About

Our Mission

To end human trafficking through preventing exploitation, educating the community, and empowering survivors.

Our Vision

We fight so that all may live free.

We believe that no human life should be for sale. Children and teenagers, men and women are exploited for sex and labor in our city every day. We exist to change that.

Preventing Exploitation

To fully end human trafficking, we must both support survivors and prevent people from ever being abused. By learning how to recognize the signs of trafficking, teens know how to stay safe and avoid exploitation. Informed kids are less likely to succumb to traffickers’ tactics.

Educating the Community

Education prepares the community. Through educational trainings, we prepare professionals, first responders, and community members to recognize and address human trafficking situations. Institutions become qualified to aid victims and survivors with a trauma-informed approach. Through our podcast, community members learn how to break down the systems that enable trafficking to flourish.

Empowering Survivors

Outreach prevents exploitation and empowers victims and survivors. Through case management, support groups, and direct outreach, we bridge the gap between service providers and those who need them. We interact with overlooked people to identify exploitation and empower them with appropriate resources for restoration.

Human trafficking is a violation of basic human rights and should be addressed as such. Together, we must restore that basic human right to every trafficked person—freedom.

Our History

8

2007 UAHT Established as “Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition” (HRRC)

UAHT received IRS designation as an official 501(3) in December 2007 and launched a billboard media campaign with the message to Stop Modern Day Slavery in Houston.

9

2009 UAHT Partnered with Crime Stoppers

UAHT co-authored the 911 Crime-Stoppers protocol for handling calls of human trafficking. The protocol was approved by the National Emergency Number Association and is now available to 911 call centers across the country.

8

2010 UAHT Joined the Texas Task Force

The Attorney General of Texas appointed to serve on the statewide task force on human trafficking (The Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force), effective January 1, 2010.

9

2010 UAHT Advised the White House

The White House and Department of Health invited UAHT to participate in a stakeholder meeting to advise the government on how best to strengthen victim services for survivors of human trafficking.

8

2011 UAHT Conducted a Field Assessment

UAHT completed a Field Assessment on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the Harris and Galveston Counties. The report is used by local officials and agencies as a guide to develop better services for this victim population.

9

2014 UAHT Received Community Leadership Award

UAHT received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Staff traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the award from the FBI Director. The Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition re-branded as the organization you know now: United Against Human Trafficking.

8

2015 UAHT Launched First E-Learning Course

UAHT launched its first Human Trafficking 101 e-Learning course, allowing the small organization to reach more people.

9

2016 UAHT Created New Media Campaign

UAHT launched “Watch For Traffick” in partnership with the City of Houston, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and the Houston Police Department.

2017 Uaht Launched Prevention Courses, Direct Outreach and Supportive Services

UAHT launched programming to help prevent human trafficking and serve current victims and survivors.

Our Team

TIMEKA WALKER

Executive Director

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ELAINE ANDINO

Director of Partnerships

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JENNA COOPER

Director of Programs

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KATARINA SOWERBY

Director of Finance

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AU’VONNIE ALEXANDER

Education & Outreach Manager

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NATE ARNESON

Coalition Manager

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RENEE BYARS

Human Resources Manager

ANNA FORNARIS

Client Services Manager

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ERIN MARTIN

Case Manager

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DAN MURRAY

Partnership Manager

MISA NGUYEN

Demand Reduction Manager

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VERONICA BUCIO

Community Engagement Coordinator

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EMMA CHONG

Grant Writer

RACHEL DAWSON

Administrative Coordinator

ARGENIS SANTAMARIA

Outreach Coordinator

ANNA JOHNSTON

Communications Coordinator

SARA JAYNE BREUER

Education Coordinator

TYLER R. CUNNING

Outreach Specialist

HATTIE JACOBSON

Programs Assistant

DALTON TAYLOR JOHNSON

Programs Specialist

SAMANTHA LEDEZMA

Outreach Specialist

Annual Reports

United Against Human Trafficking pledges good stewardship in every donation received. We are transparent with our finances, annual reports and internal revenue service disclosure forms. We acknowledge your contributions are investments towards our mission to end and prevent human trafficing through education, outreach and awareness.

When you give to United Against Human Trafficking, over 81% of our total revenue goes directly to programs and services; 11% to general operations and 8% to fundraising efforts.

Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax – Form 990

Board of Directors

CHAIR

WENDY FONG
Chief Gigs

VICE CHAIR

ERIC BARTZ
Community Volunteer

TREASURER

CAROLINE VETTERLING
Blazek & Vetterling

MICHELLE BRESSER
Community Volunteer

KRYSTAL CARTER
Danny Kay Cloud

MONICA DE LA CERDA
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

ANGELA KOHL
Air Liquide

NICK LONGO
Chevron

LJ MOODY
Opportune

RADHIKA RAJENDRA
AstraZeneca

ABNET TSEGAI-HURST
Center for Clinical Studies

ANNIE WADE
Comcast

Advisory Council

DAN MARTINEZ, JD
Tritico & Rainey

ALICIA O'GILBERT
UT Health

FRANCISCO SANCHEZ, MPA
Homeland Security & Emergency Management

JOSEPH WESLEY
FedTech