Our Vision: A world free from relational brokenness
Founded in 2009, Traffick911 exists to free youth from sex trafficking with a three-prong strategy of prevention, identification and empowerment. The Traffick911 team has identified and served over 1,200 victims and their work - in close partnership with law enforcement - has led to multiple state and federal felony arrests and convictions. Traffick911 has a youth prevention program called Traps, which teaches youth how to stay safe from traffickers by understanding their tricks, traps and lures. Traffick911 delivers Traps in schools, youth shelters, CPS groups, youth groups, parent programs, juvenile detentions, and more, and reaches more than 7,000 youth (in small group settings) with the program each year.
In 2017, Traffick911 was selected by the Office of the Governor in Texas to provide direct services including crisis response, case management/advocacy, and mentorship to child sex trafficking victims in North Texas as a part of a regional multi-disciplinary team in North Texas Counties. As a part of Traffick911's Voice & Choice survivor empowerment program, first responders are able to call Traffick911 for 24-hour crisis response to begin relational advocacy services with the survivor and support them on their journey to healing. Since beginning this specialized service in June of 2017, Traffick911 has served 230 child sex trafficking survivors with specialized advocacy and case management services (as of May 2019).
Traffick911 was named Nonprofit of the Year by the Junior League of Collin County. Traffick911 was also named Outstanding Organization of the Year by the Fort Worth Commission for Women. We have been officially recognized by Homeland Security Investigations as a most-valued partner in this battle to save our American children from sex trafficking.
Wouldn't you rather prevent someone from becoming a victim in the first place? At Traffick911, prevention happens through educating adults and youth, and equipping them with practical ways to stay safe. Since the average age of entry into sex trafficking is 13, our goal is to reach as many youth as possible ages 12-18. We bring our Traps youth program into schools, youth shelters, boys and girls clubs, CPS groups, youth groups, parent programs, juvenile detentions, and more.
Identification is the first step toward freedom. In close collaboration with local, state and federal law enforcement, our team is identifying domestic minor sex trafficking victims all across Texas (and beyond) through our Juvenile Detention Outreach and High Risk Youth Outreach. The professional 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 a victim is identified, our Voice & Choice program team of recognized experts (including professional staff and survivor advocates) begin case management and advocacy. We walk alongside them in life, determine what goals they would like to accomplish, and plug them into the professional trauma-informed services they desire. Our goal is 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 serve and have prevention outreach teams in the following Texas counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Hood, Rockwall, Parker, Ellis, Bell, Williamson, Fort Bend, Travis, Tom Green and Bexar. We also have a team that brings our prevention 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 prevention program across Arkansas, Corpus Christi, Texas, El Paso, Texas, Abilene, TX and Orlando, Florida juvenile detention centers. Our Voice & Choice program (direct victim services and crisis response) is currently only offered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
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.