Empowering youth experiencing human trafficking.

Creating Opportunities and Resources Against the Trafficking of Humans (CORATH) is a community program for youth aged 12 to 24 who have been or are at risk of being trafficked, notably through sexual exploitation.

A multi-disciplinary team provides 24-hour emergency support and assistance with physical and mental health services, shelter, security, individualized education, case management, legal system navigation, and survivor mentorship. Through a holistic approach, youth feel safe and supported from the moment they make contact.

Operated by the Roberts/Smart Centre, this program is a collaboration between leading community organizations that include the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa and YouTurn. Funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, it currently serves Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.   

Open 24/7
Text/SMS: 613-576-4006
Phone: 1-888-918-0186

24-hour emergency services and support

Our text, phone and virtual messaging channels are monitored 24/7/365.

Mind and body health services

Access to a nurse practitioner as well as counselling and clinically supervised psychotherapy programs.

Survivor Mentorship

Survivor leaders meet youth where they are at, providing support through a survivor and lived experience lens.

Case management services

Navigational support for the health care, foster care and justice systems. 

drop-in services

Open 7 days a week to provide a safe place to hang out, ask for guidance or help, complete schoolwork, access the internet, and obtain hygiene products and other essentials. 

flexible and mobile

Youth are supported through their journey, when and where they are ready, and at the pace they set for themselves.


Emergency and long-term shelter

Emergency shelter in a live-in facility as well as well as assistance to find long-term shelter.


Strength-based, culturally safe programming and activities that reflect the cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.


“When we look at human trafficking, we always think that it’s far away from us.”

– Du Yun, Chinese born composer and Pulitzer Prize winner

Traffic Jam 2023

Our CORATH team attended the 1st annual Traffic Jam Human Trafficking Conference. Organized by, A New Day Ottawa, this two-day event focused on navigating the intersections of human trafficking.

The conference brought together experts, advocates, and survivors to discuss the urgent issue of human trafficking and to explore ways to combat it.

From the powerful speeches to our CORATH program coordinator’s insightful presentation on Invisible Identities, every moment of the conference was thought provoking. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the issue, but the conference reminded us that we can all make a difference by raising awareness, supporting organizations that work to combat trafficking, and advocating for policies that protect vulnerable communities.


We welcome self-referrals as well as referrals from clinics, hospitals, police, shelters, schools and more.

The Roberts/Smart Academy (a.k.a DCLA)

Accredited private school providing temporary or long-term academic opportunities for students who find it difficult to function in the traditional school setting. While concurrently dealing with the challenges of their particular mental health and behavioural issues, students have the opportunity to achieve provincially recognized credits.


Day treatment provides youth with a therapeutic, structured, meaningful, and directed learning program. As these programs address the academic needs of the youth, they simultaneously provide support to the treatment plan of the student.

Caregiver and Family Education and Support

Counsellors offer a family support group along with teaching an innovative, compassionate, and proven approach, called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) that helps with understanding and supporting youth. Learning side-by-side with other caregivers and parents provides an optimum setting to begin to shift understanding and learn a new way of working with their child.