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Not Alone: Putting Survivor Leadership in the Spotlight

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.

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Addressing Systemic Racism in our Everyday Work

During February, we spent all month sharing on social media about the intersection of race and human trafficking. While data on human trafficking victims is limited, it’s clear that Black people are disproportionately affected.

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Video: Adapting to protect human rights in the midst of a global pandemic

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.

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A Letter from the Allies Board

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.

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Using Data to Free People from Human Trafficking

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.

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A Partnership to Stop Trafficking at Scale

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.

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The Best Way to Build is Together

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.

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A Technology Partnership to Fight Trafficking

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.

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Why Juneteenth is called America’s Other Independence Day

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.

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Becoming Allies: Resources on Race and Racial Justice

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..

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Equipping Texas to Protect Freedom and Dignity with Lighthouse

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.

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How You Can Be An Ally During COVID-19

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.

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Hope in the Midst of Crisis

What does it look like to hope in the midst of crisis? This is not an intellectual exercise. Hear from Allies’ President & CEO on how our team is staying focused on our mission, with hope.

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New partnership puts survivors at the center of statewide data initiative to combat human trafficking in Texas

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.

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How I Failed at Retirement

I spent over three decades in the tech industry, on a long, wild ride at IBM. Late in 2017, I was weeks from retiring, clearing my plate and anticipating freedom when curiosity got the better of me and I applied for a Fellowship program with Leadership Austin. In March 2018, after just two months off, I was back at work.

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