it’s not the destination. it’s the journey.
Our travels have allowed us to meet amazing people that share our vision of ending human suffering. We are humbled to be part of the fight against human trafficking.
Throughout our appearances, we have also gathered extensive feedback on our Virtual Reality experience, TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story, to make it accessible for everyone, especially those that have never even heard of or experienced VR. Educators, school administrators, teachers, parents and children have shared their feedback at our showcases, exhibitions, and lectures, allowing us to improve the experience for you.
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Future and Past
February 29, 2020 – Los Angeles, CA. Join Radical Empathy and Operation Underground Railroad at Tony Robbins’ Birthday Party Concert to learn more about how human trafficking is real and how it can happen to anyone.
In fully interactive Virtual Reality, you can explore the world of a 13 year old girl, Lisa, and uncover clues that explain how she became a victim of human trafficking after she met a boy online who gave her the attention she was not getting from her parents.
Come visit Radical Empathy and we will teach you how to recognize common red flags and give you a high level view of just how bad the problem is. You’ll walk away knowing more than you ever did and be ready to tell others about this invisible epidemic that reaches into every neighborhood in the world, including America.
Check out the details here.
January 25, 2020 – Salt Lake City, UT. Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) is a non-profit founded by Tim Ballard which assists governments around the world in the rescue of human trafficking and sex trafficking victims, with a special focus on children.
Second Thursday of January, February, March, and April, 2020 – Austin, TX. Educating parents and children through Austin Voices for Education and Youth at a monthly Central Texas Food Bank event. Central Texas Food Bank provides a semi full of food twice a month at the For The City Center and we’ll be there on the second Thursday of each month, starting in January:
Thursday, January 9; Thursday, February 13; Thursday, March 12; Thursday, April 9. Location and time: For The City Center, 500 East St. Johns Ave. The pantry opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 11:00
Average attendance for each pantry approaches 300 families with Central Texas Food Bank providing the food.
Fun Trivia: this location also happens to where the Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CTCAHT) meets.
November 22, 2019 – Ft. Worth, TX. Radical Empathy welcomes our newest licensee into the fold.
At UNT Health Science Center, we train the health care providers and public health professionals of the future, while expanding the frontiers of scientific discovery. In our six schools, our students learn to work in teams and to develop an innovative mindset that prepares them for a rapidly changing health landscape. We remain committed to this profound purpose: To transform lives in order to improve the lives of others.
November 21, 2019 – Houston, TX. This year’s fight night will bring together amateur boxers regulated by USA Boxing and trained and mentored through Savarese Fight Fit.
Black Tie Boxing will feature Energy Commodity Traders, Brokers, Investment Bankers and Executives trained to fight under the supervision and coaching of Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lou Savarese.
October 4, 2019 – Texas State Capitol, TX. We had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Can You See Me? campaign.
On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Trafficking Team will launch its Can You See Me? campaign, which will include a series of billboards placed across Texas that depict images of the most common forms of modern slavery.
The trafficking team, in partnership with A21 and the Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas, designed the campaign to help the public recognize indicators of trafficking and learn how to report it. The billboards will appear in at least 70 markets statewide, Abbott’s Office says.
September 28, 2019, from 9:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. – Austin Independent School District Health Summit and Fair, Kealing Middle School, Austin, TX. Hispanic Austin Leadership and Austin ISD are proud to present a community health summit focused on mental wellness and health.
Parents, Teachers, Students, and families will learn about the mental health resources available to them in AISD and Austin/Travis County. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, as well as interact with mental health professionals.
The event will feature keynote speakers, vendors, prizes and food. Breakfast and registration will start at 9:30 a.m.
September 25-26, 2019 – Oculus Connect 6, San Jose, CA. Oculus Connect 6 will be held September 25 & 26 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in California. It’s our moment to think bigger, build smarter, and realize the true potential of what we’ve all created.
Join us for deep-dive sessions, first-hand feedback from Oculus employees and so much more. Check out our blog post for more info, mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates and registration announcements. We hope to see you at OC6.
