Texas hires 1st director of human trafficking prevention
Following on the heels of the human trafficking forum sponsored by the San Antonio Area League's Leaders for Democracy Unit (story below), Texas has hired a director of human trafficking and set aside money for other initiatives to deal with the problem.
We can't take the credit for it, but we are just one of many organizations that have helped to raise awareness of this growing problem.
The Texas Tribune ran a series earlier this year about how state policies failed to help sex trafficking victims. Now it has an inverview with Kim Grabert, the new human trafficking prevention director. You can read it here.
Now is the time to plan
for transportation's future
With the population of the San Antonio area expected to double by 2040, it's not too early to start planning a transportation system that will be able to handle all those people, an expert panel told the audience at a recent forum presented by the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.
More roads aren't the answer, although we do need good roads, they agreed. We need more public transit, more walkability and bikeability and more help with funding all of it. Read the story here.
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The first Running for Local Office Workshop is over, but if you missed it, all is not lost.
We have materials from the workshop right here for you to read, and they will help you learn what you need to know as you contemplate running for office.
They are also useful if you are just curious about what kinds of things a person needs to know and do to run, or if you think someday you might want to.
The next workshop, with even more information, will be in early January. Watch for details.
Human trafficking: Another word for slavery
By JENNI BLACKLOCK
Rodney Klein, education and training manager at the EEOC specializing in labor trafficking, bluntly stated the fact at the Oct. 30 forum about human trafficking in its various horrific forms, sponsored by The Leaders for Democracy, a unit of the League of Women Voters of San Antonio.
The panel at the forum, held at Paesano’s restaurant in Stone Oak, also included Judge Peter Sakai of the 225th District Court representing Children’s Court Divisions; Detective Adrian Owens from the SAPD Special Victims Unit; and Susan Burkholder, director of Ransomed Life, a human trafficking advocacy group.
This has become an increasingly important topic as there are more slaves in the world today than ever before, according to Susan Burkholder. As many as 1 in 5 trafficking victims in the United States travels through Texas via the I-35 and I-10 corridors, she said.
There are several categories of human trafficking: international/domestic, adult/minor, labor and commercial sex. According to the Texas Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project, an estimated 79,000 minors are being used in the commercial sex industry in Texas.