Child Sex Trafficking - Archived Webinars

Trauma-Informed Recipe for Emergency and Long-Term Residential Services—the Secret Ingredient that You Didn’t Know You Already Have

Presented on October 8, 2020
Tara Roussett. CEO of SJRC, discusses her agency's emergency and long-term residential programs for pregnant and parenting CSEY, lessons learned so far, and how their simple yet profound approach works.

Healthy v. Harmful Dance for Children

Presented on September 10, 2020
Mary Bawden, Founder & CEO of Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited (DA:NCE), will share information from experts on the effects of sexualized dance, including sexual exploitation, on young children and teens and what we can do to help curb this practice.

The Attorney General of Texas’ Role in Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking

Presented on August 13, 2020
Cara Pierce and her team from the Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section (HTTOC) discusses lessons learned in her career prosecuting trafficking and her team’s strategy to increase prosecuting in Texas.

Legal Representation for CSEY and Former Foster Youth

Presented on July 9, 2020
Mary Christine Reed with the Texas Rural Legal Aide’s Foster Youth Justice Project discusses legal services available to youth who have aged out of the foster care system and other vulnerable youth, including sexually exploited youth.

No Buyers No Business - CEASE Texas

Presented on June 11, 2020
Jamey Carthuers with CHILDREN AT RISK discusses the basics of CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Texas and how it operates, a “sex market landscape” for each of the CEASE regions, and explore how the attitudes and actions of both exploited individuals and sex buyers are changing in the face of COVID-19.

Familial Trafficking Investigations

Presented on March 12, 2020
Sergeant Jason Lundquist with the Waco Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit discusses The State vs. Trey Allan Cartwright case and lessons learned from a complex trafficking investigation.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s Strategies and Partnership Opportunities

Presented on February 13, 2020
Members of TABC discuss their role in combatting human trafficking by identifying criminal activity in TABC-licensed establishments and shutting them down. The 86th Legislative Session amended the Alcoholic Beverage Code to make combatting human trafficking and related practices, TABC’s #1 priority.

Project 180 – A Pilot Project to Divert Exploited Persons from Prostitution Prosecutions and to Identify and Prosecute Traffickers

Presented on December 12, 2019
Johna Stallings with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office discusses insights learned from Project 180 in its first 18 months, including 1) Are people arrested for prostitution (selling) responding positively to the diversion program and accessing help to get out of “the life”? 2) What is the impact of shifting resources from prostitution cases to prosecuting traffickers? And 3) Based on what we’ve learned so far, what tweaks should be made to the pilot in the next 18 months to improve.

Ending Child Exploitation in Texas: Progress, Hope and What We've Learned So Far

Presented on November 14, 2019
Andrea Sparks, Director of the Child Sex Trafficking Team, discusses the progress made and lessons learned from the first 3 years of operation in addressing the sexual exploitation of child and youth.

Human Trafficking Legislative Updates

Presented on October 3, 2019
Todd Latiolais with the Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team discusses information about laws passed during the 86th Legislative Session which impact the issue of human trafficking.