The Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking in Texas (CCHT-TX) has been in development for 2-1/2 years. As we have worked at mobilizing, educating, and resourcing Coalition partners along the border and in Texas cities where most trafficking victims are destined, it became obvious that this would need some single-minded devotion. Thus, it has been the desire of the Coalition to have a dedicated Director for some time now.
Allow us to introduce you to Cynthia Aulds, our COALITION DIRECTOR! Cynthia previously served as the Missions Coordinator at Sugar Land Baptist Church in the Houston area. She has been a part of and followed the development of and significantly supported the Coalition since its early beginnings.
In Cynthia’s Own Words: Much of my prior work involved anti-human trafficking efforts in Houston. I grew up in Houston, have lived the majority of my life there, and had no idea human trafficking existed, much less to the extent that it does. The more I learned, the more I felt my passion changing to concentrating efforts on combatting this horrific industry.
After being a part of the initial group who met in Laredo, Texas in November 2015 to establish the Coalition and seeing the work progress over the past 2 ½ years, I am beyond excited to have been chosen to lead efforts as the Coalition moves forward!
Nell Green, Coalition Advisor says about Cynthia: Cynthia has hit the ground running and already met with leaders in the Laredo area, establishing partnerships and setting immediate and long term goals to combat human trafficking in that region.
In partnership with Houston area organizations, especially Fe Y Justicia, she has coordinated the first SAFE RECOVERY workshop. This event included safety and labor trafficking awareness programs for a Cambodian Refugee community extremely hard hit by Hurricane Harvey, and thus highly vulnerable as victims of labor trafficking, either by being trafficked for construction laborer work or as victims of renegade construction companies utilizing trafficked workers.