The Coalition

MISSION: To equip professionals and organizations with the skills and infrastructure to identify and provide services to human trafficking survivors.

HISTORY & STRUCTURE

The Big Country Human Trafficking Coalition was formed in 2016 to bring together key stakeholders in collaboration to prevent and fight human trafficking. Regional Victim Crisis Center serves as the lead agency of this coalition. Additional community members and organizations include local, state, and federal law enforcement, victim service providers, medical professionals, governmental organizations, faith-based groups, and other key members. The coalition serves Taylor, Jones, Callahan, Shackelford, Coleman, Knox, Kent, Throckmorton, Stephens, Haskell, Runnels, Fisher, Nolan, Mitchell, Stonewall, and additional counties (Per request).

The Coalition meets quarterly to provide updates on the work of the community and coalition, as well as time to increase knowledge on human trafficking related topics. In addition to these quarterly meetings, working groups meet once a month to address sector specific needs in identifying and providing services to human trafficking survivors. These working groups include: Education and Child Welfare, Medical, Housing, Mental Health and Substance Use, and Faith-Based. Further working groups are in line to be developed.

THE HARD TRUTH

AT-RISK YOUTH/INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY

1,006

HOMELESS YOUTH IN ABILENE ISD

14%

POVERTY RATE IN TAYLOR COUNTY

2

172

STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE IN ABILENE ISD

3

At-risk youth/individuals in our community 

  1. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/taylorcountytexas

  2. 2019-2020 Texas Education Agency Student Program and Special Populations Reports

  3. 2019-2020 Texas Education Agency Student Program and Special Populations Reports

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