The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has been recognized two times recently for the office’s work in the fight against human trafficking.
On October 24, 2019, District Attorney Brett Ligon and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office were recognized for their efforts in the fight against human trafficking at the Redeemed Ministries annual Keep Houston Free Gala. Redeemed is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to those who are trapped and exploited within the commercial sex industry and victims of sexual exploitation human trafficking. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office was awarded a Distinguished Service Award for the office’s implementation of Project AVERT. Project AVERT is a pre-trial diversion program sponsored by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. The goal of the program is to divert criminal defendants from the criminal justice system who are identified as human trafficking victims or at risk of becoming human trafficking victims. Project AVERT utilizes a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and partnerships with other criminal justice and community agencies to provide an individualized, holistic and trauma informed approach to human trafficking cases and at-risk youth. The goal is to provide necessary resources and to ultimately reduce the harm of a final conviction for trafficking victims.
On Oct. 10, District Attorney Brett Ligon, former Chief Prosecutor Tyler Dunman and Human Trafficking–Child Exploitation Prosecutor Laura Bond were each recognized by Governor Greg Abbott’s Office for their efforts in fighting human trafficking in Texas by curbing the demand for human trafficking and prosecuting exploiters. The recognitions were given at a community event hosted by the Montgomery County Coalition Against Human Trafficking. ADA Laura Bond is the Chairperson of the Montgomery County Coalition Against Human Trafficking Advisory Board.
“Our office is committed to assisting in the fight against human trafficking,” said Montgomery County Assistant DA Shanna Redwine, who is with the Special Victim’s Division. “We are committed to aggressively prosecuting exploiters and to implementing programs to aid victims who find themselves in the criminal justice system due to of the exploitation they have endured.” “Human trafficking has no place in Montgomery County.”