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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...

Boys: Too Tough to be Trafficked?

Boys: Too Tough to be Trafficked?

The bell rings. Moments later, a horde of boys bound into the locker room, tossing their clanking back packs in their lockers. Just outside, the goal posts anticipate the rhythmic pounding of cleats running towards them on the field. But it has to wait- this is more...

How Samuel Helped Free His Friends

How Samuel Helped Free His Friends

“Here they are! These are my friends that are being trafficked.” Samuel’s voice was an eager whisper, as he and two others approached us at an April street reach. We’d slowly gained trust with Samuel during his many interactions with our staff: he spoke frequently...

How You Can Stop Trafficking While At Work

How You Can Stop Trafficking While At Work

“I want to make a difference. Tell me how I can help.” We hear these passionate words from you every day. The burden of overlooked men, women, and children caught in exploitation weighs on your hearts and minds. We can’t end human trafficking without you. As a part of...

3 Critical Ideas Survivors Learn In Real Talk

3 Critical Ideas Survivors Learn In Real Talk

Dear Jamie*, The last few years of your life were rough. You’ve lived on the streets, running out of friends and family to rely on. Now you're living in a residential facility and are currently in several programs, each promising support and help. Yet your voice feels...

Our Most Powerful Year

Our Most Powerful Year

Because of your support, 2018 was a breakout year full of courage and changes! We engaged with nearly 23,000 individuals and during our first full year in providing direct services, weconnected 81 victims to care. We also trained over 12,000 parents, police...

Trafficked Through Social Media

Trafficked Through Social Media

“That’s what happened to me,” Jackie stated confidently in front of her peers. While I receive disclosures of human trafficking frequently, this one caught me off guard.  Our Real Talk Program consists of 10 sessions; each focused on different themes of...

Mya’s Story

Mya’s Story

By age 16, Mya was familiar with life on the streets. She was pimped out for sex and forced into young motherhood. Shuffled between multiple foster homes, she finally ran away. Bounced around from facility to facility, program to program, her rough exterior made it...

Protecting Houston Youth. What It Takes.

Protecting Houston Youth. What It Takes.

When we talk about protecting our children and teenagers from human trafficking, what do you think is most important? Is it about teaching our kids the behaviors of traffickers? Or maybe it's providing the right safety tips for social media? We spoke with our newest...