to 325 individuals aged 19-50.
"Our government is committed to evidence-based criminal justice policies that are proven to prevent crime and victimization, and keep communities and people safe. We are proud to support community-led programming that stops crime before it starts through the empowerment of at-risk individuals to make positive and healthy decisions- giving them access to support and opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have. The Government of Canada is pleased to support this project as it is making a meaningful difference."
– The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
"The Transitions project provides a much-anticipated opportunity to bring together the considerable, combined experience of Aboriginal Front Door Society, Health Initiative for Men, PACE Society, and WISH Drop-In Centre Society. As The Metro Vancouver Consortium, we are grateful to Public Safety Canada and the City of Vancouver for funding that allows us to draw upon our collective expertise and best-practices in order to focus solely on providing innovative, wrap-around supports to sex workers throughout Metro Vancouver."
-Mebrat Beyene, Executive Director, WISH
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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