Sharon L Ward, MS, LPC, NCC
These resources are verified from time to time, but may not be the most current and I do not guarantee the quality of services provided by these entities. If you have issues with these links or phone numbers, please let me know!
www.prepare-enrich.com Home page for more information about the PREPARE and ENRICH program
www.SecondSaturdayFortWorth.com - good resource for people who are considering divorce - provides answers to questions about legal, emotional and financial issues that arise in the process. 817-789-9982
https://alz.org/ Alzheimer's Association national website
https://connect2affect.org/ Information on local and national resources for support and social connection for adults and children. Collaborative effort with AARP and other national caregiving entities.
https://ideas.ted.com/how-to-turn-small-talk-into-smart-conversation/ humorous but helpful TED talk on making small talk
www.medlineplus.gov Great resource for all kinds of medical and drug information
www.aacap.org American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
www.maverickstreetcounseling.com Link to information about some of the other independently practicing therapists in the Aledo office building
https://www.gtw-health.com/location/fort-worth Girls to Women and Young Men's Health and Wellness for information about other independently practicing doctors, nurses, therapists and dietitians at the Dallas and Fort Worth locations [click Our Practice at the top of the page for specific locations and providers.]
www.edap.org Information and resources about eating disorders
https://mindyourmind.ca/wellness/media-awareness Media literacy and awareness – critical in prevention of eating disorders
www.texas-al-anon.org Links to calendar and locations for Al-Anon meetings in Texas
www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default/shtm State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
https://www.hollandcodes.com/self_directed_search.html Online version of Holland Self Directed Search - career interest inventory. https://self-directed-search.com [free]
National Suicide Prevention 800-273-8255 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Tarrant County MHMR Crisis Intervention: 817-335-3022 or 800-866-2465
Erath County MHMR 254-986-4148
Suicide and Crisis Center 214-828-1000
Human Trafficking Information:
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines trafficking into sex trafficking and labor trafficking and any commercial sex act is considered sex trafficking in individuals younger than 18 years of age. For adults, sex trafficking occurs when there is an element of force, fraud, or coercion along with commercial sex acts, which is considered different from consensual commercial sex. Labor trafficking encompasses those individuals actively manipulated into situations of labor exploitation through involuntary servitude or slavery. A person does not need to be transported physically from one location to another for the crime to fall within the trafficking definitions stated here (U.S. Department of State, 2000).
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed in 2000, officially making human trafficking a federal offense. The act, which is enforced by the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, also established the T visa, allowing eligible trafficked individuals and their families to become temporary U.S. residents, with eligibility to become permanent residents after 3 years.
Sex and labor trafficking can occur in a variety of licit and illicit settings. Formal industries and ways in which sex and labor trafficking occurs in the United States include
• agriculture, including seasonal harvesting work or caring for animals;
• domestic work, including cooking, cleaning, other household work, and care giving;
• restaurants and small businesses, including waitstaff, kitchen staff, bussers, or dishwashers;
• traveling sales crews, and peddling and begging rings, including selling candy, magazine subscriptions, and other goods or soliciting money;
• health and beauty services, including nail salons, hair salons, spas, or massage parlors;
• escort services through agencies and online sex sites; and
• brothels, which can be home-based, lodge-based, or road (truck stop)-based.
The 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report identifies a list of populations that have increased vulnerabilities to trafficking in the United States. These groups may seem to have little in common, but they are all at a greater risk for trafficking. These populations include
• children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems;
• runaway and homeless youth;
• children working in agriculture;
• American Indians and Alaska Natives;
• migrant laborers;
• foreign national domestic workers in diplomatic households;
• employees of businesses in ethnic communities;
• populations with limited English proficiency;
• persons with disabilities;
• rural populations; and
• lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Living in rural areas increases vulnerability to human trafficking, because sparsely populated regions make the act of trafficking easier to hide.
However, not all traffickers use physical force to exert control. Instead, traffickers use a myriad of powerful coercive techniques, such as deception and legal threats, to groom and exploit others (UNODC, 2014).
Traffickers may use deception to insert themselves into the lives of those they are controlling. False promises and offers evolve into a more sinister reality of abuse and exploitation. Threats of legal or social repercussions may control the individual; many traffickers prey upon the person’s fear of being deported or arrested. Conversely, traffickers may show intimacy and affection toward the person, who may have been deprived of both before and during trafficking (Zimmerman, Hossain, & Watts, 2011), and then use that perception of a close relationship to manipulate and exploit the person.
Human Trafficking Hotline: text "be free" to 233733
Unbound's Underground at One Safe Place: 817-885-7735 1000 Hemphill Street, Fort Worth Bus Route #1 Open to 22 and under.