One of the most exciting ways our work has grown in 2021 is through increased advocacy during the 87th Texas Legislative session. Read more about one of our staff members’ personal experiences with new policies.
Our team recently had the privilege to visit the Bullock Museum’s exhibit on human trafficking which intentionally highlights survivor’s experiences. We were moved by the information presented, and the powerful stories shared about the importance of survivor leadership.
Are we getting any closer to ending human trafficking? Asking that question set our team on a six-year journey using technology, data, and partnerships to find the answer.
When COVID 19 made “work-from-home” the new norm for everybody, we realized we had an opportunity with our partners who are on the front lines across the state to rapidly identify victims and manage information in a virtual capacity. This year in review video from the Dropbox Foundation highlights the how the seven Foundation partners, including Allies, navigated a global pandemic in 2020 to continue the fight for human rights.
Thank you for reading this letter and for the many ways that you support, serve, invest and encourage our team and work. You are essential to the ongoing effort to identify the most vulnerable in our society, extract them from the control and influence of human trafficking, and connect them to the appropriate care.
Earlier this month, Allies announced a major advancement in how Texas is using data to free people from human trafficking. After more than a year in development, we unveiled brand new Lighthouse capabilities that make it the only software to aggregate statewide trends, data, and insights in one place — to better serve survivors.
The third installment of our partnership series highlights our work with the Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT). In October 2019, the CSTT awarded Allies a grant to expand Lighthouse’s capabilities, enabling the software to aggregate statewide data, trends, and insights in one place. Our two teams are deeply integrated and provide an inspiring example of how public-social sector partnerships can achieve impact at scale.
Partnerships are core to our mission. As we embarked on the Lighthouse data initiative in fall 2019, we established a synergistic partnership with AnnieCannons, an organization which transforms survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence into software engineers and entrepreneurs. Learn about our journey together over this past year.
Collaboration is part of our DNA and fundamental to our mission. With a small but mighty staff, partnerships enable us to scale our capacity and expertise, and are critical to our success. Here we feature our development partnership with Masterworks, a mission-driven marketing agency with expertise in data science.
Today, one out of every 200 people in the world is a slave. On July 30th, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we share what action we’re taking in the global movement of Allies dedicated to ending this human rights abuse.
On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was first passed, 250,000 slaves in Texas finally learned they were free.
Juneteenth, or what many refer to as America’s other Independence Day, commemorates the announcement that the Civil War had ended and that Lincoln’s proclamation was fully enforceable in the formerly Confederate states.
We’ve compiled resources from Black leaders and community partners here, including tips for talking about race and racial justice with kids, how to practice “non-optical allyship,” and organizations like Be the Bridge, whose mission is to empower people and culture toward racial healing, equity, and reconciliation..
Allies Against Slavery introduced Lighthouse to equip professionals with a tool to identify victims of human trafficking within vulnerable populations. Lighthouse can help identify the signs of trauma and adverse experiences that are prevalent among trafficking victims, enabling social workers, advocates, nurses, law enforcement and other front line professionals to provide targeted care and a path to healing.
COVID is a rapidly evolving situation, creating uncertainty for victims and survivors of human trafficking. What we do know is that home isn’t a safe place for everyone, and many are stuck at home with their abusers. To that end, we invite you to rally with us here at Allies to protect freedom and dignity for trafficking victims in the midst of COVID-19. This blog has a few ways to get involved.
Allies Against Slavery is thrilled to announce a new partnership with AnnieCannons, an organization that works to transform survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence into software professionals. Allies selected AnnieCannons to provide technical support for the Lighthouse Data Initiative, an effort funded by a grant from the Texas Governor’s Office to analyze and visualize human trafficking data across the state.
Today, as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., we are reminded of the centrality of freedom to the human experience: nations fighting for independence, racial and religious groups struggling for just treatment, and individuals persevering to overcome slavery.