About | shine a light on human trafficking


We’re hosting an event on the steps of Houston’s City Hall that will be simulcast at community gatherings throughout the Greater Houston area. Join us, and learn how to recognize the signs, report this type of crime, and find out how you can be part of the solution to bring an end to modern day slavery.


"Let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge"


Malala Yousafzai

Learn | about human trafficking


Human Trafficking is...

  • A market-driven, criminal industry fueled by demand for labor, services and commercial sex acts.

  • Victims are forced, defrauded and/or coerced to supply services, labor, or sex.

  • It does not necessarily imply movement or transportation but rather the buying and selling of people.

  • Human trafficking is a human rights issue that affects all men, women and children both US citizens and foreign-born.

Reporting this Crime:

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.

Trained call-takers can answer questions and report your suspicions to the proper authorities. The hotline is toll-free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Interpretative services are also available for non-English speaking callers.

All callers may remain anonymous if necessary.

Questions to Ask:
  • “Is anyone forcing you to do anything you do not want to do?”
  • “Can you leave your job or situation if you want?”
  • “Have you been threatened if you try to leave?”
  • “Are you working to pay off a debt or obligation to your employer?”

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Engage | find an event near you


No matter where you live in the Greater Houston area you can join us in this movement to end modern-day slavery, look below to find an event location near you.


MAIN EVENT
The Steps of City Hall

901 Bagby
Houston, TX 77002

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  • Galleria Mall

    (event will be hosted at Galleria II, Level II in front of the Apple Store)
    5085 Westheimer Rd
    Houston, TX 77056

  • Arab Cultural Center

    10555 Stancliff Road
    Houston, TX 77099

  • Catholic Charities – Mamie George Community Center

    1111 Collins Road
    Richmond, TX 77469

  • Indonesian Consulate

    10900 Richmond Avenue
    Houston, TX 77042

  • India House

    8888 W Bellfort Ave
    Houston, TX 77031

  • Mexican Consulate

    4507 San Jacinto Street
    Houston, TX 77004

  • Police Academy

    17000 Aldine Westfield
    Houston, TX 77099

  • Turquoise Center

    9301 W. Bellfort Ave
    Houston, TX 77031

  • Korean Community Center

    1809 Hollister
    Houston, TX 77080

  • Boat People SOS

    11360 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 910
    Houston, TX

  • Chinese Community Center

    9800 Town Park Drive,
    Houston 77036

  • Harris County Community Center

    Precinct 1 - Lincoln Park
    979 Grenshaw Street
    Houston, TX 77088

  • Harris County Community Center

    Precinct 2 - East Harris County Activity Center
    7340 Spencer Hwy
    Pasadena, TX 77505

  • Harris County Community Center

    Precinct 3 - Bear Creek Community Center
    3055 Bear Creek Drive
    Houston, TX 77084

  • Harris County Community Center

    Precinct 4 - May Community Center
    2100 Wolf Road
    Huffman, TX 77360

  • Harris County Community Center

    Precinct 4 - Magnum Howell Center
    2500 Frick Road
    Houston, TX 77038

  • Southwest Multi-Service Center

    6400 High Star,
    Houston TX

  • Third Ward Multi-Service Centers

    3611 Ennis Street,
    Houston TX

  • Acres Homes Multi-Service Centers

    6719 W. Montgomery,
    Houston TX

  • Denver Harbor Multi-Service Centers

    6402 Market Street,
    Houston TX

  • Fifth Ward Multi-Service Centers

    4014 Market Street,
    Houston TX

  • Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Centers

    3810 West Fuqua,
    Houston TX

  • Kashmere Multi-Service Centers

    4802 Lockwood,
    Houston TX

  • Magnolia Multi-Service Centers

    7037 Capitol,
    Houston TX

  • Northeast Multi-Service Centers

    9720 Spaulding,
    Houston TX

  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Centers

    9314 Cullen,
    Houston TX

  • West End Multi-Service Centers

    170 Heights Blvd,
    Houston TX

  • Lone Star College Student Conference Center

    20000 Kingwood Drive
    Kingwood, TX 77339

"You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know."


William Wilberforce
Abolitionist, 1759-1833

Schedule | time to spread awareness


6:30pm Guests and Dignitaries Arrive
6:45pm Welcome & Introductions
Maria A. Trujillo, Chair – Mayor’s Human Trafficking Task Force
6:50pm Survivor Voice
Fe Y Justicia Worker Center Member
6:55pm Address from the Mayor of Houston
Mayor Annise Parker
7:00pm Remarks from Chief of Police – Houston Police Department
Chief Charles McClelland
7:05pm Remarks from Harris County District Attorney's Office
First Assistant District Attorney Belinda Hill
7:10pm Remarks from Harris County Sheriff
Sheriff Adrian Garcia
7:15pm Closing Remarks
Maria A. Trujillo, Chair – Mayor's Human Trafficking Task Force
7:20pm Lighting Ceremony
Mayor Annise Parker lights first candle
Music performed by Cellist Patrick Moore
7:25pm Break the Chain Dance
Performance by dancers from NiaMoves
  • Maria Trujillo
    Maria Trujillo

    Chair | Task Force

  • Annise Parker

    Houston Mayor

  • Charles McClelland
    Charles McClelland

    Chief of Police

  • Adrien Garcia
    Adrian Garcia

    Sheriff

"You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know."


William Wilberforce
Abolitionist, 1759-1833

Share | the knowledge you now have


During the event post to Instagram and Twitter using


#shinealighthouston

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    "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know."


    William Wilberforce
    Abolitionist, 1759-1833