Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson was a guest speaker at the April HomeAid Houston board meeting, where she delivered an in-depth presentation focusing on Houston's initiatives to stop modern day slavery. These initiatives are in line with HomeAid's commitment for 2016 to identify a number of projects that will provide a safe environment for children, including those affected by sex trafficking.
Anderson shared with the board, her team's aggressive approach to identifying active trafficking areas throughout the Houston area, and the District Attorney's warrant process for shutting them down. She also referenced the immediate needs the victims have coming from a life filled with fear and coercion. As the victims are liberated, they need safe housing, counseling and opportunities to build new lives. "The community needs places for these kids to go," said Anderson. "We need to break the connection with their past, or they will go back to that life because that's where many of them mistakenly feel they are loved."
HomeAid has reached out to a number of agencies who are serving children in crisis, to consider their needs for construction or remodeling of existing facilities. "Our goal is to be able to provide our construction management and resources as quickly as possible to help ensure a brighter future for these children," said Cindy Hinson, president of HomeAid Houston. "No matter what the child's circumstances are, HomeAid is committed to providing a safe, nurturing home that will transform their lives. The board can't thank Devon Anderson enough for her inspirational words and for sharing her vision to eliminate sex trafficking in our city."
District Attorney Devon Anderson
Devon Anderson was appointed in 2013 and elected in 2014 to serve as the 35th District Attorney for Harris County. She has focused on increasing the office's ability to prosecute new classes of criminals like human traffickers, a growing gang population, and money launderers who profit from drug cartels, prostitution and gambling. She has grown the office by over 80 new positions and exponentially increased training for staff in all areas of the office ensuring the implementation of new technologies and strategies to stay ahead of criminals.
HomeAid Houston is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA). HomeAid's mission is "to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach." HomeAid has been serving Houston's homeless community since 2003 and has completed 36 construction projects for homeless agencies totaling over $10 million in real estate value, adding over 400 beds for homeless men, women children and veterans.
For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.