HART (Human Anti-trafficking Response Team) is an not-for-profit organization founded in 2017 by philanthropist Kelly Grier-Nadal. Along with board members Tamara Bahry, Debbie McGrath and Carol Wildgoose, HART has focused on raising awareness of sex trafficking in Canada and supporting the victims who survive it.
In November 2020, HART was proud to partner with Women’s College Hospital to develop Canada’s first comprehensive programs to deal with sex trafficking and the related physical and mental health needs of survivors. In addition to providing care and counselling within WCH, the HART- funded research initiative will gather and analyze data with a goal of developing targeted healthcare responses, leveraging expertise alongside other institutions and service provider partners, as well as the knowledge required to effectively advocate for more stringent laws and informed government policies in Ontario. The long-term objective is to replicate these initiatives across Canada through similar partnerships. WCH has a proven history of transforming the healthcare system by developing, testing, and scaling up innovative models of care guided by ground-breaking research. At the core of their mission is their commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of women, racialized groups and unserved populations.
HART also supports Victim Services York Region, an agency operating in partnership with York Region Police and other survivor-focussed service agencies.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
HART is dedicated to supporting the physical and mental well-being of all sex trafficking survivors by raising awareness of the issue, contributing to survivor’s recovery, and developing targeted, fact-based initiatives to address this crisis systemically.
To provide financial support to partner agencies to help end sex trafficking in the Greater Toronto Area, and enable survivors to live the violence free, fulfilling life they deserve.