Mayor meets with survivors & releases progress report on city’s acclaimed efforts against human trafficking

Mayor Sylvester Turner released a 3-year progress report on the City of Houston’s acclaimed Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan at a Monday dinner where he served food to trafficking survivors sheltered in partnership with the Salvation Army.


Conscientious Capitalism: Labor Trafficking and Supply Chains Mitigating Risk, October 29, 2018

Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office worked after Hurricane Harvey to diligently mitigate against the trafficking patterns that arose after Hurricane Katrina destroyed parts of Louisiana. One of the most disturbing acts involved trafficking Indian nationals to help rebuild oil and gas assets in violation of visa and trafficking laws (Signal case). The Mayor’s Office developed post-disaster risk mitigation presentations to educate our corporate and consular citizens. This event was an extension of those presentations. Corporate and consular attendees learned about the strategies and tools to guard against similar human rights violations. The panel is moderated by Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking.


Private Screening of Hollywood Feature Film Trafficked, October 24, 2016.

The City of Houston hosted an invitation-only screening of the Hollywood feature film Trafficked on October 24th, 2016 at the Wortham Center in order to raise awareness of human trafficking. Starring Ashley Judd, Anne Archer, Patrick Duffy, and Sean Patrick Flannery, Trafficked is written and produced by Siddharth Kara, an internationally recognized slavery expert at the Harvard Kennedy School. Watch the video to hear from Mayor Sylvester Turner how the screening is part of his office’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the nation’s first comprehensive response by a major U.S. city. You can also view the concluding panel discussion featuring Kara, Archer, Duffy, and Anne Chandler, Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center’s Houston office. The panel is moderated by Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking.



Presentation on the Super Bowl before Public Safety Committee, March 8, 2016

The Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking presents to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on what approach the City of Houston is taking to prepare for Super Bowl 51. The presentation draws on a recently-released study that puts in context past claims about increases in human trafficking during the Super Bowl.

View the presentation by fast forwarding to 28:42.


Agenda Presentation on Illicit Massage Establishments, November 19, 2015

Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking, and Todd Latiolais, Staff Attorney from Children at Risk, present on illicit massage establishments in Houston before City Council’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on November 19th, 2015.


Up the Ante: Human Trafficking Symposium, October 29, 2015

On October 29, 2015, the City of Houston Mayor’s Office arranged for world renowned panelists to share their thoughts and expertise on human trafficking. Panelists included Bradley Myles (President and CEO, Polaris), Siddharth Kara (Director of the Center on Human Trafficking, Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Dorchen Leidholdt (Legal Director, Sanctuary for Families), and Brooke Axtell (Director of Communications and Engagement, Allies Against Slavery).  Mayor Annise Parker held the Keynote while Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez provided opening remarks. Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking, gave the forward to the Symposium.

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