Contrary to popular images, victims of trafficking are rarely locked away in a room or chained to a door. Victims are bound by emotional and mental bonds and through addiction. This physical mobility means that they are interacting with the world while their victimization and abuse goes undetected. We want every man, woman and child experiencing trafficking to have the chance to be seen and offered help. This is where you come in.
We focus on those professionals who may stand in the gap between a victim and their trafficker, providing trainings to law enforcement, medical professionals, business owners, school faculty and staff, bus and taxi drivers and more.
The crime is allowed to thrive because it hides in plain sight.
We believe it is essential for the community to understand, identify and be able to effectively respond to human trafficking so that no one falls through the cracks.
We love to speak to civic organizations, religious groups, service fraternities, business groups and other community gatherings to equip whole communities to find their place in the fight against trafficking.
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Identification Tool (CSE-IT) is a screening tool meant to assist professionals in identifying children and youth who are commercially sexually exploited developed by West Coast Children’s Center. It has been adopted and endorsed for widespread use across the State of Texas by the Child Sex Trafficking Team in the Office of the Governor.
The CSE-IT User Training prepares participants to use the CSE-IT in their work settings. It includes an orientation to the tool, a description of CSE-It indicators, scoring instructions, and possible next steps. To use the CSE-IT well, users also need foundational knowledge provided by the training, including an understanding of commercial sexual exploitation, an understanding of trauma, and a review of helpful approaches and engagement skills. The CSE-IT tool, combined with increased awareness and understanding of commercial sexual exploitation, enhances users’ ability to identify children and youth who have experienced this abuse. You may request an in person training in the Houston area or a virtual training at the link below.