You helped make 2017 our most impactful year yet! To celebrate, we curated seven of our favorite highlights below.

This year we grew more focused on innovative solutions to create transformative outcomes at scale. At the same time, our work extended farther than ever.  

Thank you for partnering with us. Together we are advancing freedom and dignity.


Transforming Identification

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Identifying & Helping Victims Find Freedom
An estimated 79,000 minors and youth in Texas are victims of sex trafficking, but data suggests that fewer than 2% are officially identified and helped.

Allies set out to change that reality. We built an innovative online screening tool and data platform to help frontline professionals more rapidly and effectively identify victims of sex trafficking.

This year we completed an 18 month pilot and doubled the number of partners trained to use the tool. In 2018, our goal is to continue transforming victim identification efforts by dramatically scaling up distribution of the tool.

The Tier 1 Screener allowed us to to identify more kids who would have slipped through the cracks. Now we look at every single kid differently...
— Dawn Owens, Assistant Director, Bell County Juvenile
The Tier 1 Screener is so easy to use. On a scale of 1-5, we’d rate the effectiveness of the online application a 5.
— Kami Diaz, Executive Director, Central Texas Youth Services


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Publishing Groundbreaking Research
In January, Allies and the University of Texas released the study "Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Initial Benchmark of Prevalence & Economic Impact For Texas". 

The first-of-its-kind study brought to light the true extent of the human trafficking in Texas and has already influenced policy, opened up new funding for solutions and catalyzed action amongst stakeholders at all levels.

This is a watershed study for our state. This research helps bring human trafficking out of the shadows: the men, women and children who are victims of trafficking in Texas are no longer invisible.
— John Nehme, President & CEO, Allies


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Preventing Trafficking Through Education & Advocacy
Allies had the honor to travel to Dallas alongside Wendy Davis and her team at Deeds Not Words to help empower youth leaders with a policy advocacy training. 

I was amazed by the students’ passion and how articulate they were. It was inspiring to hear their stories and why, as high schoolers, they feel it is worth their time to advocate for anti-trafficking legislation.
— Torey Tipton, Dir. of Strategic Partnerships, Allies

The youth went on to advocate for bill SB2039 - co-sponsored by Sen. Zaffirini and Rep Senfronia Thompson and signed into law by Governor Abbott in June - to create a prevention training program for all public school children in Texas. 






Raising Awareness At Philanthropitch
Think Shark Tank for philanthropy and you'll have a good idea of Philanthropitch Austin. Allies was selected to present our work alongside 6 other innovative nonprofits at the LBJ Auditorium in front of 750 people. 

It was an honor to raise awareness about the issue and advocate for exploited youth. Allies won big, receiving $47,250 in awards and entrance into the Mission Accelerator Program.


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Implementing Best Practices in Program Design
Allies worked closely with the SAFE Alliance this year to create the SAFE CARES program providing specialized services for survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

We were thrilled when SAFE was awarded a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the Office of the Governor to fund the program.

As a technical advisor on the grant, our role includes helping with design and implementation, training for all staff and supporting SAFE's efforts identifying victims through our innovative screening tool.


Shaping A Global Movement



Thought Leadership at the Freedom Forum
Allies was invited to the 5th annual Freedom From Slavery Forum at Stanford University with other leaders from national and international organizations like the International Labor Organization, Walk Free Foundation, International Justice Mission, Thorn and Polaris. 

The Forum focused on critical issues for global efforts to end slavery, and attendees discussed topics such as: 

  • Understanding of prevalence and determinants of slavery;
  • Addressing gaps in knowledge with respect to applications of technology and anti-slavery interventions;
  • Encouraging and advancing survivor leadership;
  • Crafting a strategy for building a more robust civil society coalition against slavery in an effort to influence UN Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) 8.7.





Designing a Sustainable Impact Model That Scales
Allies was 1 of 4 innovative nonprofits selected to participate in the Mission Accelerator, a program run by Mission Capital and Austin's Social Venture Partner Network.

Our staff and board spent 5 months working with our Accelerator Advisor Team to develop a national plan for sustainably scaling up adoption of our online victim identification tool.

After completing the Accelerator, Allies was honored as the 3-year "investee" of the Social Venture Partner Network, which comes with human and financial capital beginning in 2018.


Looking to 2018


We are filled with gratitude as we reflect on all you helped accomplish in 2017. Thank you!

Because of you, more youth have found freedom, more professionals have been equipped and trained, and Allies has strengthened our strategy for sustainable growth. 

In 2018, our goal is to find and help even more exploited youth, ensuring they get the best support possible. 

Join us to protect freedom and dignity.