Human Traffic Watch

A 2nd Cup coffee shop works against trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on September 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

When visiting a coffee shop, one might expect to get a latte or an espresso, but a shop in the Heights is offering something more — information about human trafficking in Houston and how to fight it.

Located at The Vineyard Church on 11th Street in the Heights, A 2nd Cup is a nonprofit coffee shop that seeks to educate people about human trafficking, to partner with anti-trafficking organizations and to fund after-care programs for survivors of human trafficking.

A 2nd Cup founder and president Erica Raggett said she decided to do something to fight human trafficking after watching a video from an anti-trafficking group in Connecticut called Love 146.

“I saw the video and I was just blown away,” Raggett said. “I couldn’t believe that [human-trafficking] was happening … I walked away from that, knowing that I wanted to do something about it.”

In February 2011 Raggett decided to merge her desire to fulfill the needs of other people with a lifetime love of coffee shops, and the idea for A 2nd Cup was born. By September 2011 she had assembled a board of directors, and A 2ndCup officially became a nonprofit in Texas, Raggett said.

Source: Rice Thresher

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