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Houston students hear from anti-trafficking advocates

Representatives of The Landing, a faith-based anti-tracking organization located in Houston, recently visited Tracy McManaman-Bridges’ (Nursing, Houston) women’s health course. Shani Bacy, director of strategic programs, and Jennifer Perez, youth advocacy outreach specialist for the organization, spoke about the role of the nurse in human trafficking identification and prevention.

McManaman-Bridges mentors students in the advocacy role and serves on the Houston Area Human Trafficking Health Care Consortium, a group of health care professionals committed to raising awareness, providing education and training, and collaborating to prevent human trafficking. Their goal is to increase the continuum of care for victims of human trafficking within the greater Houston area by building capacity for providers to care for victims.

As a service project, TWU students in the women’s health course collected toiletry items and made and donated more than 100 toiletry bags with messages of hope to give to victims of human trafficking through The Landing’s Drop-In Center. The center – located on the Bissonnet Track in southwest Houston, a notorious hotspot for trafficking – is a safe place where survivors can rest, get a meal, and engage in counseling, classes, and support groups. The center also provides opportunities for survivors to work with a case manager on goals such as accessing resources, finding stable housing, and getting a job.