Child Sex Trafficking - Recover

To ensure that survivors are treated not as perpetrators but with trauma-informed care, CSTT is building the capacity and expertise of existing child protection, juvenile justice, criminal justice, and healthcare systems to improve existing responses to exploited youth. CSTT is also developing new services to assist in the recovery of victims: drop-in centers, emergency and long-term residential services, and advocacy/case management programs that provide crisis intervention, ongoing case management, and healthy, supportive relationships that help survivors heal and thrive.

CSTT is also partnering with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas to develop Survivor Care Coordination processed for multi-disciplinary teams made up of law enforcement, child protection, juvenile justice, and medical and community services. Care Coordination will ensure that the response to an identified victim will be child-centered, trauma-informed and coordinated for maximum effect and support for the child.

CSTT further supports recovery by:

  • Enhancing the National Human Trafficking Hotline to help with timely recovery of victims and effective referrals;
  • Training and equipping all stakeholders to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed responses

Resources

Programs Supported by Grants from the Office of the Governor

Care Coordination Agencies

Care Coordinators convene and facilitate multi-disciplinary care coordination teams that plan and deliver services for child sex trafficking survivors in the short and long-term. CSTT has helped local communities build care coordination teams in Texas’ largest urban areas and is working with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas to develop them throughout the state. In Harris County, the care coordinator for commercially sexually exploited youth is Harris County Child Protective Services.

To access care coordination for a minor child victim of trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

Specialized Child Sex Trafficking Advocacy Programs

Advocates provide support for law enforcement operations and immediate crisis management, supportive trust-based relationships, and long term case management for survivors.

  • Traffick911 (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant)
  • For the Silent (Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Kaufman, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood)
  • Unbound Fort Worth (Tarrant)
  • UnBound Houston (Brazoria, Galveston)
  • BCFS Central Texas (Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Caldwell, Comal, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Hays, Hill, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Limestone, McLennan, McMullen, Medina, Williamson, Wilson)
  • BCFS RGV (Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Real, Starr, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Willacy, Zapata)
  • BCFS Greater Houston (Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller)
  • SAFE Alliance (Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Hays, Travis, Williamson)
  • Voice of Hope (Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hockley, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry, Yoakum)
  • YMCA International Services (Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller)
  • Paso del Norte Center of Hope (El Paso)
  • Regional Crime Victim Crisis Center (Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Haskell, Jones, Knox, Shackleford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Throckmorton)
  • Alamo Area Rape Crisis Center (Bexar)
  • Sojourn Landing (Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Waller)
  • Harvest House (Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Tyler)
  • Refugee Services of Texas (Travis, Harris, Cameron)

Drop-In Centers

These programs provide for immediate needs, including safety planning, crisis counseling, and opportunities for engagement in services for youth who are likely victims of sex trafficking.

  • El Paso Center for Children

Emergency Shelters

Emergency placements are available 24/7 to provide survivors with physical safety, safety planning, and immediate trauma-responsive case management to meet their basic needs.