February 8, 2016 Cathy Herzog

Human trafficking, a modern form of slavery, is the third most profitable crime worldwide. The victim is controlled through manipulation, violence or the threat of violence, and cannot walk away. In 2015, Texas ranked second nationwide in total calls received at the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline that works to help victims.

Cathy Herzog, a volunteer with two Austin-based organizations—Allies Against Slavery and Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) at Refugee Services of Texas(RST), will discuss the work of these organizations. RST is the leading agency in Central Texas that provides services to survivors of human trafficking.Working closely with law enforcement agencies and the Central Texas Coalition against Human Trafficking (http://www.ctcaht.org), RST provides 24-hour support to identified survivors to ensure their safety and long-term success.

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