Bill C-268 passed, enshrining mandatory minimum sentencing for traffickers of children 18 years and younger in Canada’s Criminal Code.
Joy developed Canada’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking so that law enforcement and social agencies work toward better enforcement of the new laws.
Bill C-310 passed, with unanimous consent, to reach the long arm of Canadian law into other countries where Canadian citizens or permanent residents traffic or exploit others abroad. Joy makes history as the first sitting MP to amend the Criminal Code twice to better protect victims of human trafficking.
Joy travelled from coast to coast filming an educational documentary to tell Canada’s authentic story of human trafficking. "Human Trafficking: Canada’s Secret Shame" is the culmination of the Joy Smith Foundation’s efforts to educate the Canadian public on human trafficking.
The National Human Trafficking Education Centre now provides service and assistance to survivors and their families across Canada.