A Message from the Chair
I am honored to serve as Chair of the Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking (HAC-HT) for Mayor Sylvester Turner and for this dynamic city that I love and now call home. I first became aware of human trafficking as a domestic issue while attending an event in 2007. I heard a young girl who had been a victim speak about trafficking. She had been abused and left for dead. Fortunately, she was found and after receiving the proper services and support, she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. I was deeply moved and inspired when I heard her story – and surprised to learn that this was happening in my hometown of New York City. Since then, it has been a personal calling for me to work toward bringing the sex and labor trafficking of our girls, boys, women and men to an end.
Houston is often referred to as a hub for human trafficking. Mayor Turner, my fellow Council members and I see this as an opportunity to be a national model and solution center. The Council will address root causes of human trafficking by implementing a proactive strategy as well as a responsive approach by continuing to provide coordinated services and opportunities to victims found in our city. By tapping the leadership, expertise and influence represented on the Council according to the 4P framework established in the UN Protocol and taking a collaborative, community-driven approach, Houston has what it takes to bring this underground heinous crime to an end in our city. Thank you for this privilege to serve you.
Minal Patel Davis
Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking
and Chair of HAC-HT