Stay Awake Campaign 2022

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The Youth Alliance Against Human Trafficking would like to introduce the #StayAwakeCampaign.

This three-week campaign consists of content that raises awareness around the issue of Human Trafficking amongst precarious migrant youth.

The United Nations defines Human Trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people through force, fraud, or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit.

The #StayAwakeCampaign uses an intersectional approach to address the issue of Human Trafficking while considering all aspects of vulnerability and oppression amongst migrant youth.


The campaign takes place over the span of three weeks. The links to the different contents will be added in this page. Stay tuned for more information.

What does it mean to be a Precarious Migrant Youth?

Precarious migrants refer to those that hold some form of uncertain migration status. There is a question of one’s immigration position in the country—and hence the question of one’s rights, entitlements, access to services, responsibilities, that cannot always be determined so easily.

Youth with precarious status often don’t have access to healthcare, safe work, and secure housing. There is this constant fear of being removed from the place that they know as their home. This constant insecurity puts precarious migrant youth at risk of human trafficking.

Why are Precarious Migrant Youth Vulnerable to Human Trafficking?

It is important to mention that anyone can be a target of human trafficking, however precarious migrant youth can be at higher risk.

Precarious migrant youth are at-risk of human trafficking due to the many systemic barriers that they face. They lack access to equitable, safe and secure housing; lack equitable access to primary physical and mental healthcare; and have difficultly accessing education at every level from kindergarten to post-secondary.

In addition to language and identification barriers, they also lack access to accurate and trustworthy information, which makes them vulnerable to scams, misinformation, sex and labour exploitation, and other precarious work conditions.

We hope to equip vulnerable young people with the information they need to make informed decisions and connect individuals with lived experience to inclusive and appropriate resources.