United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT) exists to end human trafficking through awareness, education and outreach. Founded as a volunteer coalition in 2005, in an effort to respond to the increasing concern about human trafficking in the Greater Houston Area (GHA), UAHT is now viewed as a leader in the local and national anti-trafficking movement. As an agency, they have thrived in developing and delivering professional training & technical assistance programs, public awareness initiatives and prevention education curriculum for youth. UAHT takes a comprehensive approach in providing anti-trafficking programming by addressing a multitude of victim profiles (persons who may be targeted), e.g. U.S. citizens/legal permanent residents and foreign national individuals, males, females and young adults - encompassing both sex and labor trafficking. A community unifier, UAHT serves as the lead agency of the Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition (HRRC), which is made up of 35 members from the Houston area. HRRC’s mission is to bring organizations and individuals together to strategically organize anti-human trafficking efforts. The coalition has existed since 2005 and a committee structure was formed in 2016 to increase member collaboration, revise and create the foundation for future sustainability.
Zonta International adopted the fight against human trafficking as one of its international service projects a number of years ago. In the United States we tend to think of the problem as existing in other countries. We have discovered that the US is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. Interstate 10 is a major corridor for this egregious activity. Thus the Zonta Club of Houston endorses the work of the UAHT in fighting this problem and helping the victims restore their lives. ZCH is a member of the HRRC Coalition as well. We have assisted UAHT by providing laptop computers, funding a Spanish language brochure to reach potential victims, funding their Youth Prevention Programs, and the current Super Bowl 2017 efforts.
The Zonta Club of Houston has been associated with United Against Human Trafficking since 2005. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, 1-888-373-7888, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.