Ranch Hands Rescue’s Historic Billboard Campaign in New York City to Highlight The Need to Identify, Support Male Victims of Human Trafficking

WHO: Bob Williams, Ranch Hands Rescue CEO, Landon Dickeson, Ranch Hands Rescue, Executive Director, a group dedicated to reaching and helping survivors of human trafficking throughout the country WHAT: Times Square billboard campaign to help identify, support male victims of human trafficking in New York City and beyond  WHEN: Beginning Monday, August 14 for four weeks WHERE: Double Display in … Read More

Ranch Hands Rescue Receives Grant From The Human-Animal Alliance

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Press Release: August 28, 2023 The Human-Animal Alliance has awarded a $20,000 grant to Ranch Hands Rescue for the provision of trauma-informed Equine and Animal Assisted Counseling sessions. The Human-Animal Alliance was built on the knowledge of just how powerful the human-animal bond can be. They believe that all humans deserve the opportunity to have animals in their lives and … Read More

Male Sex Trafficking: The Invisible Victims

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Written by Mags Gullo, Program Director for Bob’s House of Hope In today’s world, most people have heard of human trafficking. When we think of human trafficking, most of us probably think of labor trafficking or the sex trafficking of women in other countries. The problem with this thought process is that we overlook boys and young men who actually … Read More

Self-Care & Community Care: The Importance of Incorporating Both Into Our Lives

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By Jordan Small, MA, LPC COVID-19 has impacted many people in negative ways. Research shows that people have experienced an increase in anxiety, depression, fear, social isolation, and a decrease in distress tolerance (Usher et al., 2020).  Additionally, research explains that the lack of in-person social connections has caused poor physical and emotional health (Usher et al., 2020). As a … Read More

How can parents and caregivers keep their kids safe from online predators?

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By Kim Robinson, PhD This is a question we at Ranch Hands Rescue are often asked when speaking in the community. Our answer is simple. The greatest weapon in the fight against child sex trafficking is “INFORMATION”. It is the foundation for all of the other tools we use to combat this crime. This is a tough topic for parents … Read More

How to Relate Better with Your Children Using Play Therapy skills

Entry submitted by GERARDO BLANCO, MS, LPC, LMFT-S, RPT You may be asking yourself, “What is play therapy and why should I consider parts of this approach with my child.” Simply put, Play Therapy is aptitude in relationship. It is utilizing the art of relating and responding to build a relationship and increase a positive connection. One of the most … Read More


I love the Trisha Yearwood song from the early 90’s, The Song Remembers When, in which she sings about hearing a song on the radio. As a therapist now I recognize this as a trigger. It stirred a memory of a past relationship and she describes her reaction: “It was like a lighted match had been tossed into my soul … Read More

What You Can Do to Help Stop Human Trafficking

By Dr. Kim Robinson As a licensed Psychologist and counselor working at Ranch Hands Rescue, I am proud to have the privilege of educating my spheres of influence about the heinous crime of human trafficking. This has truly been some of the most gratifying work that I have engaged in since working as a psychologist. I am a part of … Read More

The Power of Working with Animals

By Monique Van Houten, MS, LPC-Associate Supervised by Supervised by Joye Jones, LPC-Supervisor I have heard time and time again from clients, friends, and family that animals are “supportive” and they “make me feel better”. I have often wondered why this is, finding myself thinking that there has to be more to it than they are cute. When looking into … Read More

Social Media Promotes Human Trafficking, But You Can Keep Your Child Safe

In the last few decades, social media has made itself a regular part of life for many people. There are many different platforms catered to different purposes, interests and generations. Whether your interests are video games, memes, politics or even genuinely stoked goats (yes, that is a real Facebook page), there is a social media landscape perfect for you. Even … Read More