Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2008
Contact:Tiffany Champion, (210) 733-6604

Senator Leticia Van de Putte to Speak on Human Trafficking at the Institute of Interfaith Dialog Luncheon

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) -- On Monday, March 10, 2008, at 12:00 p.m., The Institute of Interfaith Dialog will hold a luncheon featuring Senator Van de Putte, who will discuss the ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking and aid victims. The event will be held at the Plaza Club Board Room, located at 2100 Frost Bank Tower.

Texas is a major hub for human trafficking. Every year, thousands are forced into the labor or sex trade industry. In response to this crisis, Senator Van de Putte passed new state legislation, which broadens and strengthens the definition of human trafficking, enhancing the penalties for those victimizing children and mandating the posting of hotline numbers to help identify and rescue victims.

The United States Department of Justice estimates that 14,500-17,500 persons are trafficked into the U.S. every year. With 25% of all certified victims in the nation, Texas is second only to California for trafficking cases. In fact, Interstate 10 has been identified as the main trafficking corridor in the U.S.

The Institute of Interfaith Dialog is a non-profit organization aimed at bringing together communities to promote compassion, partnership and community service through interfaith conversation. Their vision is to help unite individuals so that the spirituality of all is heard in a space that is free of criticism and fear.

"I truly believe that we are not defenseless in the struggle to end the exploitation of children and vulnerable adults and this is why I took a stand for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves," said Van de Putte.

The luncheon is open to the press. For media-related inquiries please contact Tiffany Champion.