A recent report from the University of Texas estimates that there are approximately 79,000 minor and youth victims of sex trafficking in the state of Texas. Once recovered from sex trafficking, teens require specialized services, therapy, case management and a new community. If they are left unattended they often become susceptible and vulnerable to again be preyed on by traffickers. Our team has been working hard to better meet the needs of our city’s trafficked teens.
This fall, we are launching both a 24/7 Victim Advocate Response Team for trafficked teen survivors and in partnership with the Governor’s office, a community-based Teen Center.
Once a trafficked teen is identified, our 24/7 victim advocates will respond within 60 minutes to provide immediate intervention and needs-assessment to make the best recommendations for the teen. The advocates will lock arms with the teen through every step of their recovery process and provide case management and emotional support to help the teen heal.
Our new Teen Center will be a place of healing, services, restoration, new friends and a new life for youth in our community that have been victimized.
Holistically, our services will include:
- individual and group counseling
- trauma-informed case management
- life-skills development
- weekly community activities (e.g., movement, art therapy)
- educational support and assistance with GEDs
- support group for parents of trafficked teens
To support the new Teen Center and 24/7 Victim Advocate Response Team, click here. We will also need in-kind donations such as kitchen appliances, iPhones, and computers. Please click here to give an in-kind donation.