The Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance is a joint project of the Houston Police Department (HPD) and the YMCA International Services of Greater Houston (YMCA), and is jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). It is co-led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Texas (USAO/SDTX). By bringing together law enforcement and non-governmental agencies, HTRA works to combat human trafficking in the Greater Houston Metro area.
* Members of the HTRA Executive Core Team
YMCA International – Houston operating under a grant from Dept. of Justice – Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is the primary contact agency when a human trafficking victim has been identified and is in need of services.
United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) is the lead agency for managing the Victim Service Providers Group for HTRA which is managed in the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC). The HRRC is made up of both the Victim Service Providers Group and the Awareness and Prevention Group. There are approximately 70 agencies between these two groups.
Policies and protocols for services for victims are determined HTRA Victim Services Committee consisting of the Victim Coordinators from the Dept. of Justice – United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, Homeland Security Investigations, Houston Police Department, Harris County District Attorney’s Office. This committee also includes experts from the Pro Bono Legal Group, The Landing, BCFS Common Thread, and UAHT/HRRC.
The Office of the Governor of Texas – Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) is a vital partner with HTRA and has provided comprehensive protocols for the Care Coordination of Minors by training, utilizing, and resourcing existing agencies to provide quality care to juvenile sex trafficking victims once they have been identified.
* Member of the HTRA Core Executive Team