Today we’re publishing a special story. It’s a true story about human trafficking, but not one you’ve likely heard before.
This is a story about how data is reshaping the movement to end human trafficking, and the network of everyday Texans driving it.
The story stretches from the banks of the Rio Grande and the streets of Laredo to the halls of power at the State Capitol in Austin. The most compelling part of this project was hearing the personal stories of the people we have the distinct honor to call partners in this work.
People like Bryn, meeting a victim for the first time at a gas station. Or Helen, coordinating care for a trafficked 16-year-old who just gave birth. Or Judge Mireles, presiding over cases in her child protection court.
As you read, perhaps you’ll see yourself somewhere in this story. At the very least, I’ll know you’ll be inspired by the compassion and audacity of the characters you meet.
I believe we each have the opportunity to protect freedom and dignity. This is our collective story, and you are invited to be a character. What part will you play?