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2012 Traffick Report from Free the Captives


The Year in Numbers
 
-- Served 55 Houston human trafficking victims and at risk girls
-- Educated and trained over 2000 people on human trafficking
-- Equipped 54 hotels to recognize human trafficking
-- Increased John arrests by collecting 15,0000+ letters for local and state officials


An Overview of our Programs and Projects
 
Direct Services for Trafficking Victims and at Risk Girls
  • During 2012, Free the Captives served 55 human trafficking victims and at risk girls in the Houston area.
  • Free the Captives has greatly expanded the direct services that we provide to victims of human trafficking. Besides mentoring, we have provided victims with rescue assistance, medical and dental services, educational assistance, job placement, housing assistance, safe home referrals, financial planning, and groceries and other material needs.
  • We have a weekly prevention program for at risk teenaged girls, where we develop life skills that make them less vulnerable to traffickers, and a parenting support group to assist their parents in stabilizing their home lives.
  • By investing in one girl at a time, lives have been changed. Survivors have gotten back on track with their education, secured employment, and are developing financial stability.
Contributions for Free the Captives' Services to Girls
  • Healthy, home cooked meals for the girls in our mentoring groups were provided by Cypress Bible Church, Grace Bible Church, Second Baptist, Tallowood Baptist, and Houston Chinese Church.Christmas presents for girls
  • Christ Community Church provided interview clothing and backpacks of school supplies for our girls at a fantastic career and educational workshop that the church hosted.
  • Second Baptist, the North Campus, provided our programs with Bibles, journals, and craft supplies. These generous donations were a great blessing!
  • Gift bags of hygiene products, toothpaste, and lotion as well as clothing and Christmas gifts were provided by Texas A&M Phi Lamb Sorority, Houston Chinese Church, Tallowood Baptist, Lakewood Church, Ragan Savedra, Christi Bowe, Kerri Washburn, and Amy Pickett.

‚ÄčTraining and Education for the Public
  • In February 2012, Free the Captives’ 2nd Annual Houston Human Trafficking Conference educated over 500 people through 18 presentations.FTC 3rd Annual Houston Human Trafficking Conference
  • We invite you to our 3rd Annual Houston Human Trafficking Conference on March 1-2, 2013 at Second Baptist Church. Sheriff Adrian Garcia will be one of the speakers, and Coppelia, a DJ at KSBJ and talented singer, will be leading worship. Register online today to reserve your spot.
  • In 2012, through numerous presentations to churches, universities and civic groups, Free the Captives has educated over 2000 adults and youth.
  • During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Free the Captives trained volunteers that educated and equipped staff at 54 local hotels and motels on the signs of human trafficking.
  • To request a speaker for your group, please fill out our speaker request form. We also have awareness presentations geared specifically for junior high and high school students.
Reducing the Demand Campaign
  • Free the Captives believes that human trafficking in Houston will always be a problem as long as the buyers are purchasing girls and women. Through our Reducing the Demand Campaign, the public has urged Houston city officials and law enforcement to arrest the buyers.
  • In March 2012, over 11,000 letters were collected for Gov. Perry, asking him to put pressure on Houston city officials and law enforcement to arrest the buyers.
  • Throughout 2012, an additional 4,000 letters and postcards regarding the arrests of the buyers were mailed to Mayor Parker, Chief of Police McClelland, Sheriff Garcia, and former District Attorney Lykos. Officer Appreciation Luncheon
  • Your letters have made a difference! In October 2012, the Sheriff’s Office and HPD conducted stings and arrested 49 buyers, including a vice president at Halliburton.
  • In October 2012, at our Officer Appreciation Luncheon at the Taste of Texas, we honored over 30 officers from the Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Office for their work in arresting the men who buy girls and women. Free the Captives presented Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Constable Ron Hickman, and HPD Captain S.A. Smith with Freedom Awards.
  • We need your help with Phase 5 of our Reducing the Demand Campaign. Volunteers are needed to create, fund, and publicize a marketing campaign that educates men about the realities of trafficked girls. Sign up for our first strategy meeting on Jan. 12 at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

Special Thanks to:
  • Churches: Houston Chinese Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Houston’s First Baptist Church, Christ Community Church, Second Baptist Church, Kingsland Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Houston, Rice Temple Baptist, Lakewood Church, First United Methodist Church, Fellowship of the Woodlands, Tallowood Baptist Church, Bethany Christian Church, First Baptist Church of Katy, First Baptist Church of Richmond, Woodridge Baptist Church, Harvest Community Church, Grace Bible Church, Bridgepoint Bible Church, Lazybrook Baptist Church, Fort Bend Community Church, St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Cypress Bible Church, Grace Fellowship of Ft. Bend
  • People: Lisa Blackard, Edd Hendee, Rebekah Maddux El-Hakam, Robin Moore, TL Grover, Jennifer Tunehag, Mark Harris, Jessica Meyer, Hilary Rock, Ragan Savedra, Melvin Huang, Myra Yang, Naomi Bang, Ben Waters, Betsy Denson, JennaDee Detro, Leslie Natale, Rhonda Graff, Rachel Boone, Lauren England, Rebecca Allen, Krysta Williams, Sally McDonald, Sally Sooby, Omar Garcia, John Melsness, Stephanie Newman, William Taylor, Allana Manning, Paul and Christin Thonnard, Wayne Stark, Paul Kalil, Katie Laitkep, Vanessa Floyd, Caitlin Levine, Rebecca Campbell, Laura Broussard, Ann and Bill McCulloch
  • Organizations: Taste of Texas, Rice University, Houston Baptist University, University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law, Texas A&M University, Breakaway Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary, Houston Bar Association, June Adcox Photography, College of Biblical Studies, Studio Detro, Rockwell Foundation, BP, El Paso Corporation, Radiant Cosmetics, National Christian Foundation
Internships/College Opportunities
  • This year, we had three wonderful college interns and hosted a missions team from Texas A&M University.
  • We are grateful for the support of the following Texas A&M groups: Sigma Phi Lambda, BYX, Chi Omega, FREE and Freedom Movement. We have also enjoyed working with students from Rice University, College of Biblical Studies, and Houston Baptist University.
  • Free the Captives is currently accepting intern applications for 2013.

Dear Friends,

Thank YOU for making all of this work possible through your prayers and support! Your help and time has truly made the difference in the fight against human trafficking. You have given these girls a voice. As we celebrate Christmas, let us all be thankful for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and His birth, death, and resurrection!

For His Name and Glory,
Free the Captives

Free the Captives is a 501(c)(3) interdenominational anti-human trafficking non-profit.

Our mailing address is:
Free the Captives
PO Box 940187
Houston, TX  77094

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