September 20, 2019 – 2nd Annual Ralph J. Anderson, MD Women’s Health Symposium – Sex Trafficking: Moving Beyond Awareness, Ft. Worth, TX: This symposium is hosted by JPS Health Network and UNT Health Science Center’s INCEDO. Attendees will experience real life stories, insights and resources from human trafficking organizations that include Rescue Houston, POETIC, The Net, UnBound Fort Worth, One Safe Place and US Homeland Security.
Join us as we go beyond awareness to empower local providers and administrators with the information, tools, programs and resources that will help trafficking victims break free from the chains of modern slavery and experience a life of hope, support and happiness.
POETIC Co-Founder and Co-CEO, HaeSung Han, PsyD. ATR-BC, LCAT will be speaking at the Symposium
Our One Generation Education System is being demonstrated for attendees and special guests.
September 18, 2019 – St. Edwards Nonprofit and Volunteer Fair, Austin, TX. At the beginning of the academic year, St. Edward’s hosts the Nonprofit & Volunteer Fair. Attendees at the fair can expect to interact with nonprofit organizations from the Austin community, university-sponsored organizations that focus on serving the community, and domestic and international post-graduate volunteer opportunities. Representatives promote volunteer opportunities, internships, and possible jobs within their organizations.
The Nonprofit & Volunteer Fair is a great time to look for that new volunteer opportunity or gain valuable experience in an internship. If you are graduating in May, you may want to stop by and visit with some of the organizations offering post-graduate opportunities. This event takes place mid-September.
September 16, 2019, 6:30pm – GoBox Training, Sugarland, TX: an interactive class designed to educate the community on the Human Trafficking issues and anti-trafficking efforts underway in the Greater Houston areas. Our One Generation Education System is being demonstrated for attendees of the training / information session.
September 17, 2019, 7pm – GoBox Training, Houston (Woodland Heights), TX: An interactive class designed to educate the community on the Human Trafficking issues and anti-trafficking efforts underway in the Greater Houston areas. Our One Generation Education System is being demonstrated for attendees of the training / information session.
August 29, 2019 – Austin Young Chamber’s 10th Annual Non-Profit Fair, Ascension Seton, Austin, TX: This signature event will showcase local nonprofits that offer rewarding opportunities for young professionals to serve in the Austin community. The AYC Nonprofit Fair is free both for community members to attend and for the nonprofits who are selected to participate in the event.
August 14-16, 2019 – 2019 FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Leadership Conference, Houston, Texas. This annual capstone event brings together keynote speakers, practical workshops, case studies, networking events, awards, and more to support continued development and success of FBICAAA Chapters. REEF is demonstrating our VR experience at the conference.
August 6, 2019 – RedM Talk, Houston, TX. RedM is a pro-bono, crowdsourcing and networking movement about improving the human condition by connecting highly skilled individuals to the organizations that need them most. Billy Joe Cain, President of Radical Empathy and Minal Davis, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking and 2018 Presidential Award Recipient, speak about human trafficking and prevention education in the Houston area.
August 3, 2019 – 14th Annual Back to School Bash and Safety Fair, Austin, TX. We will exhibit from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 3 at the Palmer Events Center. Austin ISD, in collaboration with the City of Austin, will host its 14th Annual Back to School Bash and Safety Fair. More than 120 community organizations and district departments will provide information and activities to prepare AISD students for a safe and successful school year.
June 25, 2019 – Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Light the Way to Freedom to End Human Trafficking 2019 Summit, Austin, TX. Commissioner Whitman and the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) cordially invite you to attend Light the Way to Freedom to End Human Trafficking 2019 Summit in Austin, Texas.
The 2019 Summit will feature a variety of Texas leaders and nationally recognized experts including survivors of trafficking. Presenters will cover a wide array of issues surrounding Human Trafficking efforts in Texas and the nation. DFPS invites all disciplines from all levels of experience to participate, collaborate and help increase awareness, prevention, identification, restoration and justice in the fight to end human trafficking.
