Help Fight Human Trafficking

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. DFPS makes fighting against human trafficking a priority, and strives to improve awareness, services, and prevention efforts to help eradicate trafficking in Texas. Please see this participation guide, which contains ideas and activities that anyone can use to help fight human trafficking.


Highlights

A Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking: January 10 - January 16, 2022

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott announced that the Governor's Response Against Child Exploitation (GRACE) initiative will host the second annual Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking from January 10 through January 16, 2022. The statewide interfaith week of prayer coincides with Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the state of Texas and serves as a call to action to the faith-based community to unite in prayer, learn more about human trafficking, and discern opportunities to prevent exploitation and support survivors.

GRACE will launch the Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking through a virtual interfaith kickoff event January 10 at 6 p.m. on Facebook. The event will include remarks from the First Lady and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jaime Masters, prayer, and a panel discussion of faith leaders and members of the Office of the Governor's Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT).

Wear Blue Day: January 11, 2022

January 11 is National Human Trafficking Day. Join DFPS staff and take photos of friends, family, yourself and colleagues wearing blue clothing, and then share them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – along with the #WearBlueDay hashtag. Anyone can participate. All you need is a piece of blue clothing! Be sure to tag DFPS on social media using handle: @TexasDFPS

Email your photos to: HumanTrafficking@dfps.texas.gov

Light the Way End Human Trafficking: Lunch and Learn Series 2022

Every Friday in January, DFPS hosted webinars with subject matter experts during the lunch hour to speak about various human trafficking intersections and topics.

Watch the Lunch and Learn Series 2022 recordings.

Blue Lights in Texas

Blue lights in the month of January symbolize support for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Show your support with blue lights from your porch, home, business, organization to your place of worship. Can't light a whole building blue? Feel free to be creative and let your #TXBlueLights shine. Be sure to tag DFPS on social media using handle: @TexasDFPS

Email your photos to: HumanTrafficking@dfps.texas.gov

Texas Blue Sand Project

The Blue Sand Project is a great outdoor project and free way to get involved in the movement to end this hideous crime. Get blue sand from your local craft store, spread it around to fill in the cracks of the sidewalk, post a photo and tag it with #TXBlueSandProject. Help us send the message that this crime will not be tolerated in Texas. We can prevent trafficking victims from falling through the cracks if we all take the time to educate ourselves about the warning signs of trafficking.

For information about trafficking prevention and reporting in Texas, visit the Human Trafficking Section of the Texas Attorney General’s website or email HumanTrafficking@oag.texas.gov.


Human Trafficking Prevention Month History

President Obama proclaimed January as the Human Trafficking Prevention Month in 2010. Following the start of Human Trafficking Prevention Month, National Human Trafficking Day began and is observed annually on January 11.

During the Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the priority is to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others.

Victims of human trafficking are often invisible because we do not recognize indicators of human trafficking. Identifying signs of human trafficking and reporting a tip may save a life.

Together, every Texan can protect and help those who have been trafficked heal and bring offenders to justice. Be informed and attend an event!

Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it - in partnership with you. The change we seek will not come easy, but we can draw strength from the movements of the past. For we know that every life saved - in the words of that great Proclamation - is 'an act of justice' worthy of 'the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.'

- President Barack Obama, September 25, 2012