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StreetReach Teams

High Risk Victim Units

StreetReach teams are part of Tracia's Trust, the Manitoba government's strategy to prevent sexual exploitation of children and youth. These teams deal with children and youth who are at high risk of being violently victimized through the sex trade.
Manitoba's StreetReach teams are based on the Dallas (TX) Police Department's High Risk Victims Unit model. It has four goals.
  1. Stop children and youth from running away from home or other residences.
  2. Prevent future sexual abuse and exploitation.
  3. Redirect runaway children to stop them from being victimized.
  4. Intervene with those who exploit young, high risk victims.
Team members believe that child sexual abuse, regardless of the causes (sex trade, family history, third party pressure), is a complex community issue. They work with children and young people in Winnipeg and Thompson who are at the highest risk of sexual abuse through sexual exploitation previously known as youth prostitution - on the street, through the Internet and behind closed doors.

High Risk Victims

A high risk victim (HRV) is a child or young person who has been assessed by a team of professionals to be at an extremely high risk of being violently victimized through the sex trade. They are children who need immediate, intensive intervention. Once a child has been deemed a high risk victim, a co-ordinated response plan is set up. The plan involves professionals from health systems, social service systems and justice systems to locate the child and return him or her to safety as quickly as possible.
StreetReach teams use several factors to assess risk levels, including but not limited to:
  • chronic running away from home or other residences
  • previous incidents of being victimized
  • harmful alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • mental health issues

StreetReach Goals

The StreetReach teams help:
  • locate sexually exploited children and intervene immediately
  • identify and handle predators/offenders

StreetReach Benefits

Research shows that teams of professionals from several fields, who work together, have greater understanding, better efficiency and more success when working with high risk victims. Co-ordinated StreetReach team members share a variety of experiences and skills that make them particularly effective at intervention and prevention. They can also co-ordinate and share their departmental and agency resources to use them more effectively. StreetReach teams in Manitoba are already showing important achievements, including:
  • earlier identification of children who are already being sexually exploited
  • earlier identification of children who are a high risk to become sexually exploited
  • fast response times from team members when children are in danger or at risk
  • more co-ordination of outreach, child welfare and law enforcement agencies
  • more children located and returned to safe homes or residences
  • higher number of prosecutions for offenders
  • more special resources provided to exploited children


StreetReach Team Members

  • Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)
  • B & L Homes for Children Ltd.
  • Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc., Child Find Manitoba (Child Find)
  • Child and Family All Nations Co-ordinated Response Network Inc. (ANCR)
  • City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Police Service (WPS)
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba
  • Knowles Centre Inc.
  • Macdonald Youth Services (MYS)
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.
  • Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre Inc.
  • Manitoba Family Services, Child Protection Branch (CPB)
  • Manitoba Justice, Child Victim Support Service (CVSS)
  • Marymound Inc.
  • Métis Child, Family and Community Services (Métis CFS)
  • Mount Carmel Clinic
  • Mystery Lake School District
  • Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe)
  • Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation CFS Designated Intake Agency (NCN)
  • North Point Douglas Women's Centre Inc.
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • The Laurel Centre Inc.
  • Thompson Boys and Girls Club

StreetReach Advisory Committees

There are two StreetReach advisory committees - Winnipeg and Thompson. They have representatives from departments, agencies and organizations in several different fields. These committees offer expertise and advice to ensure StreetReach teams meet the needs of the children and young people they serve. Members include government departments, police agencies, child welfare agencies, outreach organizations, victim services and other organizations that work with sexually exploited children and youth.

For more information:

StreetReach Winnipeg
1 - 777 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3G 0N3
Ph: 204-945-6941; Fax: 204-945-6717
Email: streetreach.winnipeg@gov.mb.ca

StreetReach North
P.O. Box 484, 365 Thompson Drive
Thompson MB R8N 1N2
Ph: 204-778-7575 ext.# 2; FAX: 204-778-1942
Email: streetreachN@mts.net
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