Target Audience includes: DFPS staff, dignitaries, judges, law enforcement (Federal, State and Local), prosecutors, government officials, and key Human Trafficking partners i.e. task forces, coalitions, advocates and providers.
June 21, 2019 – Harris County Area Anti-Sex Trafficking Summit, Houston, TX. The Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team is excited to invite you to an area wide summit that will allow us all to take a deep dive into the anti-trafficking work being done across our county. We will be hosting a Harris County Anti-Sex Trafficking Strategic Planning Summit and we hope you will join us!
This will be a day of inspiration and action as we all come together to examine the work being done in prevention, recognition, recovery, restoration, and bringing justice for survivors. We will have specialized workgroups in each of the aforementioned categories which will lay the groundwork for strengthening our response across these vital areas.
The purpose of this summit is threefold:
UNITE: A unifying event to allow all involved in this work to connect and strategize…because we can do so much more together!
INFORM: Who is doing what across this great county and how does one become involved and/or support their county partners in their vital work? We must be well informed of ALL the resources available to us to eradicate sex trafficking in our community and across the state while at the same time ensure our survivors have access to the best healing and restorative resources possible!
IDENTIFY: Who/what is missing in this robust continuum and how do we fill these gaps? Although we have a lot of great people and resources at the table, we still need more and a very good understanding of what exactly is needed!
As we Unite, Inform and Identify, we will be able to develop a strong strategic plan that will help us move the needle across all the various aspects of anti-trafficking work in Harris County.
June 12-13 2019 – LearnFestATX, Austin, TX. The Learning Festival, or “LearnFestATX” for short, is an event hosted by Eanes ISD and held at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. This event (formerly known as iPadpalooza) is a celebration of the cultural shift that technology has brought about in education and the world. This event will focus on creativity, social collaboration, problem solving, engagement and the compelling ways schools have integrated innovation into their classrooms. REEF is demonstrating its One Generation Education System in the expo area.
We were blessed to have Sharon Windham from United for Human Dignity (UFHD) to speak during our event. She and Darwin Ruiz (also from UFHD) are in the picture with Billy Joe Cain.
May 1-2, 2019 – Run for the Unicorns, Louisville, KY. We were asked to exhibit our One Generation Education System at this prestigious conference that focuses on Artificial Intelligence, Futurism, Blockchain Technology, Gaming, and Virtual and Augmented Reality.
May 1-2, 2019 – Run for the Unicorns, Louisville, KY: Billy Joe Cain was invited to participate on multiple moderated panels: Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality; Artificial Intelligence; and Video Games / Virtual Reality / Blockchain.
On both dates and at both locations, Hispanic Austin Leadership and Austin ISD are proud to present a community health summit focused on mental wellness and health. Students and families will learn about the mental health resources available to them in AISD and Travis County.
Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, as well as interact with mental health professionals. The event will feature keynote speakers, vendors, prizes and food. Breakfast and registration will start at 8:30 a.m.
March 10, 2019 – The XR Get Down (Industry Professionals Only) at the Capital Factory in Austin, TX. We are proud and excited to attend and demonstrate The One Generation Education System for their exclusive attendees.
January 26, 2019 – Educators from across the world converge in Vista, California to learn the newest techniques in educational development at their Design Camp. Radical Empathy demonstrates to these experts in their field.
January 25, 2019 – Vista Innovation and Design Academy teachers and students will take a break from their classes to walk in the shoes of a victim of minor sex trafficking, through our innovative human trafficking awareness education program called One Generation.
January 22, 2019 – The Texas State Capitol’s Human Trafficking Victim Advocacy Day includes One Generation demonstrations for many legislators and their staff.
