Child Sex Trafficking - Restore

Long-term trafficking victims often experience a loss of identify along with major financial and healthcare issues. These create barriers to educational and career advances as well as in securing stable housing.

Complex trauma takes a lifetime of healing. Lengthy periods of stability can be interrupted by a triggering event that re-traumatizes and provokes relapse. But according to experts, each relapse is an opportunity to learn to combat triggers and grow stronger.

It takes time because you have been deeply defined by someone with power and control over you — you feel powerless.

CST survivor

CSTT’s goal is to empower survivors.

CSTT is leveraging, developing and funding services beyond crisis stabilization and treatment, helping survivors to develop the internal resilience and external resources needed to avoid and manage triggers and rebound from relapse episodes.

CSTT has several strategies to shift the focus from surviving to thriving, including:

  • Equipping all stakeholders to provide victim-centered, trauma informed response and ongoing services;
  • Building capacity within child welfare and juvenile systems to serve victims;
  • Developing community services for victims;
  • Developing a variety of placements youth can access when needed.

These essential services are offered through a continuum of care in each of five regions: North, South, East, West and Central Texas.

Resources

Programs Supported by Grants from the Office of the Governor

  • DFPS Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Team
  • Meadows Mental Health Policy Toolkit for Communities to Address Child Sex Trafficking (coming soon)
  • Freedom Place: Freedom Place is the first specialized residential treatment center in Texas for child trafficking victims. The program serves domestic female victims of sex trafficking ages 9-18, and admittance is voluntary.
  • Specialized Foster Care Programs: Specialized foster care projects that can provide trauma-informed placements and services for child sex trafficking victims.