Our Programs

Front-line Professional Training Program


First Responder Training
United Against Human Trafficking’s “First Responder Training” is designed for fire fighters, paramedics, and EMT professionals. This 2 hour program was created based on the range of situations these professionals respond to as well as the high level of trust they hold within the community. First Responders act in a large array of locations and circumstances, making it imperative that they can identify a trafficking situation.

This training will outline:
  • The scope of human trafficking on a global, national, and local level
  • Define human trafficking based on federal laws
  • Demonstrate how victims are lured into trafficking situations
  • Portray the methods that traffickers use to control their victims
  • Instructs on how to identify a potential human trafficking victim and a potential trafficking location
  • Provide direct contacts for reporting tips and requesting assistance with potential victims
Education Professional Training
Most schools are equipped to handle various security issues, however human trafficking is an emerging threat to our schools. UAHT offers a 2 hour training designed to meet this new challenge by proactively preparing educators and school personnel to address this issue. Education professionals can serve a key role in identifying youth victims of human trafficking.

This training will outline:
  • The realities of human trafficking as it pertains to children
  • Portrays the methods that traffickers use to control their victims
  • Identifies vulnerabilities students may have that could increase their risk of being lured into a trafficking situation
  • Instructs on how to identify a potential human trafficking victim
  • Illustrates the importance of a school-wide response and provide sample protocols
  • Provide direct contacts for reporting tips and requesting assistance with potential victims
Health Professionals Training
UAHT offers an hour long training entitled, “Health Professionals and Human Trafficking: Look Beneath the Surface to H.E.A.R. Your Patient.” This training was created based on research that indicated 28% of human trafficking victims came in contact with the health care system while in captivity, but were not identified. This program aims to increase awareness among health care professionals and provide them with the skills necessary to help identify and respond to potential victims.

This training will outline:
  • The scope of human trafficking on a global, national, and local level
  • Portray the methods that traffickers use to control their victims
  • Instructs on how to identify a potential human trafficking victim
  • Illustrate how trauma-informed techniques will enhance interaction with a potential victim of human trafficking
  • Provide a sample response protocol for a patient that may be a victim of human trafficking
  • Provide direct contacts for reporting and requesting assistance for potential victims that adhere to the HIPAA Privacy Rule
Hospitality Training
Businesses can unknowingly be facilitators human trafficking. Hospitality professionals are in key places to interact with trafficking victims. Understanding how human trafficking can occur within this industry can result in the identification and restoration of trafficking victims. UAHT’s 1 hour “Hospitality Training” is available in both English and Spanish.

This training will outline:
  • The scope of human trafficking on a global, national, and local level
  • Discuss how victims are lured into trafficking situations
  • Reveal methods to identify a potential human trafficking victim that are specific to each job position within hospitality
  • Provide contacts for reporting and requesting assistance for potential victims
Law Enforcement Training
Law Enforcement professionals are the eyes and ears of the city and will frequently come into contact with trafficking victims. As primary first responders, it is essential that this group is able to identify a trafficking situation. UAHT’s 8 hour training meets all the requirements for the TCOLE 3271 “Advanced Human Trafficking” course.

This training will outline:
  • The scope of human trafficking on a global, national, and local level
  • Define and expand on federal and state human trafficking laws
  • Demonstrate how victims are lured into trafficking situations
  • Reveal methods to identify a potential human trafficking victim
  • Outline victim relief resources
  • Portray the mindset of the victims
  • Provide direct contacts for reporting and requesting assistance for potential victims
Social Service Training
The human trafficking training needs of social service providers are extremely diverse due to the broad range of services provided and populations served in the Greater Houston Area. For this reason, UAHT provides tailored two-hour long trainings that are designed to meet the needs of each facility. Each training defines human trafficking as a critical issue among social service professionals.

