FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/21/2014
Representative Toni Rose appointed to Select Committees by Speaker of the House
Austin, Texas-- Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus, appointed Representative Toni Rose (District 110) to select committees created during the interim -- Human Trafficking and the House Select Committee on Child Protection.
The Human Trafficking Committee, established in the 2011 legislative session and renewed by the Legislature last year, is charged with studying ways to combat this crime and identify services available to victims. An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year, and the number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is estimated to be even higher. Given its size and proximity to a major international border, Texas is often a focal point for human trafficking activity.
The House Select Committee on Child Protection is charged with studying the incidence of abuse and fatalities related to neglect in Texas and making recommendations to protect children. The select committee will also partner with the public members of the Protect our Kids Commission, which the Legislature created in 2013. The commission will study the rate of child abuse and neglect fatalities and recommend strategies to prevent and reduce them.
"The safety of our children under the care of the state is an issue we all should be concerned about. As they age out of care, we also need to be aware of their safety as adults. Furthermore, the security of young women and men being trafficked across our borders and within our country is a growing concern. I look forward to working with my colleagues and among the various agencies to increase safety for all Texans," said Rose.
Representative Rose represents District 110, which includes Dallas, Balch Springs and Mesquite. She does not face an opponent in the general election and will be returning to the Texas House of Representatives in January 2015 for the 84th Legislative Session. Representative Rose also serves on the House Committees for Corrections and Human Services.
Contact: Vernesha Cathey