June 6-7, 2018 – The Inaugural LINK VR Showcase, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX. LINK VR Showcase is an immersive tech (XR) event series that will premier with a focus on Education and Training. Part conference, part expo, part hackathon, LINK convenes key leaders in the worlds of immersive technology, and creates space for accelerating the adoption of XR in Education and Training. The key objective for LINK VR Showcase is to allow companies with emerging XR technologies to gain prospect and ultimately business. Join developers, researchers, change agents, educators, and more in experiencing applications that are shaping the way the students of tomorrow will learn.
March 12-13, 2018 – Capital Factory Future of Tech, Austin, TX. Capital Factory teamed up with partners, local and global, to create the tech connoisseur’s private oasis during Festival-craziness. We showcased TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story for attendees.
March 11, 2018 – PBS KLRU, Austin, TX. PBS’s Decibel Features VR Experience TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story from Radical Empathy Education Foundation.
March 7th, 2018 – Live on Fox 7 Austin, Austin, TX. FOX 7 AUSTIN’s Good Day Austin Showcases TRAPPED: A VR Detective Story During South by Southwest.
November 10, 2017 – ECPAT-USA Freedom Awards, New York, NY. ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial, sexual exploitation of children through awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. Freedom Awards is a celebration to honor leaders in the fight to end child trafficking and exploitation. We attended and met some awe-inspiring people.
October 24-26, 2017 – JuST Conference, New Orleans, LA. This unforgettable and inspiring conference featured today’s most pressing issues in the anti-trafficking field. We were proud and excited to attend and demonstrate TRAPPED in their expo area.
October 10, 2017 – Austin Startup Week. “How to Democratize Virtual Reality Therapy“ (10am-12:30), Capital Factory, Austin, TX. Billy is speaking with some other amazing people with unique ideas of how to change the world with VR and AR. Speakers: Irene Brinker, Chief Executive Officer / Co-Founder, Sence Tech; Billy Joe Cain – Founder, Radical Empathy Education Foundation; Kevin Percival – Team Member, Deep Dive Interactive; Timothy Porter – Lead Technical Artist, Underminer Studios; Alexandria Porter – CEO, IDEGO
Pictured, from left: MJ Johns – Founder / Director, Astire Games, Andrew Caven – Founder, Axon Virtual Health, Billy Joe Cain – President / Founder, Radical Empathy Education Foundation (moderator), Kevin Chaja – CEO and Founder, Color Black, Timothy Porter – Owner / CTO, Underminer Studios, Nicole Lazzaro – CEO, XEODesign original moderator, could not attend, (not pictured)
June 6-8, 2017 – Social Innovation Summit, Chicago, IL. We attended and met so many amazing people. The conference was filled with individuals that are changing the world with tech and innovative ideas and we hope that we can attend many more of these events. It was heartening to learn how many people are making such huge progress, helping others help themselves.
May 28, 2017 – Austin Game Developer Showcase, Austin, TX. We took the feedback from the May 24th event and updated TRAPPED so we could demo it and get additional feedback. Met some great people and groups interested in helping with the fight against human trafficking. We also were honored to win a Best In Show award for our work from the sponsors and donors. A wonderful night for sure!
Radical Empathy and Operation Underground Railroad at Tony Robbins’ Birthday Party Concert
Demonstrating at the 2019 Classic Game Fest in Austin, Texas
Sharon Windham and Darwin Ruiz from United for Human Dignity join Billy Joe Cain at A 2nd Cup during the Houston Premiere of One Generation Education System. Sharon was the surprise speaker that opened the evening festivities.
Erica Raggett, the owner of A 2nd Cup, a coffee shop that donates to organizations that stop human trafficking and help survivors, tries virtual reality while she carries her child at A 2nd Cup in Houston, Texas
A Killeen, Texas student, at Austin Independent School District’s Mental Health Summit, learns how psychological manipulation can lead to being sold for sex
Closeup of “Big Boy,” the guy that hangs onto the VR headset while waiting for you at our Experience Events
David Miller learns about human trafficking at Lanier High School in Austin, TX, during Austin Independent School District’s Mental Health Summit