Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it

Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it Often times when we think of human trafficking, our thoughts go straight to what we see in the movies: twenty-something women huddled in a dark house, forced into violent forms of sexual exploitation. That is part of the unfortunate truth, but human trafficking is much more […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Year Later

On April 14 2014, the world looked on outraged and heartbroken as we heard that more than 200 young girls were kidnapped by extremists in Nigeria. Out of these girls, less than fifty have managed to escape. I shudder to think of what has happened to the rest of them. Today, we have reached the […]

Pink Shirt Day

February 25th was Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day brings awareness to the important fight against bullying in this country. The many pink shirts worn on this day remind all of us that we must remain intolerant to bullying. As parliamentarians, we have a duty to ensure that everyone can feel safe. But bullying is […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36 – Part 4

Over the past few blog posts, (part 1, part 2, part 3) I have outlined some of my opinions on bill C-36. In this final post on the matter (for now) I would like to look at the issue from a new angle: let us look forward. What does it mean for Canada now that […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36 – Part 3

I decided to write a series of blog posts on Bill C-36 even though it has passed because I believe that the discourse around this piece of legislation needs to continue. Bill C-36 brought with it a heated debate, with strong opinions and strong emotions. Instead of abruptly ending that dialogue, I want us to […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36 – Part 2

In my last blog post, I summarized what happened with Bill C-36. In this post, I would like to explain to you why I took the position I did on the bill. As critic in the Senate of Bill C-36, I found aspects of the bill concerning. Now that it has passed, we must continue […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36

Over the summer, I spent a lot of time speaking with sex workers in my home province of BC. This was in anticipation of Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. As a result, I heard many stories over the past months, and was moved by a number of them. I thank […]

Bangladesh’s Garment Workers: The Story of Shapla

Part Two of Senator Jaffer’s Blog Series on Bangladesh’s Garment Workers. (Part One:  Bangladesh’s Garment Workers: Safety is Paramount) Regardless of the curveballs that get thrown at us on a daily basis, there is a consistency in going to and from work. On April 24, 2013, 18-year-old Shapla went to work in Bangladesh the same way […]

One Family Torn Apart is one too many: World Refugee Day 2014

50 million people worldwide are either refugees or internally displaced, this is an overwhelming number. All refugees have lost their country, but each of us has a different story. Some of us are extremely lucky and have found a new home here in Canada, however many are still suffering. This past Friday June 20th, I attended […]

Bangladesh’s Garment Workers: Safety is Paramount

On April 24th 2013, The Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, leaving approximately 1,133 workers dead and injuring 2,500 more. As the pinnacle of a series of deadly accidents in Bangladesh’s garment industry, this incident received international attention. Since last year, some preventative measures have been taken to ensure worker safety. However, there is still […]