Survivor Leadership

When it comes to finding solutions to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation, the survivor’s voice is vital in establishing effective and comprehensive strategies that advance prosecution, protection, and prevention efforts. Survivors are uniquely equipped to help develop policies, advocate, engage with the public, or collaborate with governments to improve legislation and programming.  

The Project iRISE Approach

Our program is designed for survivors by survivors with support from community partners. Using a strength-based approach our program provides a comprehensive, trauma-informed one-year training that combines experiential education, socio-emotional learning, leadership development, and upskilling for employment. Throughout the program, survivors will be provided additional opportunities to begin healing, build fellowship, and develop into leaders. 

Program Goals

Some of our program goals include:


Improved Academic Opportunities


Improved Academic Opportunities




Potential Careers Opportunities

Throughout the Project iRISE program, survivors are provided opportunities for professional and personal development, building authentic leadership opportunities and skills development.

Additional Benefits 

All participants have the opportunity to become Respect Certified through our community partner, Respect in the Workplace,  Canada's premier training center for skills to prevent bullying, abuse, and discrimination.

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Our 2021 Cohort Application is Closed