Endorsements & Participating Companies
“As a leader in our industry, The Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association, Inc. (GHRA) cares a great deal about the communities it serves. With nearly 2,000 GHRA member stores across the greater Houston area, we are able to play a vital role in raising awareness and reaching out to potential victims of human trafficking. GHRA is proud to participate in the Convenience Stores Against Trafficking initiative to promote safety and support for our communities.”
– Mike Thompson, CEO, Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association, Inc.
“I feel that the Convenience Stores Against Trafficking initiative has made our store a safer environment. Traffickers don’t want to come in because they know we have taken a stand against human trafficking.”
– Kent Couch, Owner Stop and Go Mini Mart and Growler Guys
“Polaris supports In Our Backyard’s new Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) program. Similar to the Truckers Against Trafficking industry model, through training on human trafficking indicators and Freedom Stickers with the National Human Trafficking Hotline, CSAT is empowering an industry that serves half of the U.S. population daily to help stop human trafficking in their communities. Engaging new industries in the fight against trafficking is a critical step toward ending this crime and we appreciate CSAT’s leadership in this effort.”
– Jenna Novak, Strategic Engagement Advisor, Polaris
“The Convenience Stores Against Trafficking project helps educate convenience store owners about trafficking and how they can help. Convenience store owners can enable countless victims to access the assistance they need. I wholeheartedly applaud the work that In Our Backyard has done to combat the scourge of human trafficking in our nation.” – Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas
“TAT is excited to see CSAT embark on their critical mission to unite all convenience store workers in combating human trafficking and believe their work has the potential to recover many victims while closing loopholes traffickers are currently exploiting.”
– Kendis Paris, Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)
“I applaud Convenience Stores Against Trafficking for their commitment to join forces with the growing number of businesses and organizations combating this issue. They, like the National Runaway Safeline, are on the front lines, in a great position to offer a lifeline to help and support.”
– Maureen Blaha, Executive Director, National Runaway Safeline
“Even one person’s efforts can help save a child. We urge everyone to be apart of the solution by reporting it if they see something suspicious. Together we can show traffickers that their crimes will not be tolerated and show these vulnerable children that someone cares.”
– John Clark, CEO National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
CSAT Participating Companies:
We have more than 18,500 stores in 46 states participating! If you have stores in Delaware, Arizona, Vermont, or Hawaii- we would love to partner with you to get to cover all 50 states!
Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association • Greater Houston Retailers Association • California Fuels and Convenience Alliance • Washington Oil Marketers Association • Georgia Association of Convenience Stores • Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers • Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association • Texas Food & Fuel Association • Western Petroleum Marketers Association • Indiana Food & Fuel Association • Atlanta Retailers Association • Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association • Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association • Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association • Tennessee Oil Marketers Association • Tennessee Fuel & Convenience Store Association • Florida Petroleum Marketers Association •
CSAT is a no-cost program of national 501c3 nonprofit, IN OUR BACKYARD, and relies on generous donations and sponsorships.