Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Human Trafficking Awareness Month (HTAM) is an annual event developed by United Against Human Trafficking and officially proclaimed by the Mayor of Houston each year. HTAM takes place during the month of January. It contains a series of events and training sessions that are hosted by United Against Human Trafficking and its community partners for the purpose of raising awareness about human trafficking across the city.
Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Houston was founded in 2007 by United Against Human Trafficking when it was formerly known as Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition. It began as a week-long series of events, which grew into two weeks, and eventually comprised of an entire month.
- Raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and educate communities and individuals on how to identify and report situations of human trafficking
- Increase awareness and empower the Houston community for the purpose of collective impact against the issue of human trafficking
- Send a unified, consistent message throughout the greater Houston area by coordinating human trafficking awareness events hosted by local organizations
Every year, United Against Human Trafficking produces marquee events such as:
Big Dipper Dash
The Big Dipper Dash is a 5K race under the stars to raise awareness of human trafficking. The name of the race is dedicated to honoring the sacrifice of southern slaves who, over 150 years ago, followed the northern star for freedom. The North Star is a part of the Big Dipper constellation. Proceeds from the race go directly to support the outreach and educational activities of United Against Human Trafficking.
Faith & Freedom Week
Faith and Freedom Week is an initiative founded by United Against Human Trafficking to empower Houston’s many faith communities to spread awareness of the issue of human trafficking. This week-long series of events are hosted by diverse faith communities all over the greater Houston area.
Shop Smart: Fair Trade Shopping Market
Shop Smart brings Fair Trade vendors from near and far to one location. This annual event is an opportunity to educate community members about how consumer goods and the purchasing power of individuals can change the demand for human trafficking both globally as well as locally.