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 800 (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 program, Hooked: Porn's Hold on the Brain, which is an educational session on the neuroscience of pornography and how it drives sex trafficking.
In 2017, Traffick911 was named Nonprofit of the Year by the Junior League of Collin County. Traffick911 was also named Outstanding Organization of the Year in 2013 by the Fort Worth Commission for Women with commendations by the Fort Worth City Council, mayor and a State Senator. 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.
Our team has trained thousands of first responders and professionals across the country. 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.
Wouldn't you rather prevent someone from becoming a victim in the first place? 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, 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, High Risk Youth Outreach, and through our highly-skilled Internet Surveillance Team. 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 tenured team of recognized experts (including professional staff and survivor advocates) begin case management and advocacy. We strive to give a victim back their voice and their choice. 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 outreach teams in the following Texas counties: Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Hood, Johnson, Rockwall, Parker, Ellis, 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, Abilene, TX and Orlando, Florida juvenile detention centers. Our empowerment work (direct victim services) is currently 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.