|Mayor Parker to Announce Human Trafficking|
Public Awareness Campaign
Campaign calls on citizens to
"Shine a Light on Human Trafficking"
Mayor Annise Parker - City of Houston
Human Trafficking Task Force Members:
Maria Trujillo, Task Force Chair, Houston Area Rescue & Restore Coalition
Ed Gonzalez, Mayor Pro Tem, Houston City Council Member, District H
Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Ruben Perez, Assistant U.S. Attorney & Chief, Civil Rights/Human Trafficking Unit, Southern District of Texas, U.S. Department of Justice
Ann Johnson, Assistant District Attorney, Harris Country District Attorney’s Office
Judge Angela E. Ellis, Associate Judge, Harris County Court #315 & Presiding Judge of GIRLS Court (Growing Independence and Restoring Lives)
Captain Charles Dunn, Vice Division, Houston Police Department
Officer Larry D. Frank, Houston Police and Clergy Alliance
Dr. Diana Quintana, Deputy Director, Health Services Division, Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
Diane Trautman, Member, Board of Trustees, Harris County Department of Education
Wafa Abdin, Vice President of Immigration Legal Services, Catholic Charities
Dawn Lew, Attorney, Children at Risk
“Shine a Light on Human Trafficking” Campaign Announcement
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – immediately following Houston City Council meeting
City Council meets at 9 a.m.
Houston City Council Chambers, City Hall, 901 Bagby, 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77002
Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be joined by members of the Human Trafficking Task Force for the announcement of a new campaign, “Shine a Light on Human Trafficking,” September 4, 2013. The announcement will take place in City Hall’s council chambers immediately following the scheduled Houston City Council meeting.
Coinciding with September's observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the campaign is designed to get citizens involved in identifying and reporting suspected human trafficking to authorities.
Known as “modern day slavery,” human trafficking is defined as the buying and selling of people for the purpose of forced, defrauded or coerced services, labor or sex. The crime includes the victimization of adults and children.
Houston is considered a hub for human trafficking. In 2012, 9.2 percent of all calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline originated in Texas, comprising the second highest in the country. A majority of those calls orginated in Houston.
The campaign’s website www.shinealighthouston.org will serve as an online hub where citizens can access event listings, information on how they can help stop human trafficking and related resources.
“Shine a Light on Human Trafficking” is an initiative of the Office of International Communities (OIC), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). For more information, visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.