Mission: HRRC exists to prevent and confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action for the purpose of identifying, rescuing and restoring trafficking victims to freedom.
Results: • Produced an effective media campaign to education the community about human trafficking, which includes multi-lingual billboards, taxi cab signs, airport shuttle sign and mall signs. These messages have been successful as Houston leads cities across the nation with the highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.
• Established a city-wide Human Trafficking Awareness Month, officially proclaimed by the Mayor of Houston for the last five years. The 2011 Human Trafficking Awareness Month was our biggest and most successful to date with events ranging from a human trafficking awareness bus tour to a 5K Fun Run/Walk.
• Over the past four years, HRRC has trained over 18,000 people about the issue of human trafficking, including professionals such as law enforcement agents, child protective services and health care professionals who play a key role in identifying potential victims of this crime.
• Developed a comprehensive health care training program on human trafficking called Human Trafficking and the Health Care Professional: Look Beneath the Surface and H.E.A.R Your Patient. This program educates health professionals on how to identify victims in the clinic setting and assisting health care systems in establishing protocols on human trafficking in their clinics and has received CME accreditation.
• Launched a new prevention training program initiative with at-risk youth adapting the My Life, My Choice curriculum. The program aims to prevent youth from falling victim to labor and sexual exploitation. It is the first time this program has been implemented in the State of Texas. HRRC is also working on developing a boy prevention program to be launched in Fall 2012.
• Completed a Field Assessment on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Harris and Galveston County that will be used by local officials and agencies as a guide to develop better services for this victim population.
• Launched a campaign to establish Houston as one of the largest Fair-Trade cities. In acknowledgement of our efforts, HRRC has been selected by Fair Trade Towns USA to participate in an immersion trip to the Dominican Republic to see how the Fair Trade system works on the ground.
Geographic areas served: The counties of Harris, Montgomery, Ft. Bend, Galveston and Waller.
Programs: • Front-line Professional Training Program
Training is an essential aspect of how HRRC addresses the human trafficking problem. In order for victims to be rescued, more community professionals need to have a greater understanding of the issue and how to identify a potential victim.
• Prevention Programs
HRRC believes that one of the way to address human trafficking is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
• Community Awareness Presentations
One of HRRC’s main objectives is to educate the public about the issue of human trafficking. We achieve this goal through our community awareness presentations to groups such as churches and rotary clubs.
• Human Trafficking Awareness Month
This annual event, now it is sixth year, is officially proclaimed by the Mayor of Houston (as Human Trafficking Awareness Month) and takes place during the month of September each year.
• The Look Beneath the Surface Traveling Art Exhibit
The art exhibit was developed to promote awareness about human trafficking through the eyes of local professional and young artists who have artistically interpreted the stories and experiences of human trafficking survivors.
HRRC’s Volunteer Program
On January 1, 2011 HRRC launched its new volunteer program. In order to volunteer with HRRC you must attend a Volunteer Orientation. The Volunteer Orientation will help the potential volunteer gain a better understanding of human trafficking, our organization, and the opportunities we have for individuals to get involved or volunteer in the local anti-human trafficking movement.
HRRC’s Subcontracted Outreach Projects
On July 1, 2011 HRRC was awarded a three year contract with the Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the purpose of this contract was to build capacity in the community around the issue of human trafficking through subcontracted programs to appropriate organizations in the community that could have the greatest impact in the area of human trafficking.
For additional information about our various programs please visit our website: http://www.houstonrr.org/about-us/current-projects-activities/
I believe Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition is doing a tremendous job of helping us be aware of human trafficking, speak for the victims, and above all helping to eradicate this horrendous acts of cruelty. God hears, and feels all the cries of those oppressed, and enslaved. God has a plan for the traffickers, the ones who work with the traffickers, and the ones who know something and do nothing to stop it. Those of you who are enslaving, Jesus is coming, and you will feel God's wrath.
I learned of human trafficking about 2 years ago. I was enlightened about this injustice thanks to the Pastors of my church. I am thankful to know about this global concern and would like to learn more and become involved in helping in anyway that I can. I wonder how many more people are out there in the dark about this issue just as I was. I want the world to know about this issue in order to do our best to bring change and healing to the lives of those who have been sabotaged and to work on ending this darkness that has devastated so many lives.
I recent;y found out about what the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition is doing.This month have been learning about trafficking and human rights issues and I was able to see HRRC courtesy of University of Houston Clearlake. Please don't underestimate what the power of acknowledgment and getting the information out there can do. I learned so much and I am grateful to know that I live in a city where organizations like this exist and take, full on, hard issues of human rights, structured abuse, and laws. Thank you for sharing the information and I look forward to volunteering.
Houston Rescue and Restore runs a very lean organization. They know how to treat their volunteers, which creates a pool of very happy, very talented leveragable resources. As a grantwriter in the non-profit world, I see HRR as a company to emulate.