The Lady Texans, including Vice President of the Houston Texans Foundation Hannah McNair, honored women who were victims of human trafficking and celebrated their accomplishments as part of an ongoing initiative during October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
McNair and the Lady Texans hosted an event on Oct. 28 with YMCA International Services Trafficked Person's Assistance Program to learn more about their efforts to help end human trafficking, the clients and survivors they serve, and how it is a vital part of the mission of the YMCA of Greater Houston.
"It was an honor to spend the afternoon with courageous survivors from the YMCA's International Services Trafficked Persons Assistance Program," said Vice President of the Houston Texans Foundation Hannah McNair. "Their strength was inspiring! We all enjoyed celebrating the milestones on their journey to recovery and learning the importance of practicing mindfulness and self-care."
Human trafficking involves the recruiting, transporting, obtaining, or holding of an individual for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Houston is considered a major hub for human trafficking in the United States.
Following the short presentation, clients and survivors from the YMCA Trafficked Persons Assistance Program, YMCA advocates and YMCA case managers joined the Lady Texans for lunch and an uplifting program celebrating the women and what they've been able to accomplish in the program. The women utilized conversation starters placed on each table to talk about mindfulness and self-care. The event included a photo booth, which empowered women to choose who could take their pictures and when, fidget toys for the clients to use as needed and a journal. The clients each received a grocery store gift card, and everyone in attendance received a self-care kit.
The event was hosted at A 2nd Cup, a nonprofit coffee shop in the Heights working to end human trafficking. A 2nd Cup is one of the YMCA's Trafficked Persons Assistance Program Partner agencies which helps raise awareness of human trafficking in the Houston area and assists in developing resources to create a second chance for survivors.
The Houston Texans and NRG Park Partners Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation recently partnered with nonprofits the Houston Area Women's Center, YMCA Trafficked Persons Assistance Program and No Trafficking Zone to install posters to help raise awareness for domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking at NRG Stadium. The posters were installed in 446 women's restroom stalls in NRG Stadium before the Oct. 10 Texans home game. Thanks to the tri-party agreement between the NRG Park partners, the posters will stay posted in the restrooms year-round.
The Lady Texans, including Vice President of the Houston Texans Foundation Hannah McNair, hosted a lunch with the YMCA International Services Trafficked Person's Assistance Program to learn more about what they are doing to end human trafficking, the clients and survivors they serve, and how it's a vital part of the mission of the YMCA of Greater Houston. The event was hosted at A 2nd Cup, a nonprofit coffee shop in the Heights working to end human trafficking.