Amber Alert Initiative
Abolish Slavery works to identify, rescue, rehabilitate and educate victims of human trafficking.
Human trafficking victims, runaway children, displaced foster children, abused boys and girls, undocumented immigrants fresh out of detention centers, and Amber Alerts are all in desperate need of services in Texas and the need has exceeded the capacity. This vulnerable population is highest at risk for human trafficking and with a 30% increase in caseloads due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need in the community for advocates to handle the sheer volume of cases. We are skilled in a professional capacity to help parents who have lost their children navigate the system so that we can bring missing children home safely. This grant will result in parents and children being reunited through the mobilization of law enforcement, social services, jurisdictional task forces, and detention center case workers.
We can make a difference of the lives of children and their parents who have fallen through the cracks of society due to the pandemic. We specialize in forming and mentoring task forces, identifying gaps in the system, and filing those needs to create an operational team of Stakeholders. Once formed, the task force becomes a sustainable asset to the community in terms of child protection. By having a multi-jurisdictional task force, as children go missing, we can better serve the needs of parents and the community because we will increase the probability of their children returning home. This grant will enable us to hire two case workers for three months so we can work with the vulnerable populations our organization serves. From the multitude of Amber Alerts on everyone’s phone in San Antonio, we're going to help these kids and their parents with these cases by connecting the dots of the existing task force and fill the gaps to rescue and rehabilitate victims.
We will create a task force in the first month but the working group will be built for the long-term. We will work with additional public and private partnerships to give the task force longevity. Our focus will be in finding missing children, identifying gaps in the system, hiring advocates to handle the increased case load, and returning children to their parents. Case workers will have multiple duties including advocating for parents, assisting the child protection unit, and bringing together Stakeholders to coordinate the casework. Once this task force is firmly established, it will become an asset to the community long-term, as it provides a mechanism for parents to plug into a system for finding their children. Our organization has already handled multiple cases in this area and we have developed strategic relationships with the police, sheriffs, detention centers and other task force Stakeholders to create a lasting impact.