Stand Against Trafficking is passionate about educating the community on what human trafficking is, how to be aware of the signs of a trafficking victim, and what resources are available to those who may be trafficked.

  • 100000 CHILDREN
  • Are prostituted every year in the United States alone.

    (Polaris Project, 2015)

  • 12-14 YEARS OLD
  • Girls are first sold for sex between twelve and fourteen years old.

    (NCMEC, 2015)

  • 11-13 YEARS OLD
  • Boys and transgendered youth are first sold for sex between eleven and thirteen years old.

    (NCMEC, 2015)

  • Minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are victims, not prostitutes.

    (Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 2009)

Stand Against Trafficking exists to mobilize the community to end human trafficking in the Ozarks.



Raise awareness in the general community about domestic human trafficking in southwest Missouri.


Provide education to key community leaders (i.e. law enforcement, attorneys, medical and mental health providers, educators, government officials, faith-based organizations, community groups, etc.) on what defines human trafficking, the local prevalence of the issue, and how to identify and assist victims and survivors of human trafficking.

THREE: Emphasize prevention

Emphasize prevention of human trafficking by A) identifying risk factors, including substance abuse and interpersonal violence; B) identifying vulnerable individuals, including youth; and C) educating those individuals and groups on strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors.

FOUR: promote community

Promote community collaboration around the topic of human trafficking, including sharing information, providing training, and identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking.

FIVE: support survivors

Advocate for and support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward wholeness and to connect victims of human trafficking to agencies who have the resources to meet their needs.


The Stand Against Trafficking Coalition was birthed out of the merger of two groups within Springfield, Missouri who were both working to address the issue of human trafficking. One group was a grassroots effort by individuals whose passion about the issue led them to raise money in order to host a local conference; the other group was a subcommittee of the Violence Free Families coalition, working on projects to educate and inform the community about trafficking.

When these two groups decided to combine and join their efforts, the impact expanded exponentially. The group then organized as an officially registered coalition with the Division of Behavioral Health, which has built their capacity and established them as an resource for trafficking prevention in Greene County. The work of the coalition involves collaboration from multiple community agencies and organizations as well as individuals in the community, all who have a desire to fulfill the mission.


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  • "NightLight International Reaches out to all those who are negatively impacted by sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation."

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  • "FREE International is a faith based, grassroots organization that is creating strategic partnerships with law enforcement, government officials, health care agencies, churches, organizations and real people."

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  • "With God’s help, Oasis exists to facilitate the healing and restoration of U.S. based, under-age survivors of sex trafficking and transition them into healthy, stable, and supportive homes."

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