UCM is privileged to welcome Loly Rico, powerful speaker and recognized expert on the issue of Human Trafficking.
Her presentation provides a general overview on the issue of human trafficking in Canada while focusing in greater detail on victim/survivor support and resources through a lens of coordinated community response.
The presentation provides access to crucial training materials and educational resources about trafficking. It also will help you to identify and provide better service to trafficked persons and increase access to legal education on important legislative, policy, and legal issues.
Tickets are by donation at the door, pay what and if you can. Proceeds split between FCJ centre and Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga.
If this issue has touched your life or you are concerned about it at all, you will not want to miss this. For more information contact Debbi Callander of the Social Justice Committee of UCM at firstname.lastname@example.org
Loly Rico’s Biography
Loly Rico is the Co-Director of the FCJ Refugee Centre, with over 26 years’ experience welcoming and walking with up-rooted people. Head of the settlement services programme, with expertise in setting up a safe environment for vulnerable populations
Loly Rico is the past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR). Loly Rico’s efforts were recognized with the Trever Bartaun award and the Award of Excellence for her dedication and compassion in working with victims of human trafficking.
As a co-director of FCJ Refugee Centre, she received a plaque of recognition from the Salvadorean Canadian Association of Toronto (ASALCA) for her relentless work for refugee rights in Canada.
She also has been supporting various organizations and committees at the Municipal, Provincial and National levels with expertise in Immigration, Settlement and Gender Issues. She is the past- president of the Board of Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, member and past chair of Anti-Human Trafficking sub-committee at the CCR.
As part of the Canadian Senate’s 150th anniversary on 2017, Loly received a medal in recognition for her work with the community. She also is the 2017 recipient of “The Spirit of Barbra Shlifer Award”. Another acknowledgements received by Loly include the “Icons of Empowerment Award” at the third annual Fashions for Passions Gala for her work in the anti-human trafficking field. She has also received the Constance E. Hamilton Award by the City of Toronto in 2004 for advocating for women’s rights and social justice. She shared the YMCA Peace Medallion Award with her husband, Francisco Rico Martinez in 2006.
Loly Rico She has been immersed in community work and has many years of experience working with newcomers in Canada supporting their integration into Canadian society with dignity. In recent years, she has worked closely with other service providers in the city of Toronto to develop a response model to combat human trafficking and to provide holistic services for trafficked persons.