Throughout the year, we like to highlight several of our ministries that we here at Christ Community support missionally. This month, we would like to introduce you to a local ministry called Free the Captives. This ministry was founded by Julie Waters, a family law attorney who has a heart for fighting human trafficking. The last several years this ministry has exploded and we would love to invite you to read along, and find out how you can be praying,or even volunteering for Free the Captives.
Free the Captives is a faith-based anti-human trafficking non-profit that fights the exploitation and trafficking of Houston’s youth. They engage and mobilize the Christian community while partnering with nonprofits, law enforcement, and government agencies in the fight against modern day slavery.
Free the Captives works to:
- RESCUE trafficked teenagers by working closely with law enforcement,
- RESTORE victims by providing direct services such as mentoring, tutoring, shelter, & material assistance
- EMPLOY victims in our job program and provide much needed income and life skills
- PREVENT trafficking through programming for at-risk teenaged girls and providing education in schools
- DETER and reduce the demand by focusing on the buyer/Johns through our “Buy Sex? Bye, bye Freedom!” billboard, radio and TV campaign
- CONDUCT RESEARCH to provide much needed data and to shape public policy
- EDUCATE thousands of people each year through our annual conference and trainings
There are several ways that you can get involved in Free the Captives. One of those ways is to sign up for the Free the Captives second Annual Freedom Fest and Superheroes for Freedom 5k! This festival and fun run will be happening April 9, at Mason Park. It begins at 7:30am with a kids 1k fun run followed by a 5k run/walk for adults at 8:00am. The festival begins after the run ends around 10:30 am with costume contests, prizes, food, games, music and informational talks on human trafficking. If you would like more information, or to volunteer or even sign up to run you may click on the link below. http://www.freethecaptiveshouston.com/houston-human-trafficking-5k/