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Welcome to the Texas Suspicious Activity Reporting Network iWatchTexas website, where you can report suspicious activities or behaviors that may indicate criminal, terroristic, or school safety-related threats. This is a new way of reporting suspected human trafficking in Texas. It will be processed by law enforcement for law enforcement to get the information to the appropriate agency.
This site is not designed to report emergencies. If this is an emergency, call 911.
 
Every report will be reviewed by analysts. Although not required, providing your contact information will allow follow up questions, and if you prefer to report by telephone, please contact 844-643-2251.
 
IMPORTANT: You can also download the iWatchTexas app for Android and Apple.

If you see something, say something.  The Polaris Project operates a National Hotline for reporting Human Trafficking and to serve as a resource for information regarding suspected human trafficking.

Watch this training below to receive an overview of human trafficking and the current anti-trafficking response in the United States.

This presentation will go over the federal definition of human trafficking and descriptions of sex and labor trafficking.  The presentation will also teach participant how to identify and understand victims and about the anti-trafficking response network in the U.S.

Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. Blue Campaign works closely with DHS Components to create general awareness training and materials for law enforcement and others to increase detection of human trafficking, and to identify victims.

Trafficking Matters is a new platform providing resources to combat Human Trafficking.

Texas ranks 1st in the United States* in 2018 for the number of active criminal human trafficking cases making their way through federal courts.  The state had 74 active criminal cases.  The federal government initiated 19 of the active criminal cases in Texas in 2108, ranking Texas 1st in the United States for the number of new criminal human trafficking cases.  In 2018, federal courts convicted 45 defendants in criminal trafficking cases, ranking Texas 1st in the nation for the number of defendants convicted.  Federal courts ordered six defendants to pay restitution to their victim(s).

*Each State Summary’s findings derived from data the Human Trafficking Institute compiled for the 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Findings are not a prevalence estimate of trafficking in the state but instead serve as an objective summary of federal efforts to address human trafficking in that state. The Report does not capture data from state prosecutions, state civil suits, or unreported human trafficking cases. 

The Office of the Governor of Texas has a Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) which serves to fight to end this crime and to help its young victims by engaging with law enforcement, non-governmental agencies, non-profit victim service providers, and community leaders.

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening all across Texas to thousands of men, women, and children.  This video, developed by the office of the Attorney General of Texas, provides an understanding of what human trafficking is and is not, identifies vulnerable populations that are more likely to be victimized by human traffickers, identifies indicators of human trafficking and methods of reporting to the authorities, and highlights actual cases of human trafficking prosecuted in Texas.

In 2015, the Houston Mayor’s office was the first city in the US to establish a full-time position in the Mayor’s cabinet to address labor and sex trafficking through a municipal lens. We mine the tremendous opportunity that exists within city government through our comprehensive model that includes leveraging city departments, increasing awareness at scale, filling gaps in services, increasing screenings in the public health arena and ensuring our comprehensive municipal response serves as a model. For more information, please visit: www.humantraffickinghouston.org.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services.  They promote the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals, and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.  The link is a portal to downloadable materials and posters for awareness and prevention campaigns.

UAHT is the founder and leader of the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition.  Made up of over 50 members from around the Houston area, we are uniting the local anti-trafficking movement.  We envision a collective end to human trafficking in Greater Houston.

This Web site is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice.  Neither the U. S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).