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In 2016, the Texas State Secretary established the Texas Businesses Against Trafficking (TBAT) partnership for businesses across the state to stand together against human trafficking. This partnership encourages businesses to adopt a zero tolerance policy for human trafficking, train their employees on how to identify and report human trafficking victims, and encourage the businesses they work with to do the same. Three years later, there are only six businesses in the partnership, including 3rd Millennium Classrooms.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). The reality is that only 33% of teens who are in abusive relationships ever tell anyone. Teens often don’t know how to initiate a conversation about it or are unaware they are in an abusive situation. As a parent or someone who works with teens, you can change this. In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, here are three things you can do to help the teens in your life.

#TackleDemand

This weekend the 53rd NFL Superbowl will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Amongst the hustle and bustle that comes along with large sporting events, human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, will see a spike in activity. While it has been hard to gain solid statistics on numbers of individuals who are trafficked during these kinds of events, anecdotal evidence makes it clear that it does happen. The influx of visitors, the celebratory atmosphere, and the potential for higher profits all work together to increase the demand for sex trafficking in these environments.  

What Can You Do About Human Trafficking?

Modern slavery is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world and generates more than $150 billion USD every year. And despite growing efforts to bring an end to this evil industry, less than 1% of victims are ever rescued. Human trafficking is real, and it’s happening all around us in the largest of cities to the smallest of towns. And while it may feel overwhelming to hear about the atrocities of this industry, there is something you can do about it.

A Safe, Fun Start to the New Year

It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over already! Plans for the new year can vary greatly, from a night on the town to a party at your friends’ house to staying in to not celebrating at all. Whatever your plans, we hope you to have a safe, fun start to the new year. To help ensure that, check out these tips:

If you’re going out:

Beating the Holiday Blues

Mental wellness is important at all times of the year but especially during the winter holidays. The cold winter months may affect your mental well-being more than you realize -- and the holiday festivities can just add to the stress. It’s not uncommon to feel that you are in a “funk” during this time of year.

Staying In Touch Over the Holidays

The holidays are an exciting time for most — it usually means time off from school or work and extra time to relax! Many people head home for the holidays or have friends and family visit them. However, sometimes traveling is too expensive or just not possible. In either case, it can be easy to find yourself without your normal group of friends or unable to spend time with family members. Spending the holidays without these loved ones can leave you feeling lonely, especially if you can’t find a way to communicate with them.