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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Celebration of equality is crucial to ending human trafficking. Systemic racism is the incubator of marginalization and exploitation and must be eradicated. Therefore, we recognize our responsibility to drive change. We, at United Against Human Trafficking commit to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Over the years, we have continually examined our policies, our partnerships, and our programs to ensure the establishment of justice for people who are of any race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, and religion.

We believe that we are the change we want to see in the world. And together, through love, listening, and understanding, we create a unified movement that brings an end to human trafficking and racism, so that all may live free.

Here’s What We’re Actively Doing

  • Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is committed to ensuring our policies and practices abide by our commitment to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
  • We train our staff on the historical context of racism and how to be an anti-racist, providing the space to have deep and honest times of reflection and learning within our organization and with all our partners.
  • We train our community on the intersection of human trafficking and racial injustice.
  • We provide diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings to our Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition partners and are dedicated to only partnering with organizations committed to this process.

  • We commit to sustaining a diverse staff and Board of Directors that reflect the populations we serve.

 

  • We acknowledge that our clients’ ethnicity and race may play a role in their trauma and recovery experiences and build programs with whole-person healing in mind.

Our Team

TIMEKA WALKER

Chief Executive Officer

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TITUS BENTON

Chief Operating Officer

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ELAINE ANDINO

Director of Donor and External Partnerships

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LISA BARRERA-ODOM

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

ERIN MARTIN

Case Manager

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DAN MURRAY

Partnership Manager

MISA NGUYEN

Demand Reduction Manager

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SARA JAYNE BREUER

Education Coordinator

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VERONICA BUCIO

Community Engagement Coordinator

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EMMA CHONG

Grant Writer

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RACHEL DAWSON

Administration Coordinator

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ANNA JOHNSTON

Communications Coordinator

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ARGENIS SANTAMARIA

Outreach Coordinator

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TYLER R. CUNNING

Outreach Specialist

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DALTON TAYLOR JOHNSON

Programs Specialist

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SAMANTHA LEDEZMA

Outreach Specialist

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CHRISTIAN REDMOND

Education Specialist

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ANDREW WRIGHT

Accounting Associate

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SHARON ERAZO

Programs Assistant

LORETTA FLEMING

Programs Assistant

JAVINA HARRIS

Programs Assistant

HATTIE JACOBSON

Programs Assistant

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.

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Board of Directors

CHAIR

WENDY FONG
Chief Gigs

VICE CHAIR

ERIC BARTZ
Community Volunteer

TREASURER

CAROLINE VETTERLING
Blazek & Vetterling

MICHELLE BRESSER
Community Volunteer

CHUCK COMBS
Enterprise Products

ANGELA KOHL
Air Liquide

MARK PEAVY
Windy Cove Energy I And II

ANNIE WADE
Comcast

ABNET TSEGAI-HURST
Center for Clinical Studies

RADHIKA RAJENDRA
AstraZeneca

LJ MOODY
Opportune

Advisory Council

BRITTANY DES VIGNES
Insperity

DAN MARTINEZ, JD
Tritico & Rainey

ALICIA O'GILBERT
UT Health

FRANCISCO SANCHEZ, MPA
Homeland Security & Emergency Management

JOSEPH WESLEY
FedTech