San José Clinic Commits to Supporting Survivors and Raising Awareness During National Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Houston, TX – January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and at San José
Clinic, we are committed to raising awareness about this devastating issue and supporting
survivors. As a non-profit organization dedicated to providing healing through quality healthcare
and education with respect and compassion for those with limited access to care, the Clinic
recognizes the importance of addressing human trafficking and the role that healthcare providers
can play in identifying and supporting survivors.
In 2022, San José Clinic had over 1,040 patient visits from Human Trafficking survivors. Among
these survivors, 257 are referrals from the Office for Victims of Crime. As part of our efforts,
SJC hosts events like Vision Screening Day, & Dental Day in partnership with PATH
Collaborative and St. Luke’s Health. These events provide essential dental and eye care to
survivors in our community, helping them heal and recover.
Human trafficking is a crime that affects millions of people worldwide, and it is especially
prevalent in vulnerable communities. Houston, Texas, is considered one of the top human
trafficking hotspots in the United States. According to data from the National Human Trafficking
Hotline, Texas ranks second in the nation for the most reported cases of human trafficking.
“We believe that everyone has the right to live a life free from exploitation and abuse,” said
Maureen Sanders, President & CEO of San José Clinic. “That is why we are committed to
supporting survivors of human trafficking and working to raise awareness about this issue in our
community. We believe that by working together, we can make a difference and help to create a
safer and more equitable society for all.”
San José Clinic encourages anyone who suspects that someone they know may be a victim of
human trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text
“HELP” to 233733. For more information about San José Clinic, visit www.sanjoseclinic.org.