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2017

Women of Peace Award

We received this award November 4th, 2017 for our work on non-State torture and human trafficking from Women's PeacePower Foundation.

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Submission to UN Office of High Commission for Human Rights (UN OHCHR)

October 11, 2017 submission requests that women and girls who have suffered NST in the domestic/private sphere are a specific vulnerable group whose physical and mental health has been consequently grievously harmed must be included in the report by the UN OHCHR

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Status of Women Canada

June 28, 2017, our letter following the meeting with Minister Maryam Monsef to provide further information on the necessity to name Non-State Torture in the Government's Strategy to Address Gender Based Violence.

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September 23, 2017, a follow-up letter to Minister Monsef asking about her decision to name NST in the Goverment's Strategy and to identify Canada's accountability to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that impact on gender based violence.

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July 10, 2016, our Truth-Telling submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its Study on Violence against Young Women and Girls in Canada.

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Prime Minister of Canada

July 31, 2017 letter we wrote Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada to ask him as Minister for Youth about his role upholding the human rights that no one should be subjected to non-State torture.

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Journal Article Response

July 30, 2017 Jeanne's response Non-State Torture: a Response to Ibrahim Kira's "Critical Outlook at Torture" ... in The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict  & Violence journal. She highlights the subjective sexualized pleasures of torturers.

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Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Passes NST Resolution

In June 2017, as nurses, we attended the CNA Meeting and successfully lobbied to have Resolution 2 on the Development of a Position Statement on the Human Rights Violation of Non-State Torture (page 3) adopted by a unanimous vote.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs

June 7, 2017 letter to Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada speaking about a "feminist assistance policy" and gender equality rights.

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New Book

We are proud to announce that our work is included in a new bookWomen, Law and Culture Conformity Contradiction and Conflictedited by Jocelynne Scutt. Our chapter is entitled, Seeking Equality - Justice and Women's and Girls' Human Right Not to Be Subjected to Non-State Torture

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UN Panel Presentation

In March, we appeared on a panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, 61st Session. Our presentation: A Canadian Experience: Discrimination in law on non-State torture negates human right equality, social justice & inclusion of victimized women & girls.

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Journal Article

Jeanne's work is published in the Journal of Human Trafficking, "Review of Human Trafficking: Contexts and Connections to Conventional Crime".  Edited by Joan A. Reid. Oxon, UK, and New York, NY: Routledge, 2016. 150 pages. ISBN: 978-1-138-65285-9, $155.00 (hardcover) Jeanne Sarson pages 1-3 Published online: 10 February 2017.

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trafficking-conf-2017.jpgSimon Häggström, Swedish Police, speaking in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada to police and community support persons about sexualized human trafficking, prostitution and the implementation of the Nordic Model in Sweden.

canadiannursesNST2017.jpgA resolution on Non-State Torture is adopted at the Annual meeting of the Canadian Nurses Association, June 2017. 

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Linda MacDonald, MP Maryam Monsef and Jeanne Sarson following the June 28, 2017 meeting.
 

#EndDemand Visual Graphic

The visual graphic was created over a 2 day Training Forum at the Tri-County Women's Centre, Yarmouth NS, Canada called Sexualized Human Trafficking & Exploitation - Collaborating to END Demand. Our presentation was titled "Non-State Torture (NST) Organized Family Operators."Tricountyvisual.JPG

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Past Work

Bill C-242 

Criminalizing Non-State Torture in Canada

Our Letter to MP Bill Casey about Bill C-242.

Update: Bill C-242 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture)

Correcting Misinformation given by Depart. of Justice and Criminal Lawyers' Assoc. to Standing Committee

Testimony (text) by Linda and Jeanne regarding Bill C-242 to the Standing Committee of Justice and Human Rights (1220 mins)

Video Testimony

A Brief in Support of Bill C-242 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Inflicting Torture)

Letters to Ministers of Justice, Canada

2015 Brief delivered to the Minister of Justice by MP Bill Casey

Thirty-seven years of herstorical evidence that the Canadian Government has known of non-State torture and requesting NST to be criminalized in the Criminal Code of Canada.

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Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson Raybould's response to this letter.

Response

2014 letter to Minister of Justice Peter MacKay regarding Bill C-36 addressing the then proposed new law on prostitution in Canada and the impacts of the Bedford Decision and how this makes the world unsafe for children.

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A person who has been tortured has the right to speak their truth, to be believed, and to seek justice for the torture they suffered.