November 8, 2018 by HCDE Communications
The Arizona mother shares her daughter’s story of physical abuse, psychological terror, manipulation, rape and sex trafficking at the Human Trafficking Summit on Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington, Houston, Texas.
The event hosted by Children At Risk and HCDE’s Center for Safe and Secure Schools (CSSS) is $20 for adults and $5 for students. Breakfast and lunch are included, and parking is free. Register at https://t.co/Iwh9XOXv91 .
“The purpose of the Human Trafficking Summit is to focus on the problem of human trafficking together and find multi-pronged solutions to end it,” said Ecomet Burley, director for the CSSS.
Presenters include Christina Crenshaw, professor from Baylor University who researches human trafficking prevention education and serves on several state anti-trafficking taskforces. Restorative practices expert Eloise Sepeda talks about helping to heal survivors of violence and exploitation. Christopher Greeley of Texas Children’s Hospital speaks about child abuse and neglect. Other speakers include HCDE’s David McGeary and Sergeant John Wahl, Houston Police Department.
Children At Risk attorney Caroline Roberts shares the following statistics about human trafficking:
• 35,000 Texas children attend school within 1,000 feet of a suspected illegal massage business.
• 900,000 children attend school within a mile of a suspected front for human trafficking.
• 78,996 minor and youth sex trafficking victims were reported in Texas.
• 1 in 5 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2015 were likely sex trafficking victims.
• 75 percent of likely victims were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
• Abuse, neglect, interaction with Foster Care or the Juvenile Justice System and substance abuse are risk factors for human trafficking.