Using a holistic approach to tackle the issue of human trafficking is vital to us. We have developed multiple strategies to address the immediate needs in front of us, as well as far-reaching, long term goals.  Our strategies fall into four key areas:

  • Acting as a representative voice – When we speak as one, the Church has the potential to be an incredible force for good on earth.  We can have a powerful impact on the culture, and in the lives of countless individuals. Concerning the issue of human trafficking, The Alliance has stepped up to act as a collective, representative voice of the Church in Houston. In cooperation with all of our strategic partner churches, we represent the Church to a wide variety of government agencies and NGOs, including the City of Houston, law enforcement agencies, the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, Demand Abolition’s CEASE network,  and United Against Human Trafficking’s Rescue and Restore Coalition.
  • Joining Resources – We enable churches and anti-trafficking organizations to combine their financial and other resources to achieve the maximum possible impact. Through strategic cooperation, resources can be directed to the best uses in both the short-term and the long-term.
  • Stewarding resources with Integrity and Transparency – We make life easier for our partner churches by doing the work they would otherwise need to do.  Through rigorous vetting and interviewing selected partner organizations we fund, churches can feel confident factors such as transparency, governance, leadership, and impact of their organization on the community. Additionally, we partner with them to ensure good stewardship of the financial resources we direct to them.

a) Raising awareness, educating and empowering individuals;There are enough people trapped in slavery right now to fill up Minute Maid Park 1,093 times, yet many people still do not know about human trafficking, nor have have any idea it is happening in their own communities.   One of the most powerful tools we’ve created for our partner churches to raise awareness, educate and empower, is the GoBox, our anti-human trafficking toolkit. Through the diverse and unique opportunities we present for people to serve, there are multiple ways for individuals to engage their unique gifts and connect with organizations. From mentoring survivors to speaking with sex-buyers on cyber-patrols, there are both familiar and unexpected opportunities for people to make an impact.

b) Addressing the demand

c) Engaging the Church collectively; throughout the year we present opportunities for local churches to come together and work collectively on a specific project or volunteer opportunity. One example of this has been the GoBag Project. Our churches collected approximately 1000 survivor care bags, consisting of warm-ups, flip-flops, and other items that they could give to victims when a raid occurs. These are given out to FBI, HPD, and other organizations who work with victims and survivors who need them.

a) Targeted and strategic funding we are able to donate financial help to the initiatives that will make the most impact in the city. We don’t reinvent the wheel. Where we see great work being done, we get behind it.

b) Connecting our partners with our church members

c) Collaboration

d) Working on identifying and sharing best practice

“You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed”. – John Bunyan

Prayer is not a last resort when we don’t know what else to do –  it is the most important work of justice, and everything else we do hinges upon it.  God wants us to come to Him with bold, believing prayers. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” Then a few verses later in James 5:16 we read, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

This belief is at the root of all we do as an Alliance, as we ask God to show us and lead us in fighting this injustice.