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Thursday, June 10 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Role of the Rural Library in the Prevention and Intervention of Youth Sexual Exploitation

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The sexual exploitation and human trafficking of youth is a pervasive issue across Nova Scotia, and is on the rise in rural areas.  Opportunities for prevention and intervention in locations where youth gather are crucial for the disruption and interruption of this problem.  The rural library often serves as a gathering space for youth, particularly in the absence of other community centres or youth-based programs in the area. 
 
YWCA Halifax is currently engaged with libraries across the province in peer-based outreach initiatives which seek to prevent and intervene in the sexual exploitation of youth.  Additionally, YWCA Halifax convenes a provincial partnership in the effort to leverage regional resources and create a community of practice around the issue. 
 
This presentation will: give attendees an overview of the context of youth sexual exploitation in Nova Scotia; provide them with tools to assist in the identification and response to youth sexual exploitation; and discuss opportunities for rural libraries to play a role in the prevention of this issue.

Speakers
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Charlene Gagnon

Manager of Advocacy, Research and New Initiatives, YWCA Halifax
Charlene Gagnon works on a number of systems level initiatives and partnerships for YWCA Halifax in the areas of youth sexual exploitation and women’s housing & homelessness.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology from MSVU, and has over a decade of experience... Read More →
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Thunder Shanti Narooz van Egteren (she/her)

Trafficking and Exploitation Services System Coordinator, YWCA Halifax
Thunder Shanti Narooz van Egteren coordinates the Trafficking and Exploitation Services System (TESS) project at YWCA Halifax.  She has a background in Gender Studies and Non-Profit Management and has spent the past decade working in BC, Alberta, and Nova Scotia with marginalized... Read More →

Moderators
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Angela Reynolds

Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library
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Thursday June 10, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am ADT
Stream: McIntosh