REFLECTION MINISTRIES NEWSLETTERS
When Lisa Bownds was 18-years-old, she was sexually trafficked in the Denton and Dallas areas of Texas. Despite this challenge, today Bownds is the founder and CEO of Reflection Ministries where she has dedicated her life to rescuing sex trafficking victims in Midland and Odessa. Read More
MIDLAND, Texas (YourBasin) – Human trafficking has continued to grow every one here in the states. In the Basin area numbers continue to grow as people are getting move through I-20 and I-10.
“It’s very prevalent in our area because we have a lot of men that come here for the oil and the businesses that are functioning out here. It is a big problem. It’s very important that we learn how to identify those young girls and boys who are… Read More
During booms, the Permian Basin sees a rise in prostitution charges. But misperceptions and stereotypes about sex work have led to policies that may actually harm the women involved. Read More
Reflection Ministries, a Midland-based nonprofit established in 2016, is preparing to open the region’s first long-term care facility for victims of sex-trafficking.
The group presented a lecture at Midland College Thursday night, as a part of Phi Theta Kappa Student Honor Society’s Honors in Action initiative. According to Reflection Ministries President Lisa Bownds, the nonprofit has spoken in front of more than 900 people around the Permian Basin since May, spreading awareness of an issue… Read More
Reflection Ministries showed donors the progress on the development on “The Village” Thursday. It can currently house 15 survivors, but they hope to expand over the next few years to as many as 80. All of it has been funded privately by businesses and individuals in the Basin. Read More
Permian Basin has become a “hub” for human trafficking, according to the CEO of a nonprofit dedicated to helping victims.
Lisa Bownds with Reflection Ministries of Texas spoke about human trafficking in West Texas at the Republican Women of Midland’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday and said… Read More
Thursday night, two organizations came together to shine light on the growing problem.A lecture was held on the Midland College campus, aiming to bring awareness to the community.
Right now, the problem goes beyond sex trafficking. If a victim makes it out alive, they have no place to go. Read More
The Reflection Ministries of Texas has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation.
The money will go to their crisis assessment and intervention for adult victims of human trafficking. Read More
As an 18-year-old college student, Lisa Bownds thought she was in a relationship with a man whom she thought was her boyfriend.
It was later determined the man whom Bownds believed was her boyfriend was actually serving as her pimp. Bownds didn’t share that information for 40 years… Read More
A local nonprofit that was established to help victims of human trafficking is seeking to build a facility to provide services for these individuals.
Reflection Ministries of Texas provided information for the Midland City Council on Tuesday, and the presentation detailed the extent of the problem and what can be done locally to help those impacted… Read More
Reflection Ministries in Midland will make a special presentation to city council on June 26 in hopes the city will give them a piece of property to build an “Empowerment Center.”
The organization’s mission is to provide services in helping victims of human trafficking to get back on their feet and rejoin society… Read More
RECOGNITION OF EXEMPTION FROM INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE:
501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization (Established May 8, 2017) Reflection Ministries, Inc. Shall conduct any and all activities deemed necessary and proper by the Board of Directors consistent with the laws of the United States of America and the State of Texas. Said activities shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) The provision of immediate and long-term freedom for adult victims of sex trafficking, or of any form of commercial sexual exploitation, through protective housing, health services, counseling, identity recovery, education and job skills assessment and the development of life skills necessary for reintegration into a non-victim community; and
(b) The increase of public awareness of the danger signs and prevention of sexual exploitation and trafficking through the development of age appropriate educational curricula and programs for children in elementary and secondary schools as well as for educators, youth workers, counselors, and pastors.