HART Foundation pledges $1 Million for new initiative at WCH to support those affected by sex traffi

2020-11-24 1:14:55 PM

Women’s College Hospital Foundation is proud to announce a $1 million gift from HART Foundation to launch a new research and support initiative for those affected by sex trafficking.

Toronto, ON November 23, 2020 – Women’s College Hospital Foundation is proud to announce a $1 million gift from HART Foundation to launch a new research and support initiative for those affected by sex trafficking.

Until now, academic research coupled with coordinated hospital care that addressed the unique needs of trafficked women and girls did not exist. With the groundbreaking support of HART (Human Anti-trafficking Response Team) Foundation, Women’s College Hospital is establishing a vital new initiative that will ensure survivors of economic and sexual exploitation and abuse can access the safe, trauma informed care they need and deserve. The generous gift from HART Foundation will support pioneering research that is overseen by prominent gender-based violence sector leaders, Dr. Janice Du Mont and Robin Mason, PhD.
“HART has chosen to partner with Women’s in our mission to end sex trafficking because of
the hospital’s unique capability to conduct the research needed to support victims, its excellence in research on gender-based violence, proven ability to adopt and teach innovative methods of wrap-around support in healthcare, and a powerful history of support for women’s health issues. Our confidence was further reinforced by the model for domestic and sexual assault clinics for hospitals across Ontario, developed by Women’s,” says Kelly Grier-Nadal, HART Founder of HART Foundation.
Women’s College Hospital is a leader in women’s health and research and for over 135 years has been at the forefront of advocating for equity for marginalized and underserved populations. In 1984, Women’s College Hospital founded its Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC), the first of its kind within a hospital setting and founded in response to the lack of care standards for victims of sexual assault. Today, the SA/DVCC is the central hub for all 35 sexual assault and domestic violence care centres across the province.

“We are deeply grateful to HART Foundation for bravely supporting people affected by sex trafficking, and for their leadership on an important issue that for too long has been kept in the shadows of our society,” says Jennifer Bernard, President & CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation.  “We look forward to partnering together to give every woman every opportunity for the compassionate, safe care they deserve.”

About HART

HART (Human Anti-trafficking Response Team) is a project founded in 2017 by philanthropist Kelly Grier-Nadal. Passionately committed to help support survivors of sex trafficking, Tamara Bahry, Debbie McGrath and Carol Wildgoose have joined Kelly to not only bring awareness to the issue of sex trafficking and the urgent need for specialized crisis housing, but to take action to make a safe home a reality. HART works with, and supports Victim Services York Region, an agency operating in partnership with York Region Police.

About Women’s College Hospital

For more than 100 years Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare. Today, WCH is a world leader in the health of women and Canada’s leading academic, ambulatory hospital. A champion of equitable access, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care they receive. It is also focused on delivering innovative solutions that address Canada’s most pressing issues related to population health, patient experience and system costs.

About Women’s College Hospital Foundation

Women’s College Hospital Foundation (WCHF) is dedicated to supporting Women’s College Hospital as it revolutionizes healthcare for women. Working together with community members, patients, family members, staff, physicians and volunteers, WCHF raises, manages and invests funds to support the hospital’s current and future priority needs.

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