Event Date: September 18, 2012 - 12:00 pm Location: Pavillon des sciences sociales, 120, rue Unievrsité, salle 4004
JOY SMITH, Member of Parliament, Conservative Party.
Presented by CIPS.
Free. In English. Registration is not required.
Member of Parliament Joy Smith has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading anti-trafficking activists. Her Private Member’s Motion M-153 received unanimous support in the House of Commons and called on Parliament to condemn the trafficking of women and children across international borders and to immediately adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat the trafficking of persons worldwide. In 2009, Mrs. Smith introduced legislation which amended Canada’s Criminal Code to create a new offence for child trafficking. In 2010, Mrs. Smith released a proposal for a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking called Connecting the Dots, which served as the template for the Government of Canada’s action plan announced in June 2012. On June 28th 2012, MP Joy Smith’s most recent legislation, Bill C-310, received Royal Assent and amended the Criminal Code to add trafficking in persons to the list of offences which, if committed outside Canada by a Canadian or permanent resident, could be prosecuted in Canada, and to enhance the definition of exploitation in the trafficking in persons offence. Mrs. Smith continues to work toward the abolition of “modern day slavery” by her work in Parliament and through collaborating with law enforcement as well as victim care organizations.