BY SR. MARGARET BULMBER, CCCV
United Against Human Trafficking was founded in 2007 and was called Houston Rescue and Restore with a goal of educating the public about human trafficking. The name was later changed to United Against Human Trafficking and the mission and vision were expanded to meet growing needs. The organization had office space in various locations in Houston. In 2009 the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word offered them office space in St. Austin Center. They were very grateful to receive this free space and honored the Congregation for our generosity and for taking them in when they were “homeless”.
They remained at St. Austin’s until 2019 when they had to move so that St. Austin’s could be renovated. Their new office is at 6671 Southwest Freeway, suite 220, Houston, Tx 77074. During this time the organization expanded, added new staff and programs to meet expanding needs. When St. Austin’s renovation was completed, the organization divided its services. Administration and education programs remained in Southwest Houston Offices and the Direct Services staff moved back to St. Austin’s. In January 2021 The Direct Services Program opened a second site at 59 Southwest Freeway and Hillcroft. This site will make client appointments, house the case managers office, client group meetings and storage space for donated items.
UAHT provides a growing number of programs including education, prevention courses and workshops, direct outreach, direct services – which include their Real Talk program and a case management program which served 279 trauma survivors in 2020. UAHT is also the founder and leader of the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition. Made up of over 50 members from around the Houston area, these groups work together to strengthen the local anti-trafficking movement. To read the group’s 2020 impact report, click here.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, CALL THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE AT 1 (888) 373-7888