Stay Awake Campaign | Prevention through Empowerment: Expression Pieces

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Investing in prevention strategies that empower individuals to express themselves in an impactful way is important in anti-human trafficking initiatives.

Self-expression is pivotal in ensuring that newcomer and migrant youth’s experiences are validated and recognized.

The Youth Alliance Against Human Trafficking has partnered with migrant youth to share, educate and empower observers.

Following are some posting expression pieces from different youth voices.

Dennis shares his experience with migrating and living in Canada. He expresses his goals, hopes and dreams.

Sofia shares an artistic piece called The Box of Dreams. The image is of a cartoon character, holding a box that says “The Box of the Dreams – Just pay a little price.” In the box, there are messages like “Work,” “Leave your ID,” “No money,” “Leave your country,” “Don’t Ask Questions,” and “Now you belong to me.” Outside of the box there are stick figures climbing up the box and jumping into it.

Johan shares a reflection on his experience migrating to Canada.

This anonymous youth shares a reflection called Mixed Feelings.

Manuela shares her experience migrating and living in Canada.

Lex shares an artistic piece and some words.

This anonymous youth shares a spoken word called I was just a girl.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be a victim of forced labour or sex please contact the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-833-900-1010.