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Media coverage of The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) in Austin, Texas. This includes newsletters as well.
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The Refuge for child sex trafficking to open soon
(KVUE) “So, when we open for 48 girls, it's a start but it's not enough,” said Steven Phenix of The Refuge. The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is developing The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Read More >>>
Solutions: What Texas can do to help child sex-trafficking victims
(TEXAS TRIBUNE) “We have to build the places. We have to create the places. That money has to be raised,” said Brooke Crowder, the founder and executive director of The Refuge, who’s in the middle of raising more than $6 million to build a facility for 48 child sex-trafficking victims in Bastrop. “At the end of the day, the state has to be willing to put resources for infrastructure to house and care for these children.” Read More >>>
Center for sex trafficking survivors breaks ground in Bastrop County
(BASTROP ADVERTISER/AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN) “There has been a great awakening going on that our children in the United States have been bought and sold for sex at an alarming rate,” Refuge founder Brooke Crowder told the crowd. “We recognize that there are so few places for them to heal. Our mission is to be that place. And today represents one day closer to that dream.” Read More >>>
Haven for trafficking victims in Central Texas still seeking funds
(AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN) “'When Brooke told me the ideal target in Austin for human trafficking was a 12-year-old girl, it broke my heart. I have a 12-year-old girl,' [Pastor Randy Phillips] said. 'Joining with Brooke to empower her dreams at the Refuge became our mission.'
"But Crowder said the work is not done. She is focused on raising the remainder of the $2 million the group needs by the end of the year." Read More >>>
Safe Haven for Sex Trafficked Girls Coming to Texas
(BREITBART) “When we talk about domestic victims, we are talking about girls born and raised in the United States and they are trafficked in the United States, often city to city and state to state,” said Brooke Crowder, founder and director of the non-profit Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) in an interview with Breitbart Texas. Crowder said the project breaks ground in the Austin-area later this month. “We only have 24 beds for child sex trafficking victims in Texas,” she commented. The Refuge ranch will offer 48 beds, more than at any other facility. Read More >>>
(KUT-FM "TEXAS STANDARD") "Trafficking victims have nowhere to go once they’re rescued except juvenile detention centers. That’s about to change." Read More >>>
(AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN) Brooke Crowder, the Executive Director of The Refuge, found her calling in graduate school when she saw a video of young girls being pulled out of a hole in the floor of a brothel in India. They had been victims of sex traffickers. The footage left her weeping for an hour. That cause, her advisor told her, could be what you do with your life. Read More >>