AOH was founded in November 2015 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, by Cristina Scarpellini, a certified addictions counsellor with real life experience in mental health and addictions.
Cristina was in active addiction for many years using drugs as a substitute for mental health treatment. When Cristina recovered she sought to transform her experience into something positive. Cristina acknowledged the role family, friends and her support system played in her recovery.
While not everyone is as fortunate to have the support system she had, Cristina made it her mission to try to recreate that support system for other people. Cristina returned to school and obtained a diploma in Mental Health and Addictions.
Today, she is the president and executive director of AOH, a key note speaker, trainer, peer mentor, front line worker and a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor, registered with the CACCF. She is trained in suicide intervention and prevention, mental health first aid, ADAT assessment, tobacco cessation, gambling addiction, concurrent disorder, twelve core components of mental health and addiction, sensitivity training pertaining to sex trafficking and extensive training in human trafficking and training in sex work.
When she started working in the field, she quickly realized there was a gap in the service system for victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
She decided to take training in human trafficking and started an organization called Angels of Hope Against Human Trafficking (AOH). This organization operates out of the City of Greater Sudbury, and has been a registered incorporated charity since September 2016.
To date, the organization has assisted over 200 survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as their families.
Provides ongoing long-term support to survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation;
Establishes and utilizes resources appropriately to best serve survivors;
To the best of its abilities, provides clients with support and guidance;
Provides comprehensive mental health (trauma) and addictions counselling services;
Provides a safe and secure environment for survivors of all backgrounds;
Acts as a referral service and connects survivors to the appropriate resources;
Promotes and encourages social inclusion;
Walks alongside survivors to help them find peace and healing.
Angels of Hope strives to support survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation through their journey to healing. Along with establishing goals with each individual client, our main priority is to aid in re-integration into society with minimal triggers and access to support services.