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about compassion, sustainability, and equality.

Trafficking Myths

Human trafficking is a complex issue that is, unfortunately, frequently misunderstood. Whether through Hollywood’s portrayals or news, many people do not have an accurate view of what human trafficking is and who is most at risk.

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Who Traffickers Target

In many ways, human trafficking is as much of an economic problem as it is a social justice issue. Traffickers see exploitation as a lucrative supply-and-demand business, with its victims as an expendable commodity.

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A Letter from the Board

Light as a source of hope in the darkness is the inspiration for a new initiative we’re launching called the Lightkeepers Collective!

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Lighthouse Update

With schools reopening, pumpkin spice products lining the shelves, and (slightly) cooler weather on the horizon, autumn is upon us in Texas! We hope you are enjoying the start to fall as much as we are.

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Back to School: Resources to Keep Kids Safe

This month more than 5 million kids across Texas are heading back to school, signaling the start of all-too-familiar rituals like carpool lines, lunchboxes, old friends, and new teachers. We share data and resources to help keep kids safe.

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Not Alone: Putting Survivor Leadership in the Spotlight

Our team recently had the privilege to visit the Bullock Museum’s exhibit on human trafficking which intentionally highlights survivor’s experiences. We were moved by the information presented, and the powerful stories shared about the importance of survivor leadership.

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Addressing Systemic Racism in our Everyday Work

During February, we spent all month sharing on social media about the intersection of race and human trafficking. While data on human trafficking victims is limited, it’s clear that Black people are disproportionately affected.

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Video: Adapting to protect human rights in the midst of a global pandemic

When COVID 19 made “work-from-home” the new norm for everybody, we realized we had an opportunity with our partners who are on the front lines across the state to rapidly identify victims and manage information in a virtual capacity. This year in review video from the Dropbox Foundation highlights the how the seven Foundation partners, including Allies, navigated a global pandemic in 2020 to continue the fight for human rights.

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A Letter from the Allies Board

Thank you for reading this letter and for the many ways that you support, serve, invest and encourage our team and work. You are essential to the ongoing effort to identify the most vulnerable in our society, extract them from the control and influence of human trafficking, and connect them to the appropriate care.

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Using Data to Free People from Human Trafficking

Earlier this month, Allies announced a major advancement in how Texas is using data to free people from human trafficking. After more than a year in development, we unveiled brand new Lighthouse capabilities that make it the only software to aggregate statewide trends, data, and insights in one place — to better serve survivors.

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A Partnership to Stop Trafficking at Scale

The third installment of our partnership series highlights our work with the Office of the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT). In October 2019, the CSTT awarded Allies a grant to expand Lighthouse’s capabilities, enabling the software to aggregate statewide data, trends, and insights in one place. Our two teams are deeply integrated and provide an inspiring example of how public-social sector partnerships can achieve impact at scale.

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The Best Way to Build is Together

Partnerships are core to our mission. As we embarked on the Lighthouse data initiative in fall 2019, we established a synergistic partnership with AnnieCannons, an organization which transforms survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence into software engineers and entrepreneurs. Learn about our journey together over this past year.

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A Technology Partnership to Fight Trafficking

Collaboration is part of our DNA and fundamental to our mission. With a small but mighty staff, partnerships enable us to scale our capacity and expertise, and are critical to our success. Here we feature our development partnership with Masterworks, a mission-driven marketing agency with expertise in data science.

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