House Representative

Straus, Joe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/26/2012

SPEAKER STRAUS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY HUMAN TRAFFICKING

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS ANNOUNCES TWO HOUSE APPOINTMENTS TO JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY HUMAN TRAFFICKING

AUSTIN--- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) today announced additional House appointments to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking. The appointees are Representatives Sergio Muñoz, Jr. (Mission) and Debbie Riddle (Tomball).

"I am proud to appoint these House members to this important committee tasked with giving voice to victims of human trafficking," said Speaker Straus. "The Texas House will continue to work with law enforcement and human rights groups to end this tragedy."

Given its size and proximity to a major international border, Texas is often a focal point for human trafficking activity. The joint interim committee is charged with studying ways to combat this crime and identifying services available for victims of human trafficking in Texas including best practices for public-private partnerships providing services to those affected by human trafficking. The committee will also offer recommendations to the 83rd Legislature in 2013. The committee was created by House Concurrent Resolution 68, passed during the 82nd Regular Legislative Session. Led by Representative Senfronia Thompson (Houston) as co-chair of the committee, these committee members join Representatives Cindy Burkett (Mesquite), Allen Fletcher (Tomball), John Frullo (Lubbock), Naomi Gonzalez (El Paso), Patricia Harless (Spring), and Todd Hunter (Corpus Christi).

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