Acting Sergeant Janice MacDonald and Constable Danielle McKeen
Human Trafficking – What is happening in our own backyard.
Introduction to Human Trafficking, definitions, how Human Trafficking occurs in a community, Victimology, Risk Factors, Warning signs, Victim Supports. Local perspective.
Acting Sergeant Janice MacDonald graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice with specialization in Law in 2004 from Carleton University. In 2005 Janice returned to Northumberland County, at which time she completed her Correctional Worker diploma, from Loyalist College. Upon completion of her diploma, Janice was hired by Correctional Service of Canada, where she worked in a federal institution delivering service programs to inmates. In 2010, Janice became involved with working with at risk youth in Quinte West where she was employed by Trent Community Correctional Committee before being hired with the Cobourg Police Service in January of 2012. Janice moved from her front line work with the Cobourg Police Service to work as an investigator with the Cobourg Police Service Criminal Investigations Branch where she began working in the area of Human Trafficking. Janice has worked closely with Durham Regional Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit. In partnership with Community Service providers Janice was instrumental in the development of the Northumberland County Human Trafficking Response Committee. Janice assisted in co-authoring an Civil Remedies Grant which was successfully awarded and resulted in the hiring of the first Human Trafficking coordinator in Northumberland County. Janice has also assisted in leading a response team in Project Northern Spot Light an international innovative which strives to identify and assist victims of Human Trafficking.
Constable Danielle McKeen graduated with an Honour’s Bachelor of Social Sciences with a Specialization in Criminology and a Minor in Psychology in 2010 from Ottawa University. While in Ottawa, Danielle worked with at-risk and homeless street involved youth, and experienced supporting clients that were actively involved in the sex trade. In 2011 Danielle earned a Diploma in Social Service Work from Loyalist College and began working with at-risk youth in Northumberland County at Rebound Child and Youth Service Northumberland where she stayed until 2016 when she was hired as a Police Constable with Cobourg Police Service. Danielle’s history working with at-risk youth and interest in the area of Human Trafficking led her to seek out training in this area. She worked with Durham Regional Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit and received training in investigating and working with victims of Human Trafficking. Danielle has attended several training opportunities on this topic to further advance her knowledge and expertise including the International Conference on Human Trafficking in Ohio and the National Conference on Human Trafficking in Toronto. In partnership with Janice and several Community Partners, Danielle assisted in developing the Northumberland County Human Trafficking Response Committee which has been instrumental in educating the County of Northumberland on the topic. Danielle co-authored a Civil Remedies Grant which was successfully awarded and resulted in the hiring of the first Human Trafficking coordinator in Northumberland County.