2018 At A Glance - A Letter from the Director
Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. As I look back on 2018 and the incredible year Love People Not Pixels has had, it’s clear to see that we couldn’t have done any of it without your love and support. 2018 was a year of growth and finding our identity as a new organization.
The year started off with a complete re-brand. Our official name change to “Love People Not Pixels” and the adoption of our “Victory” logo really solidified our message and mission.
This past year, Love People Not Pixels became known as the leading non-profit in the greater Houston area that is fighting human trafficking using a demand reduction strategy. We went from a volunteer organization with a bi-vocational founder to an organization with 3 full time paid staff and a number of dedicated Defenders.
We built key partnerships and relationships with many churches, private schools, law enforcement agencies, local government leaders, other non-profit partners and donors. We brought our message to parents, to students, and to abolitionists already passionate and engaged in the fight against human sex trafficking. When we raised our hands and said that we were tackling the issue of demand, requests for our programs and services outpaced our resources (both human and financial). That was a good challenge for us. It has been a fantastic year.
For me, the most exciting part of 2018 was the development and implementation of our “Defender” model. Our strategy to fulfill our mission to fight the demand for human sex trafficking is rooted in concept of raising up Defenders who take action in their lives, families and communities. Raising up and supporting Defenders has become Love People Not Pixels’ core purpose and this will continue in 2019.
Love People Not Pixels will never be satisfied with simply raising awareness. We desire action. We desire impact. Together, that is how we will inspire the culture shift that will ultimately reduce the demand for commercial sex services.
We are so proud of the ways that we, together, were able to Defend Love in Houston this year. Some of these ways include the cancellation of a BDSM expo in the ballroom at a Houston-area airport hotel, the part we played in getting the City of Houston and Harris County to close their doors to the country’s first robot brothel, providing direct support for arrested sex buyers, helping families raise kids in the pornified landscape of today, and working with local leaders to shut down illegal commercial sex businesses.
As you can see, Defenders had a tremendous impact across the city in 2018. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.
Thank you for your hearts. If you are receiving this letter, you are a Defender.