Human Trafficking Prevention Month and GRACE Week of Prayer
Whether we want to admit it or not, human trafficking affects all of our communities. Texas has devoted serious efforts to eradicating this heinous crime from our society. We are committed to educating the public, preventing people from falling into abuse and exploitation, supporting victims in their recovery and healing, and bringing traffickers to justice. While Texas has taken important steps forward, more work still remains ahead.
During Human Trafficking Prevention Month, taking place during the month of January, I encourage Texans to join together in raising awareness about the importance of eliminating human trafficking. During this time, Greg and I encourage all Texans to educate themselves about trafficking, learn to identify the warning signs, and take the action that this crisis demands.
Beginning on Monday, January 9, the GRACE (Governor's Response Against Child Exploitation) initiative will host our third annual Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking. This initiative brings together the Office of the Governor, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), and faith communities all across Texas to help prevent human trafficking and bring hope and healing to survivors of abuse and exploitation. I urge Texans of all faiths to join together with us in prayer and in action this week as we work to put an end to human trafficking once and for all.
Please take the time to read Greg's proclamations recognizing this month and week and reflect on how you can support these efforts during the Week of Prayer, throughout this month of awareness and prevention, and beyond. United together in prayer and in action, we can make a difference in the lives of our fellow Texans.