The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is now accepting nominations for the Light the Way to End Human Trafficking Award, which will be presented at the 2022 Summit. DFPS staff and external partners are encouraged to submit nominations.

Deadline Extended: Submit nominations  by 11:59 p.m. on  March 20, 2022.

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About the Award

First awarded in 2019, the Light the Way to End Human Trafficking Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of human rights and anti-trafficking initiatives.  

The award is symbolized by a crystal star. Human trafficking is a dark issue and stellar work in the fight against human trafficking shines bright like a star in a dark sky. The darker the night, the brighter the star shines.

Selection Criteria

The recipients of the Light the Way End Human Trafficking Award should be someone who:

  • Acts to serve and protect human rights.
  • Let’s their light shine in the anti-trafficking field through their actions and choices.
  • Motivates others to reach for the stars in the fight against child abuse and human trafficking.

The winner must have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the advancement of human rights and anti-trafficking initiatives and efforts. The recipient must stand out as an individual who is well respected and has demonstrated a genuine passion for anti-trafficking work. In other words, the award recognizes not just achievement but also passion for the cause and standing among peers. 

How to Submit a Nomination


  • Nominations must be for individuals involved in anti-trafficking efforts in Texas.
  • Nominations must state the nominee’s qualifications and all the reasons why the nominee is deserving of the award, along with any supporting information or data.
  • Late or incomplete nomination forms will not be considered.

Download the Nomination Form

To submit a nomination, email the completed nomination form along with all supporting documents to DFPS Human Trafficking Summit inbox by the extended deadline:  11:59 p.m. on March 20, 2022.