NORAHT: Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking

The Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking takes a critical anti-trafficking approach in its investigation and analysis of gaps and barriers to service provision for women experiencing violence, exploitation or abuse in the sex trade in our region.

We have conducted participatory action research using Indigenous, decolonial, and feminist methodologies with over 160 service providers and persons with lived experience (sex workers, trafficking survivors, and family members).

Our findings and recommendations

For Service Providers:

  • Respect for the agency and self-determination of individuals seeking support, regardless of how they identify their experience
  • Clear distinction between sex work and human trafficking
  • Avoidance of “rescue” narratives and colonizing or paternalistic attitudes
  • Harm reduction and safer spaces
  • Trauma and violence informed approaches
  • Indigenous knowledges and approaches, including decolonial trauma-informed
  • Paid inclusion of experiential persons in the design, delivery and evaluation of programs
  • Service provider collaboration for wrap-around, comprehensive supports


At the Policy Level

  • Core, sustainable funding for anti-violence supports for all persons in the sex trade, not just those who fit the human trafficking checklist
  • Increased funding for transitional housing and safer, affordable long-term housing in northeastern Ontario
  • Implementation of the Calls to Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Decriminalization of sex work


NORAHT is starting to wrap up its multi-year participatory action research project.  Please see our toolkits, policy briefs, webinars, research reports and academic papers under “Our Publications.”

For further information, please contact or visit our Facebook page.