cEASE TeXas

Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation

Our MISSION

CEASE Texas is a project funded through the Office of the Texas Governor aimed at reducing demand for human trafficking and illicit exploitative commercial sex. Sex trafficking exists because there is a receptive market of male buyers willing to purchase and exploit victims. If there are no buyers, there is no demand, and no demand means no victims. CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Texas is a collaborative effort to end the demand for commercial sex and human trafficking victims in eight key Texas regions: Houston, Georgetown, Austin, San Antonio, North Texas, Corpus Christi, San Angelo, and El Paso.

statewide anti-demand coalition

The Statewide Anti-Demand Coalition meets once per quarter to share best practices, challenges, evidence, and resources among an inclusive set of organizations for continuous mutual improvement and a more visible and collaborative approach to reduce demand for commercial sex in Texas. 

Membership is open to any interested organization in anti-trafficking who agrees to adhere to the unifying principles (as in the charter) and collaborate on anti-demand initiatives. If your organization would like to join the coalition,   email jguajardo@childrenatrisk.org.

Who we are

CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) is a 501(c)(3) organization with offices in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso dedicated to improving the lives of all children in Texas. C@R has been a leader in anti-human trafficking efforts in Texas since 2009 and C@R has been pioneering anti-demand strategies in Texas since 2014.

CEASE Texas is a project funded through the Office of the Texas Governor and aimed at reducing demand for human trafficking and illicit exploitative commercial sex. It is led by the Center to End the Trafficking and Exploitation of Children Director Jarret Guajardo (jguajardo@childrenatrisk.org) and Associate Director of Policy and Staff Attorney Caroline Roberts (croberts@childrenatrisk.org).

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