Did you know that over 100,000 U.S. children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation? Even more shocking, the average age of these children when they enter prostitution is 13. Sadly, unless rescued, the majority of these children will be dead 6-7 years after they are trafficked. Our state has been a national leader in fighting human trafficking, but these statistics are unacceptable.
On March 3, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) provided testimony for Texas House Bill 10, which incorporates legislative recommendations made by the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force. Today, C@R is testifying on Texas House Bill 968 to hold business owners accountable for human trafficking that occurs on their premises. Throughout this session, C@R will advocate for stronger legislation to protect children from commercial sex exploitation, focus resources to decrease demand for illegal sex, and increase our efforts to raise awareness of this horrifying issue for children.
To that end, C@R recently hosted two learning excursions in Houston and Dallas at which participants learned to identify potential signs of human trafficking in their community. C@R is grateful to supporters like the The Dallas Foundation, The Dallas Women’s Foundation, and The Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation for participating in the inaugural learning excursion in North Texas.
The C.E.A.S.E. Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) is a nine-city pilot program committed to the eradication of the illegal commercial sex industry in the U.S. Funded by a grant from Hunt Alternatives, C@R’s offices in Houston and North Texas work closely with an active network of criminal justice professionals, survivors, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, corporate leaders, philanthropists and the media to identify, advocate for and implement demand-reduction strategies. This month, both cities’ are beginning to implement the first tactics to combat the demand for purchased sex. For more information on the state of human trafficking in Texas and C@R’s efforts to fight this issue, please visit our website.
Very truly yours,
Dr. Bob Sanborn
President & CEO
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GET DOWN FOR KIDS
Please join us for a fabulous fundraiser for C@R. Following in the tradition of the organization’s “Stand Up” events, we are asking you to “Get Down” during a fun-filled evening featuring the irresistible rhythms of the legendary Temptations. We hope that you will join us for an evening of dancing, delicious dining and an incredible mission as we continue to give hope to children all across the state of Texas. Reserve your table or purchase individual tickets online today!
FOOD FOR EVERY CHILD
C@R convened the Dallas Healthy Food Access Summit on February 19 at the Nasher Sculpture Center with over 50 stakeholders in attendance. The summit, co-chaired by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, engaged partners in a conversation to explore public policy solutions to improve access to healthy food. Participants heard presentations by Dr. Donna Persaud, Chief of Pediatrics at Parkland; Brian Lang and Risa Waldoks of The Food Trust’s National Campaign for Healthy Food Access; Cheryl Boswell, Vice President and Executive Director of the Health and Wellness Alliance for Children; and Keilah Jacques, Program Director of Charting the Course. C@R will incorporate the policy recommendations developed during the Summit in our local policy initiative to develop fresh food resources for underserved communities.
C@R also released a new Report entitled Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Retail in the Greater Dallas Area, co-authored by The Food Trust, to identify the gaps in fresh food availability and the relationship among healthy food access, diet-related diseases and neighborhood income levels.
THANK YOU YOU TO DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS FOR SPEAKING AT THE HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS SUMMIT
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