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Texas Governor’s Office Awards Grant to Build a Data Platform to Combat Human Trafficking Statewide
With support from the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, Allies Against Slavery launches data initiative to prevent exploitation and protect survivors.
AUSTIN, Texas (November 21, 2019) – The Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) in the Office of the Texas Governor awarded a grant to Allies Against Slavery to launch the Lighthouse Data Initiative to analyze and visualize human trafficking data statewide.
“The state of Texas will not tolerate human trafficking,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “We will use all of the tools available, including cutting edge data and technology, to stop human traffickers and identify ways to better serve victims. Working together, we will reach our goal of eradicating human trafficking from Texas.”
The current landscape of information about human trafficking is fragmented. Over the next year, Allies will architect a platform to collect and compare data from local, regional, and national sources, providing clearer insight about what trafficking looks like in Texas.
“Texas has made great strides to combat human trafficking, yet the hidden nature of the crime makes it difficult to see and respond to, much less measure,” said John Nehme, CEO of Allies Against Slavery. “The Lighthouse Data Initiative will illuminate this problem so we can better understand the experiences of victims and learn from trends to proactively disrupt exploitation. We applaud the CSTT’s commitment to preventing and protecting people in Texas from this human rights abuse.”
Stakeholders will use the analytical capabilities of the Lighthouse platform to discover previously unseen connections in the data. The goal of the initiative is to help Texas build the collective intelligence necessary to create effective, data-driven solutions to human trafficking.
“Lighthouse will help our state increase victim identification, provide the best survivor services, inform strategic planning, and craft policy,” said Nehme. “Traffickers are using technology to exploit, but we can use it for good. At the end of the day, data is a powerful tool that helps tell the story of how we can best protect freedom and dignity.”
About Allies Against Slavery
Allies Against Slavery harnesses the power of technology, data, and partnerships to protect freedom and dignity. Lighthouse is a platform built by Allies Against Slavery to help identify victims, coordinate care, and understand trends in data. Together we can stop human trafficking by illuminating the signs and taking action. Allies is located in Austin, Texas. Learn more at www.alliesagainstslavery.org
About the Child Sex Trafficking Team, Office of the Governor
The Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) in the Office of the Governor is fighting to end this crime and to help its young victims. Our mission is to build sustainable capacity, enhance expertise, promote policies, and create new and leverage existing collaborations to:
- Protect children from sexual exploitation
- Help the public recognize signs of sexual exploitation
- Help victims recover
- Support healing
- Bring justice to those who exploit children.