Working Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
On view January 9, 2021 to May 30, 2021
Inside the Exhibition
Human trafficking is one of the most significant issues facing communities today, yet it is commonly misunderstood and often undetected. Geared toward teen and adult audiences, Not Alone provides visitors with the tools to identify trafficking and the resources to find help and support survivors.
The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, and a panel version will be available free of charge to communities around the state to further enhance awareness after the exhibition's run at the Bullock Museum.
A series of questions guide visitors through the exhibition, and select artifacts reflect survivors' stories of resilience, strength, and self-empowerment. Original videos throughout the exhibition feature trafficking survivors and advocates who answer each section's guiding questions. Visitors also have the opportunity to take home an art activity and resources for reporting and assisting.
A series of questions guide visitors through the exhibition:
1. What is human trafficking?
The first section of the exhibition explains what human trafficking is—including both sex trafficking and labor trafficking—and defines key terms, such as force, fraud, coercion, and various types of abuse.
2. Who does trafficking affect?
Trafficking can happen to anyone. Section two explores the characteristics that can make someone particularly vulnerable and increase the likelihood they will be trafficked. This section also introduces visitors to the survivors and advocates they will meet in the exhibition.
3. What role do healthy relationships play in trafficking?
Section three explores the ways a lack of healthy relationships can make someone vulnerable to trafficking and outlines labor rights in the United States.
4. What role does technology and social media play?
Traffickers often use social media to seek out individuals online. This section examines the ways traffickers utilize technology, and defines the process of grooming and recruiting. This section also highlights the ways social media platforms can be positive tools for survivors, educators, and advocates to connect and find support.
5. What can I do?
The final section allows visitors to gain resources to assist those exploited and concrete steps for enlisting aid. Visitors learn common red flags and what to do if they or someone they know is being trafficked, and they can take home an art activity that also provides additional resources and contacts.
National Trafficking Hotline
Text "help" to 233733
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Love146 offers a variety of training and resources for youth, caregivers, and professionals
Polaris Project aims to end human trafficking. It operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and provides resources on sex and labor trafficking
- Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Department and the Texas Human Trafficking Task Force
- Governor's Commission for Women
- McCain Institute
- Member Exclusive: Not Alone Exhibition Conversation
January 22, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Member-only virtual conversation and panel discussion around the Not Alone exhibition.
- High Noon Talk: Managed Migrations
February 4, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join Dr. Cristina Salinas for a virtual conversation about her award-winning book, Manage Migrations, which examines the concurrent development of a border agricultural industry and changing methods of border enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas over the past century.
- Workshop: Prevent Trafficking and Exploitation
March 11, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a workshop with representatives from Love146, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking. The workshop will provide an introduction on the reality of human trafficking and give attendees some tools they can take with them to safeguard their communities.
- New Perspectives: Trafficking, Smuggling, and Policing
April 8, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Jessica Pliley on the history of efforts to police human trafficking and smuggling. This important look back will provide historical context for today's efforts and shed light on an often unspoken issue.
Lead Sponsorship by Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt. Major funding from the Texas Bar Foundation.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
Following the run of the exhibition at the Bullock Museum, a free-of-charge panel version will be available to libraries, community centers, and other venues around the state of Texas to further enhance awareness of the issue.
Organizations interested in hosting the exhibition can contact Exhibits@TheStoryofTexas.com for more information.
Bullock Museum to host free virtual workshop on human trafficking awareness and prevention
March 09, 2021 (Austin, Texas) -- The Bullock Texas State History Museum will host a free virtual workshop about human trafficking awareness and prevention on Thursday, March 11 at 6 pm. View Press Release
In The News
1/12/2021, Texas Standard / Alexandra Hart & Shelly Brisbin -- The Bullock Museum’s “Not Alone: Working Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” answers questions and guides supporters of those who have experienced trafficking. View Article
1/15/2021, Austin Monthly / Molly Todd -- Featuring numerous videos from survivors, “Not Alone” doesn’t just spread awareness—it also encourages action. View Article
1/31/2021, KRQE / Wes Rapaport -- The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, a few blocks from the Capitol, is featuring an exhibit with videos and artifacts to show the signs of trafficking and support survivors. View Article
2/8/2021, CBS Austin / John-Carlos Estrada -- "It was one of the hardest subjects we've ever tackled": Bullock Museum joins the fight against human trafficking with new 'Not Alone' exhibit. View Article