SOCIAL REINTEGRATION PROGRAM
Specifically, we propose ongoing help and support for women who make the decision to leave the sex trade, right up until they obtain complete independence. The program “An Alternative to the Sex Industry” allows for the implementation of a stable life plan for each woman, by aligning appropriate services to their needs, all while offering them the opportunity to acquire necessary skills for their full development.
- Offer an alternative to the sex industry
- Direct participants to social services networks
- Stabilize one's medical, financial, legal and social situation
- Helping them find appropriate housing, a healthy social circle and meaningful employment (see RESEARCH)
- Develop social and workplace skills
Even though we are, first and foremost, freeing these female sex trade victims from their traumatic experiences, our intervention approach is based on individual empowerment (power to act) and learning how to manage personal challenges (acquisition of social skills). This will allow each woman to find her place and value in society. Motivational counselling is favoured in order to assist the participant to find her own solutions.
Reception / Evaluation / Guidance
Determining of needs in order to provide the most appropriate services
Offer a room, meals and other necessities
Providing a supportive community environment that prevents isolation and fosters the will to ask for help
Develop an action plan with regular follow-up
Present training workshops on various topics
Develop the social skills necessary to live in society
up to 1 year, with the possibility of extension
Impact on victims
- A "way out" of their situation
- Reduction of misconduct
- Rediscovering their dignity and value
- A change of lifestyle and way of thinking
- Financial independence
- Social reintegration
- Reconciliation with their life plans
- Crime prevention
- Case-load reduction for Social Services
- Improvement of the continuum of services
- Increasing knowledge and awareness
- These women do not fit in to regular drug rehabilitation centres or in a shelter for victims of domestic violence ;
- Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Alberta are already offering this type of service ;
- The International Center of Compared Criminology (ICCC) states that « it is imperative to put the accent on programs geared to these specific services ».
CONTINUUM OF SERVICES
Although many organizations are committed to the establishment of a continuum of services for victims of sexual exploitation, some of them have been identified as essential resources towards the successful implementation of reintegration services for these young women. First, there are partners who will refer these young women wanting to leave their environment to our organization. Secondly, there are a number of resources that will help our organization provide health, psychological, social and professional services to these young women. Collaboration agreements with the Montréal public and community network are and will further be established.