The Austin 20 supports organizations committed to assisting children victimized by sex trafficking by filling the gaps in the continuum of care.
Every day, children across our country are being manipulated and sold for sex by sophisticated criminals who use force, fraud or coercion to form a trauma bond which is very dangerous and hard for the victim to break.
Criminals profit from the ability to resell a child multiple times a day and criminal sentences for trafficking a person for sex are currently less severe than trafficking most illegal drugs. Research shows that youth trafficked for sex typically survive an average of only 7 years due to the high level of trauma they experience. The average age of a person trafficked for sex is only 15 years. The Austin 20 is taking action to protect our local children and ensure those caught in this web are given a chance to recover.
Right now, youth who have been trafficked and picked up by local authorities have very few places to seek refuge.
Right now, only a portion of our police officers, airline and motel employees and ER workers are trained to identify potential victims of this crime.
Right now, ads featuring minors for sex are splashed across various dark pockets of the internet without a cyber patrol disrupting their activity.
The Austin 20 provides funding for organizations that help children who are victims of this insidious crime, with a focus on the Austin area. Please help us help them.
YOU can make an IMPACT!
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
“I have had firsthand experience working with A20, they are tireless victim advocates and their work is crucial across all platforms."
- Demetrie Mitchell
Director, Special Investigations
Texas Department of Family and Protective Service
"We are fortunate to have incredible anti-trafficking and victim-support organizations right here in our own backyard. Groups such as Childproof America, The Refuge, Tomball Shield Bearer Human Trafficking Group, Austin 20, Houston 20, and countless others provide recovery aid to victims."
- Michael T. McCaul
Chairman of the House, Committee on Homeland Security