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 LETTERS FROM LETICIA

November 20, 2012
 

In Case You Missed It

Senator Van de Putte in the News

 




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Reasons to Give Thanks:

  • A New Grandson!
  • Our Veterans
Also in this issue:
  • 83rd Session Pre-Files: Three Human Trafficking Bills
  • and more

A New Grandson!

Please welcome Rex Neal Van de Putte

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Pete and I were blessed with a great reason to give thanks: Our sixth grandchild was born last week, a boy!

 

Rex Neal Van de Putte came into this world at 6lbs, 5oz and 19 1/4 inches long. He's in the NICU at the moment, but mother Samantha and father Greg are hoping to take him home soon. Thank you for your prayers!

 

Military Matters 

 

Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee Open House

 

Another reason to be thankful: Our veterans and active military, who gave us the freedom to celebrate this holiday.

 

One way I'm thanking them is by reviving the office space for the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations (VAMI) Committee, which I chair. During the interim, the committee has been staffed out of my office. But as we head into the 83rd Legislative Session, my new committee director Bill Wilson and I decided the office needed to be revved up and put back into action.

 

We celebrated the re-opening with an open house last week:

 

 

 

As you can see from these photos, Bill has done a fantastic job renovating, turning the office into a space where veterans, active military, and their families can come relax and feel at home while they visit the Capitol, whether they're in Austin as tourists or to give committee testimony.

 

Please drop by! The VAMI office is in room 345 of the Sam Houston Building (the tall office building immediately northeast of the Capitol building). If you need help with veteran or military issues, call the committee at 512-463-2211.

VAMI Committee Director Bill Wilson (right) talking with one of our brave service members at the open house

Veterans Day in San Antonio

I was privileged to participate in the wreath-laying at the Alamo for Veterans Day with Delia Guajardo of the U. S. Military Veterans Parade Association and Judge Michael Mery.

 

Condolences


  • Staff Sgt. Kashif  M. Memon, 31, of Houston died of wounds suffered Oct. 25 when his unit was attacked by small arms fire in Khas Uruzgan, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
Pre-Filed Bills on Human Trafficking
New Measures Would Help Victims

In the 83rd Session, I plan to continue the fight against human trafficking, a vile crime in which victims, often minors, are forced into labor or prostitution. And contrary to popular belief, it isn't just a problem of immigrants brought into this country - most of the victims are U.S. citizens.

 

With Representative Senfronia Thompson (Dist. 141, Harris County), my co-chair on the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking, I have filed three legislative proposals focusing on helping victims of human trafficking and continuing the statewide collaborative efforts of the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

 

"This issue has become more prevalent and people are beginning to take notice and understand just how important it is that we do something to put an end to it," said Rep. Thompson. "We must continue our fight against this horrendous crime and start to focus not only on the criminals that facilitate this crime but also on the victims that are forever affected."

 

The three legislative proposals are:

  • Senate Bill 92/House Bill 91 creates a pre-adjudication diversion program for juveniles who are involved in prostitution. The program would provide that those juveniles involved would receive services and treatment.
  • Senate Bill 93/House Bill 89 continues the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force under the Attorney General's Office for two years. The Task Force comprises over 47 members of governmental agencies - federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, service providers and others involved in anti-human trafficking efforts.
  • Senate Bill 94/House Bill 90 provides victims of compelled prostitution an opportunity to seek civil remedies from their trafficker or a publisher of an advertisement that led to their victimization.

Children in Texas are being exploited and lured into prostitution, and we must begin to treat minors as the victims they are instead of criminals. Texas' successful legislative efforts against human trafficking are due in large part to the work of Attorney General Abbott and the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

 

Rep. Thompson and I look forward to working with Governor Perry, Attorney General Abbott, and our Senate and House colleagues on these and other anti-human trafficking efforts.