This training will outline:
  • The scope of human trafficking on a global, national, and local level
  • Portrays the methods that traffickers use to control their victims
  • Identifies vulnerabilities individuals may have that could increase their risk of being lured into a trafficking situation
  • Instructs on how to identify a potential human trafficking victim
  • Illustrate how trauma-informed techniques will enhance interaction with a potential victim of human trafficking
  • Outlines response protocol to individuals at risk of trafficking, currently held in a trafficking situation, and immediately post-rescue/escape
  • Provide direct contacts for reporting tips and requesting assistance with potential victims


Community Outreach


Human Trafficking 101
An aware and informed community is part of the first line of defense against a crime as insidious as human trafficking. Through this program, we provide the public with the fundamentals of human trafficking – the who, what, where, and red flags. Our community presentations are generally 45 – 60 minutes in length and are available to any community group who would like to learn more about the issue and what it looks like in our community. UAHT also offers our community awareness presentations in Spanish and at various locations around Houston.

Human Trafficking Technical Assistance and Resource Center
UAHT provides resource materials and technical assistance to students, human trafficking organizations and other NGOs who are seeking advice and expertise on a variety of topics. Our expertise ranges from coalition building, outreach efforts, training programs and other specific human trafficking topics. Many of our outreach materials/resources are available in several languages. Our resource materials include fact sheets, brochures, films, ID cards, posters, etc.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month
This annual event is officially proclaimed by the Mayor of Houston (as Human Trafficking Awareness Month) and takes place during the month of January in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The month is a series of awareness events and trainings that are hosted by UAHT and its coalition partners for the purpose of raising awareness about human trafficking across the city.

The Look Beneath the Surface Traveling Art Exhibit
The art exhibit was developed to promote awareness about human trafficking through the eyes of local professional and young artists who have artistically interpreted the stories and experiences of human trafficking survivors. The show has been on display across the state at such locations as the State Capital, Houston City Hall, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Bering and James Art Gallery and many more.

Media Campaign
In an effort to raise general awareness about the issue of human trafficking, UAHT has developed a media campaign that has included over the years, the use of Highway Billboards, Community Billboards, Malls Signs, Airport Shuttle Signage, Taxi Cab Signage – all with the message of either “Stop Modern-day Slavery In Houston” or “No Human Life Should be For Sale.” All signage includes the number of the national human trafficking hotline or the local Crime Stoppers number in order to report a potential trafficking situation. In addition, UAHT has also developed Spanish-language radio PSAs that aired on several Univision radio stations and an English-language TV PSA that aired on local Houston channel 55.



Youth Programs


Youth Prevention
Effective prevention often starts by raising awareness of harmful stereotypes and attitudes that create vulnerabilities and are barriers to youth seeking help. United Against Human Trafficking utilizes the Not a #Number curriculum for youth prevention of trafficking. The course is designed to be completed through a total of five 1 hour meetings. Not a #Number uses a holistic approach focusing on respect, empathy, individual strengths, and the relationship between personal and societal pressures that create or increase vulnerabilities in youth.

Through open conversations, engaging activities, the use of media, and opportunities for self-disclosure, participants will:
  • Raise their awareness of what constitutes human trafficking and exploitation
  • Learn how to recognize recruitment tactics and understand vulnerabilities
  • Challenge harmful stereotypes and societal attitudes
  • Identify healthy support systems
  • Develop skills to safely navigate potential and existing exploitative situations
  • Learn how to access community resources when situations occur that increase their vulnerability (or if exploitation is already underway)


Direct Outreach


Direct Outreach
UAHT’s Direct Outreach Initiatives help identify victims of human trafficking and them to services provided by our community partners. UAHT direct outreach efforts strategically targets known populations vulnerable to human trafficking such as:
  • Hispanic/Latino men and women
  • Adults and youth in the criminal justice system
  • Homeless and/or unstably housed youth and young adults
Survivor Informed Outreach
UAHT partners with human trafficking survivor consultants to assist in the creation of a trauma-informed outreach efforts. This model ensures that UAHT meets the needs potential victims of human trafficking. In addition, UAHT partners with The Moss Group, who provide expertise in the development of programs and services that support incarcerated adolescent human trafficking victims. Through these consultants and seasoned victim service professionals, UAHT implements trauma-informed outreach efforts to potential victims of human trafficking.

UAHT conducts outreach to facilities and on the streets. Facilities include:
  • Juvenile detention centers
  • Homeless shelters
  • Food pantries
  • Child welfare system