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Tarrant County 5 Stones January 2022 Meeting

Here is our recorded meeting link and chat notes for our 5 Stones January 2022 meeting!

Our January 5 Stones meeting featured Mikey Betancourt, Program Specialist with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, as he discussed how DFPS is responding to the growing concern of trafficking among youth.  

Here is the link to the recorded meeting:
https://cutt.ly/5StonesJanuary2022

Here is Mikey’s presentation deck:
https://cutt.ly/5StonesJan2022PresentationDeck

The chat log is how our audience was able to introduce themselves and their agencies.  Here is the link to the chat log:
https://cutt.ly/5StonesJan2022ChatLog

This month we had two agency announcements:

  • Felicia Grantham :
    • We now have the 5 Stones Foundation that will raise funds and give grants to eligible taskforce member agencies, so we have had to change our membership process.  There is now an application and vetting process.  Please email [email protected]fortworthtexas.gov to inquire about becoming a member agency.  
  • LaTasha Jackson-McDougle – Cheryl’s Voice
    • Victory Over Violence Walk is Saturday April 9, 2022.  Visit www.vovfw.org for more information.    

For those wanting to get more involved, follow the link below to see a list of ways you can participate in anti-trafficking efforts!

How Can I Help List:
https://cutt.ly/HowCanIHelpList

Thank you for joining us!  

Felicia Grantham, Founder
Tarrant County 5-Stones Taskforce

TC 5 Stones January 2022

This month we heard from FWPD for case updates, then our main presentation was given by Program Specialist Mikey Betancourt with the Department of Family and Protective Services as he discussed how the agency has responded to the growing concern of trafficking among CPS youth.

Mikey Betancourt, Program Specialist Mikey Betancourt is a Program Specialist with DFPS Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Division. He currently serves as the team lead and liaison to our Care Coordination Team state partners that consist of the Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team Regional Administrators, and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas. Mikey co-chairs and facilitates the Administration for Children and Families Region VI Human Trafficking Screening Tools and Law Analysis Work Groups. Mikey also leads the division’s faith-based efforts in partnership with Shared Hope International in implementing the Faith-In-Action program to congregations across the state of Texas.

Mikey has over 25 years of non-profit servant leadership experience and has honed his leadership philosophy of ‘Opportunity provides an atmosphere of Growth’. His career highlights are conducting over 3,400 forensic interviews for multidisciplinary teams at six CACs in Texas, serving as the executive director at three Child Advocacy Centers, was the founding executive director for the Children’s Alliance of South Texas CAC, and lead the development of the Dallas CAC Child Sex Trafficking division and creation of the Dallas County Coordinated Care Team initiated by the Texas Office of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team.

Mikey is passionate about bridging gaps and bringing people together to work towards common goals for the greater good of the mission and vision of DFPS and the HTCE division.