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Prostitution & Human Trafficking: What’s the Difference?

Prostitution & Human Trafficking: What’s the Difference?

It can be complicated – however, one thing you know for sure is that she has been exploited. Kim is 16 years old, poor, in and out of school, no job, and wants to help her family survive. After her mother lost her job, their family is left in terrible debt. A man her...

5 Fair Trade Summer Fashion Items

5 Fair Trade Summer Fashion Items

Memorial Day has come and gone, and you know what that means! That’s right, it is officially summer! Okay, maybe not officially, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready for some fun in the sun with these summer essentials. Now, some of these might not be applicable...

Juneteenth: The History of Slavery and Human Trafficking

Juneteenth: The History of Slavery and Human Trafficking

Since the murder of George Floyd, all of us - advocates, allies, and detractors alike - have been encouraged to research and learn how the Black community has been impacted by societal and structural racism. I want to take a moment to challenge the idea that slavery...

Building A Free Future During COVID-19

Building A Free Future During COVID-19

Dear Friend, One thing we know, human trafficking continues even with social distancing. In fact, COVID-19 created a perfect storm for exploiting our community. Traffickers are grooming young boys and girls on social media. They haven’t stopped targeting vulnerable...

Fair Trade Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Fair Trade Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming up! This one may feel a little (or a whole lot) different. It’s harder to see people, and shopping in stores is not an option for most. The one thing that’s going to remain constant though? Our love for the moms in our life.   Some of us are...

A Letter to Survivors

A Letter to Survivors

To any Human Trafficking Survivor, to any Domestic Violence Survivor, to any Addiction Survivor, to anyone struggling to find their way, and to anyone who has felt like things would never get better, this is for you.

Why Do Survivors Need Case Managers?

Why Do Survivors Need Case Managers?

Survivors can focus on healing, rather than maneuvering through logistics.   A survivor’s healing plan is extensive and can be confusing. Each person’s process differs. That’s why a trained, professional Case Manager is necessary to build a custom plan to meet...

What’s the Key to Long-Term Healing?

What’s the Key to Long-Term Healing?

Cora hesitated—then, “Hi, I’m Cora,” she swallowed hard. “I need help.”

It didn’t take long to realize that repeated sexual assault from countless solicitors meant Cora needed a long-term plan to help her recover physically, mentally, and emotionally.

How You Can Fight Human Trafficking From Home

How You Can Fight Human Trafficking From Home

With parks closed this weekend, we thought you may be looking for something to do while you're stuck inside. Check out these 4 virtual training opportunities and stay tuned to our social media for more to come!1. A 2-Minute Video to Help Your Kids Navigate Social...

Celebrating Easter and Springtime In a Pandemic

Celebrating Easter and Springtime In a Pandemic

It's early in the morning and I step outside the door. It just rained the day before, so there's water in the air: Springtime in Houston. As I savor a moment of quiet before my daughter wakes up, I think about what I am going to do to celebrate Easter this year....

Continuing the Mission Amid Crisis

Continuing the Mission Amid Crisis

Dear Friend, I hope this finds you and your family well and safe. We realize these are unprecedented times, filled with uncertainty. But even as we adjust to life during social distancing and work to overcome fear of the unknown, we are confident that we will see the...

Clear Vision. Steady Pace. Bright Future.

Clear Vision. Steady Pace. Bright Future.

Dear Partner, If you’re like us, you blinked and not only a new year, but an entire new decade appeared at your doorstep! The past few years we’ve kept a laser focus on our goal to strategically expand and serve more victims, so within moments, a decade passed. Yet,...

The Fight to Survive: How Our Brains Protect Us

The Fight to Survive: How Our Brains Protect Us

Excited laughter and happy squeals morph into a single pain-filled screech. It pierces the humid summer air and suddenly my surroundings melt away. Just a moment before, my hair flowed behind me in the cool wind. My fingers wrapped around the handlebars, one foot...

Is Human Trafficking the Worst It’s Ever Been?

Is Human Trafficking the Worst It’s Ever Been?

The human trafficking hotline has received more reports of human trafficking than ever before. In its first year, the hotline received just over 3,000 reports of human trafficking in the U.S. The hotline became inundated with calls as years passed, reaching 10,949...

7 Holiday Gifts that Fight Human Trafficking

7 Holiday Gifts that Fight Human Trafficking

"What can I do to help fight human trafficking?" It's the most common question we hear from you, our motivated community. Every day, you can disrupt the cycle of abuse. You can change lives through gift giving. You don’t need to work at a non-profit or receive special...

3 Survivors You Helped in 2019

3 Survivors You Helped in 2019

As we near the end of 2019, we want to say thank you. Your support throughout the year ensures that we can work in our community, helping people understand human trafficking and supporting those who have endured it. You are the reason that it's possible. Because of...

3 Fair Trade Halloween Candy That Are Affordable

3 Fair Trade Halloween Candy That Are Affordable

Halloween is just around the corner! As you stock up on candy for Trick or Treaters, consider offering fair trade treats! We know that finding fair trade halloween candy can be challenging, and when you do find ethically-sourced treats, they can be quite expensive!...

3 Ways to Tell your Kids About Trafficking Before School Starts

3 Ways to Tell your Kids About Trafficking Before School Starts

Mrs. Baker cheers as Riley marches across the field with plumes of feathers ascending from her head. Despite the sweltering August heat, Mrs. Baker proudly stands and claps for her child at the end of the halftime show. A bass drum weighs heavy on Riley’s shoulders as...