IT'S OUR TIME TO MAKE HISTORY
More than 30 million slaves live in our world today, forced to work against their will, sold as prostitutes, becoming child soldiers.
HOUSTON IS A HUB
In the United States, Houston is a major human trafficking destination and distribution point due in part to the city's demographics and geography:
- Proximity to the Mexican border.
- Proximity to a major port.
- Diverse labor force.
- I-10 is a main route for traffickers.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We are a non-profit coffee shop doing our part to end human-trafficking in our city. Our mission:
EDUCATE: To provide an avenue for awareness of the issue of human-trafficking in Houston.
FUND: To be a money-making engine to fund after-care solutions for survivors, including housing, mentoring, tutoring, job-skills, and other necessary skills for reintegration into society.
PARTNER: To work alongside other anti-trafficking organizations to raise awareness, generate interest, and engage the public to take action in anti-trafficking initiatives.
SEPT 2011: Incorporated through the Secretary of State. Filed for 501(c)(3) status.
DEC 2011: With new brand in hand, began presenting to small groups, work events, churches, farmers markets, holiday markets, etc.
APR 2012: Received 501(c)(3) status. Raised awareness through "All Aboard" event.
JUN 2012: Opened "Incubator" location to develop processes, train volunteers, and raise awareness.
SUMMER/FALL 2012: Continue to develop our partnerships with other anti-trafficking organizations in Houston. Provide awareness opportunities for the community such as book clubs, monthly film screening, etc.
JAN 2012: Meet initial goal of $100,000 to cover equipment, renovations, and inventory.
SUMMER 2013: Soft Opening.
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