To protect youth from commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking through prevention, crisis intervention, and community transformation.
All youth free from commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.
We believe in giving honor and respect to every client to whom we provide services. We do not force help upon them. We believe that they have the right and liberty to choose what is best for them as we come alongside to help guide them into healthy and holistic choices.
We believe that hope is more powerful than fear. From the language we use in trainings to the imagery we display on our website, we want to paint a picture of HOPE. We believe that a message of hope creates a healthier response than a message of fear.
The privacy and confidentiality of each girl is held to the upmost importance. We will not reveal underage survivors’ identities, real names, or identifying details that could put their privacy and safety in jeopardy. We understand it is her right to decide if, when, and how she will tell her story after giving informed consent.
We must tell the true narrative of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. We believe that promoting a “Hollywood” version of trafficking using extreme or fringe stories for shock factor is actually more harmful than helpful in raising awareness. If our communities believe trafficking looks like the sensationalized stories, they will miss the reality of what’s actually happening all around them.
We focus on the individual lives of at-risk and exploited girls and will not sacrifice quality education and individualized survivor care in order to boost our numbers.
We are not the end-all. We do not want to re-invent the wheel by creating programs or services other agencies already provide. No one organization can begin to tackle the multifaceted needs of survivors and complexities of this issue. We partner with trusted best practice agencies and service providers to develop a full continuum of care for survivors.
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A Brief History
For The Silent(FTS) was founded in 2007 in response to the sobering issue of sex trafficking and exploitation in Asia. During the first three years of operation, FTS assisted anti-trafficking organizations in Thailand and Cambodia through project-based fundraising efforts. FTS raised over $60,000, funding projects in Asia and the U.S. which continue to operate and serve trafficking victims today.
In 2010, For The Silent(FTS) shifted its focus to the U.S. and started street outreach to key areas where trafficking victims are commonly located, such as strip clubs, motels, juvenile detention centers, and online. After realizing the prevalence of the issue in East Texas, FTS developed a crisis intervention program for victims and prevention education program for high risk youth. FTS works hand in hand with juvenile justice departments, law enforcement, and middle schools in East Texas to educate, empower, and mentor girls who are high risk for or have already experienced exploitation, giving them the tools they need to leave exploitive situations.