This presentation was given at the 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit in Houston, TX, hosted by The National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Details on the CESE Summit at EndExploitationSummit.com/
Houston is cited by the Department of Justice as an intense human trafficking jurisdiction and has developed a collaborative approach to combating this crime. This presentation will provide an overview of the human trafficking in Houston as well as upcoming preparations for major events in 2017, including the Super Bowl 51.
United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT), a Houston-area 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to end human trafficking through education, awareness, and outreach. UAHT is the lead organization of Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition, a dedicated group of Houston-area non-profits, faith-based organizations, government agencies/entities and others whose mission is to prevent and confront modern-day slavery through collaborative initiatives. UAHT was established in 2005 and the idea of being “United” embodies one of the main tenants of the organization – that it will take everyone, united together to bring a true end to modern-day slavery.
Misa Nguyen serves as the Director of Programs for United Against Human Trafficking. Ms. Nguyen oversees the research, development, and implementation of UAHT’s projects and programs for training frontline professionals and public awareness campaigns. Ms. Nguyen leads the Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition and represents UAHT in the community, currently serving on the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance Task Force and Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking. Ms. Nguyen received her BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Austin with concentrations in Government and Asian Studies.
During her time at the University of Texas, Ms. Nguyen was exposed to the social injustice of human trafficking and participated in faith-based initiatives to spread awareness of this crime. After graduation, she engaged with the issue through the co-founding of a Houston chapter of the international Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA) to spread awareness and support the overseas efforts to combat labor trafficking in Asia.
A native Houstonian, Ms. Nguyen is enthusiastic about working with diverse communities in the city. She is passionate about local food eateries, recycling, and social justice issues. Ms. Nguyen is dedicated to education and knowledge to empower others in the anti-human trafficking movement.