Texanthropy Spotlight: The Refuge

April 25, 2018

As Child Abuse Prevention Month winds down, I want to highlight one more group doing great work to help children affected by abuse, and in particular, child sex trafficking – The Refuge.

The Refuge is a non-profit serving sex trafficking victims in Central Texas, and their mission is to provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration shelter and services to girls who are survivors of sex trafficking. Importantly, The Refuge helps protect our children by recognizing the threat, and by helping victims to recover and restore their well-being.

As The Refuge puts it, “As more children are identified and rescued from their exploitive situation, there is a growing need for comprehensive, long-term, trauma-informed services to allow the child to heal and live a life of productivity and hope.” Their answer is The Refuge Ranch, a therapeutic retreat to care for minor girls who are victims of sex trafficking. The Refuge Ranch will be located outside of Austin and once completed, it will be the only long-term, residential facility for child survivors in Central Texas, and one of the largest in the country.

As Attorney General and as Governor, Greg has fought his whole career to bring swift justice to those who prey on the vulnerable and to bring comfort and healing to the survivors. The Child Sex Trafficking Team within the Governor’s Office works closely with The Refuge, providing training, tools, technical assistance and funding opportunities as well as support for the wonderful Survivor Sisters Leadership Program that is already making a huge difference in the lives of child victims.

According to the University of Texas, there are an estimated 79,000 child and youth victims of sex trafficking in the State of Texas, and this is only one type of abuse that Texas children fall victim to. Thankfully, with partners like The Refuge, there is hope.