January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and all month long, families, businesses, organizations, and communities all across Texas and the United States have participated in events, recognized special days, and worn blue, all to raise awareness about human trafficking in an attempt to prevent this violent crime.

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