Individual & Family Therapist, East Metro Youth Services
Chair of the Human Trafficking Intervention Prevention Strategy (H.I.P.S.) Toronto
Carly Kalish is a social worker, trauma counselling innovator, and tireless advocate for sex workers and survivors of domestic human sex trafficking. Carly has personally touched the lives of many youth involved in the sex trade.
Carly’s pioneering work has taken her to Africa where she spearheaded HIV prevention and literacy programs in a brothel in Ghana. She has worked variously at African Hope Foundation, Anita Sofia Clinic, the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City, and All Saints Community Centre in Toronto before her tenure at East Metro Youth Services (EMYS).
Today, Carly drives EMYS’ Sexual Wellness Education & Empowerment Team (SWEET) and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) programs. EMYS became the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Lead Agency for infant, child and youth mental health in the Toronto region in 2015.
The SWEET and ETA program provides client-centred treatment for survivors of domestic human trafficking and youth involved in sex work. SWEET and ETA connects youth aged 12 to 29 years with lived experience in sex work and domestic human trafficking to a range of emotional, therapeutic, and social service supports.
As a result of Carly’s efforts, EMYS has trained over 1,500 service providers including law enforcement, teachers and social workers over the past several years. The programs are currently funded by Canadian Women’s Foundation, MAC AIDS Fund and Hedge Funds Canada.
EMYS gender-based violence team has established EMYS as the go-to thought leader and leading service provider to one of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth communities.
Carly is the co-founder and chair of the Human Trafficking Intervention & Prevention Strategy (H.I.P.S.), a collaboration between 20-plus agencies in Toronto, including Toronto Police Services, to address domestic human trafficking. She is a member of the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee on the Toronto Police Services. She is an active member of both the Rouge Valley Concurrent Disorder Committee, and East Metro Youth Services Harm Reduction Committee.
Carly holds a Master of Social Work with Honours from the Hunter School of Social Work, City University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology with Honours from Dalhousie University. She is currently pursuing a non-profit management certificate from Harvard University.