Founded in 2009, Traffick911 exists to free youth from sex trafficking with a three-prong strategy of prevention, identification and empowerment. We have identified and/or assisted 700 (and counting) victims and our work - in close partnership with law enforcement - has led to multiple state and federal felony arrests and convictions. We also have a youth prevention program called Traps, which teaches youth how to #BeSmartStayFree from traffickers by understanding their tricks, traps and lures. In 2016, we piloted a new presentation, Hooked: Porn's Hold on the Brain, which is an educational session on the neuroscience of pornography and how it drives sex trafficking.
Traffick911 was named Outstanding Organization of the Year by the Fort Worth Commission for Women with commendations by the Fort Worth City Council, mayor and a State Senator. We have also been recognized by Homeland Security Investigations as a most-valued partner in this battle to save our American children from sex trafficking.
Our team has trained thousands of first responders and professionals across the country, including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety, local law enforcement, educators, medical personnel, juvenile justice staffs at the county and state level, CPS regional supervisors and caseworkers, DAs, etc. Not only do we receive the highest evaluations, we have documented identifications and rescues out of the trainings. For instance, before we trained Cook Children’s Hospital, the hospital had identified zero victims of trafficking. Within 8 months, they had identified 11 victims.
At Traffick911, prevention happens through educating adults and youth about the plight of sex trafficking in America and equipping them with practical ways to keep themselves safe. Since the average age of entry into sex trafficking is 13, we must reach youth right where they are. We bring our Traps and Hooked™ programs into schools, youth shelters, boys and girls clubs, CPS groups, youth groups, parent programs, juvenile detention, and more.
In close collaboration with local, state and federal law enforcement, our team is identifying domestic minor sex trafficking victims in the juvenile justice system through our Juvenile Detention Outreach, High Risk Youth Outreach and finding them online through our Internet Surveillance Team. The training of first responders - those who are in jobs to identify and rescue victims - has also proven to be a powerful tool in identifying and rescuing victims.
Once victims are identified, our team of expert victim specialists work to get them plugged into the support they need through case management, outpatient services, trauma-informed counseling, mentoring, residential and/or mental health treatment, and other referral services. Our team makes every effort to maintain long-term relationships with the survivors, mentoring and walking with them (and their family, when possible) through their journey into adult years.
Where we work
We currently have outreach teams in the following Texas counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Hood, Bell, Williamson, Brazos, Fort Bend, Travis, Tom Green and Bexar. We also have a team that brings our program into the state prison facility for youth (TJJD/TYC) in Brownwood, TX on a regular basis. In addition, we now have affiliate organizations bringing our youth program across Arkansas, Corpus Christi, Texas, El Paso, Texas, and Orlando, Florida juvenile detention centers.
We will continue to expand across Texas and partner with other affiliate organizations in other states, working to reach as many youth as possible with a prevention message, identify victims through outreaches and trainings and empowering survivors on their journey to freedom.