Common Thread Joins Coalition in Stand Against Trafficking

Common Thread, a project of BCFS Health and Human Services, will be featured in a campaign titled “Not in My City,” produced by The Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition (HOTHTC). The goal of the campaign is to share the impact of human trafficking on a local level, encouraging an end to the tragic realities that victims and survivors face in and around Waco, Texas.

Community Advocate Supervisor Miranda Calhoun Burke on set for the “Not in My City” campaign.

The campaign includes Miranda Calhoun Burke, community advocate supervisor with Common Thread, who will be featured in the latest edition of a video for “Not in My City.” As a representative of Common Thread, Miranda has been a partner with HOTHTC since 2017, serving as co-chair of two subcommittees and working with the surrounding Waco area to support initiatives that prevent human trafficking and uplift survivors.

Allison Denman, program director at Unbound Waco (another important partner to HOTHTC), said that Miranda has been an asset in much of their community work, whether preparing for local outreach or collaborating with other leaders in the area to bring about change.

Miranda began partnering with HOTHTC as a community advocate for Common Thread more than two years ago. Now as a community advocate supervisor, Miranda provides oversight to Common Thread staff in Waco and South Texas. In both parts of the state, Miranda understands the importance of her work and strives to ensure that others understand its importance as well.

“I think [the ‘Not in My City’ campaign] will be successful if community members who haven’t yet recognized the role they can play are able to see an invitation or an opportunity to be a part of something bigger,” said Miranda. “We want to make sure that people watching the video recognize that this is something that can happen and does happen where they live, and that we can all play a part in the fight against it.”

Common Thread, a project of BCFS Health and Human Services, is comprised of social workers and survivors across Texas. The program is evidence-based and survivor-informed, operating with the understanding that long-term, dependable, positive adult relationships are the key to recovery after human trafficking.

Read more about the BCFS System’s work in helping survivors of oppression and abuse here.