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  • Zephaniah Trevino’s Defense Fund

    The parents of 16 year old Zephaniah “Zephi” Trevino are seeking assistance with her legal case.

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Our daughter’s name is Zephaniah “Zephi” Trevino. She is 16 years old and is a junior in high school. She is currently charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery.

Our daughter was raised in a faith-based home surrounded by a loving family. She is the youngest of four siblings. She lives in Grand Prairie,Texas and is a loving and beautiful young lady. Before meeting this tragic circumstance, she was outgoing and involved with many activities such as her church worship team, select fastpitch softball, and had recently made the drill team at her high school. Everyone who had met our daughter could feel the impact of her loving and caring personality. She loves hard and feels deeply.

Her life drastically changed when she was introduced her to drugs by an abusive boyfriend. Her life spiraled fast, she began to change mentally and physically; ran away often. In May of 2019 she met an adult that began grooming her for sex trafficking through coercion by using physical threats, threats of death against her family and drugs.

Zephi had been forced, a number of times, to participate in sexual acts with adults by her trafficker. Ultimately, this cycle of abuse ended with her trafficker killing a man that Zephi was being forced to perform sexual acts with.

She has been in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice facility since last fall awaiting trial. Even though the District Attorney’s office has been made aware that Zephi was being forced to perform sexual acts on adults due to threats of harm by her trafficker if she tried to leave him.

The public defender that was assigned to Zephi’s case is pushing her to take a plea deal with a long sentence rather than defending her at trial. However, our daughter maintains her innocence.
 
In response, we are having to gather funds to pay for a legal defense to fight on our daughter’s behalf. She has been victimized by sex trafficking and is now being charged for a crime that she did not commit. The person who committed the crime is the same person who was victimizing our daughter with physical threats.

Please consider helping us raise a legal defense that will fight for her life. 

Henry & Crystal Trevino

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5 Comments

  1. Avatar Crystal Trevino

    Thank you to everyone who has donated for our daughters defense. We are grateful and blessed to know people do care and want to help. May God Bless you greatly.

    Sincerely,
    Trevino Family

  2. Avatar JO

    Prayers 4 your daughter I would suggest getting in touch with Ashton Kutcher(Actor) as this is one of his big Causes Best Wishes 2 U All

  3. Avatar JL

    I read your daughter’s story on FB. I would like to share it with a very good attorney, she is top rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Dallas.

  4. Avatar Trevino Family

    Thank you everyone for the support, prayers, and love you are expressing. This time has been very difficult and with this support gives our daughter and family a new hope and strength. We will continue to fight this injustice and become her voice for freedom. We are forever grateful and thankful to each and every friend, family, and person who donated money. The challenge is huge before us but with God and support of the community we believe our daughter will be able to heal from this tragic and horrible nightmare.

    As an update we have secured legal council and trust that they will be diligent in her fight for her innocence and freedom. #freezephi

    No child or parent should ever have to go through this horror and battle the legal system. We pray this brings an awareness to the community that it can happen to anyone’s child and your world forever changes.

    All money donated is being raised and will pay for legal fees for our daughters case and possible trial fees.

    Thank you again for the bottom of our hearts and we pray a huge blessing over everyone that has donated, prayed, checked on us, and supported our family through this difficult time.

    The Trevino Family

  5. Avatar Dalia Cipriano "Chavez Mom"

    Prayers going out for your family….. we were softball family for a short time and her Big softball sister Chavez brought this to my attention with much concern…. we have a pretty big following on FB and many have shared…. Prayers for you guys strength and for Zephi.. someone mentioned reaching out to a resource by the name of Mosaic Services stating they are very helpful and adamant about helping victims of sex trafficking….. hope God turns these tables and brings Zephi and your family out of all this….

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