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What Others Are Saying About Human Trafficking Legislation…

Groups from Across Texas Show Support for Human Trafficking Legislation
Wednesday, May 25, 2011  •  Austin,Texas  •  Press Release

"This legislation begins to give hope to the untold number of children in Texas who have suffered at the hands of human traffickers," Bob Sanborn, President and CEO of Children at Risk said. "CHILDREN AT RISK would like to thank Gov. Perry, Attorney General Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and the Texas Legislature, including Sen. Van de Putte and Rep.Thompson, for making the fight against human trafficking a priority in the state of Texas."

"Children are priceless and should never be used as a commodity," Norma Mullican with Refuge of Light said. "We just want to say thank you Gov. Perry, Sen. Van de Putte, Rep. Thompson and all the others who have worked so diligently to pass legislation that makes it clear, Texas will not turn a blind eye to the horrors of human trafficking."

"I wish to thank Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Senfronia Thompson for initiating these bills and driving them forward," Major Michael Wong, a member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. "As a result of Gov. Perry signing these bills, I anticipate a heightened level of effectiveness in the collaborative efforts by the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, as well as law enforcement and social agencies across the State, as they proactively combat and dismantle the individuals and organizations associated with human trafficking, and provide assistance to the victims."

"With this legislation, Texas remains in the vanguard of combating human trafficking," said Madeline McClure, Executive Director of TexProtects. "This horrific form of child abuse and slavery often stems from "throw-away" and runaway children trying to escape from another horror, which is child abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them."

"I'm very proud to see this legislation signed in to law," Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter, a member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force said.

"I applaud Sen. Van de Putte, Rep. Thompson and Gov. Perry for their leadership on this important issue," Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos said. "We must never forget that human trafficking is not something that only takes place in faraway places. It occurs in our Texas communities. With this legislation we will focus on protecting the victims and making sure no child in Texas is subject to kidnap, imprisonment and slavery."

"Law enforcement officials all over Texas are extremely happy that the legislature has passed and the governor has signed the human trafficking bills that strengthen our ability to fight human trafficking all over Texas," Commander Paul Cross with the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, and a member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force said.

"Human trafficking of children is one of the worst forms of child abuse," Joe Gagen, CEO of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Texas said. "As one of the leading organizations that deal with the consequences of child abuse, Texas CASA salutes Gov. Perry and the legislature for these new laws that will provide more effective deterrents to these abhorrent practices. Texas leads the nation in its efforts to reduce human trafficking and this legislation reflects that leadership."

"The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission looks forward to the challenge of making Texas a safer place while holding accountable those who prey on the unfortunate circumstances of others," TABC Administrator Alan Steen said.

"Human trafficking is a devastating national problem," Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Executive Director Annette Burrhus-Clay said. "And we are heartened that despite the many pressing issues facing our state, our legislators and governor made this a priority."

"Texas family violence programs stand as sometimes the only provider of critical shelter and other services for victims of human trafficking," Gloria Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family Violence said. "In recognition of this continuing reality, the Texas Council on Family Violence, the statewide coalition of family violence programs, applauds the passage of Senate Bill 24 and House Bill 3000. This legislation will allow for a more comprehensive response to the devastating crime of human trafficking, an approach that will ultimately save lives. We thank the entire legislature and in particular Sen. Van De Putte, Rep. Thompson, Attorney General Abbott and Gov. Perry for their leadership in taking human trafficking seriously in Texas."


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