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Public Policy Updates – Human Trafficking

December 18th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Public Policy UpdatesRecently, Texas state agencies have raised the profile of a very serious issue, human trafficking. The Texas Attorney General’s office released a report entitled "The Texas Response to Human Trafficking" (.pdf).  The Texas Health and Human Services Commission also released a report on human trafficking in Texas, also entitled "The Texas Response to Human Trafficking".  The State of Texas is recognized as having the best set of state laws on this very important issue and we continue to lead the way for other states as we look to find new and better ways to combat modern day slavery. In November, Senator Leticia Van de Putte and Representative Senfronia Thompson hosted a day of panel discussions and speakers on the Texas response to human trafficking.  Senator Van de Putte as well as Rep. Rafael Anchia, another recognized leader on this issue in the state legislature, have been invited to present at the Christian Life Commission Conference in February. Film producer and activist Justin Dillon will also attend the conference and screen Call+Response, the ground breaking music-filled documentary exposing the underworld of modern day slavery. Senator Van de Putte has filed SB 89(.pdf), which is another step in the right direction as our state looks for a comprehensive, cohesive state policy on human trafficking. There will be great deal of positive activity this session to address this critical issue. Texas’ fight against traffickers will continue as state agencies, legislators and faith leaders all work together.

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