Our Work

Working Together to Save Lives

We are Canada’s leading authority on the prevention and intervention of human trafficking and also provide support for survivors of this horrific crime. It’s a responsibility we take seriously. Over the years, the Joy Smith Foundation has helped over 6000 human trafficking survivors and their families restore their lives by reuniting, healing and integrating back into their communities. 

There is hope! Survivors can heal. Families can be reunited. Justice can be served.

Our Pillars


Our mandate to prevent victimization from human trafficking is part of our increased focus on education. Through educating at-risk populations and broadly sharing the signs to watch for, people will learn who might be vulnerable and how to effectively intervene. 

An extensive library of downloadable literature, videos and webinars as well as in-person workshops are available for free and a fee to teachers, parents, front-line responders and all Canadians ready to play a vital role in the prevention and intervention of human trafficking.


The National Human Trafficking Education Centre will encourage inter-agency collaboration across Canada and North America. Sharing resources and information will magnify our collective efforts to make a greater impact and achieve lasting – and widespread – change. 

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Throughout Canada many organizations and agencies are ready to provide help to survivors and their families. However, for many traumatized survivors finding the right support can be a daunting task. We are here to guide individuals and families as they navigate the larger systems and connect with the appropriate help as they find healing and justice.

I heard about human trafficking but never thought it would happen in my town. Right across from the street where I live, a guy broke into a house and raped a young girl and took her away. I didn’t know what to do but I had heard a presentation by the Joy Smith Foundation about human trafficking and how they work. I had a hunch so I contacted the Foundation. It turned out that a young girl had fled to our small town to live with friends to get away from a trafficker. The trafficker who found her and took her was a traffic victim from the US. I am grateful to the Foundation for its work. It helps us all.
-- Constable in a rural town