From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2014
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Van de Putte Applauds Texas Rangers' New Child Protection Initiative

(Austin) — State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) today applauded the Texas Department of Public Safety for the creation of its new Texas Crimes Against Children Center (TCACC) within the Texas Rangers Division.

In the interim between the 2011 and 2013 Texas Legislative Sessions, Van de Putte serves as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Trafficking, and has authored several laws cracking down on this vile crime, which often targets children, and offering help to its survivors. These legislative measures have included the creation of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, laws giving greater tools to prosecutors, requirements that the human trafficking hotline number be posted in certain locations, and programs to divert trafficking victims away from prostitution prosecution and into social services programs.

The new TCACC will further help those efforts.

"The exploitation and human trafficking of children is a deplorable crime, and it is critical that we use all available resources to keep them safe," said DPS Director Steven McCraw in a press release. "DPS has led the way in providing officers with the training and resources needed to identify and rescue abducted, trafficked and abused children from these vile predators. The Texas Crimes Against Children Center will strengthen that effort and further empower law enforcement officers to protect our most vulnerable population – our children."

"I've worked hard to pass laws that will fight human trafficking, but those laws mean nothing if we don't have the boots on the ground to enforce them," said Senator Van de Putte. "I am so grateful to the Texas DPS and Texas Rangers for the Texas Crimes Against Children Center, which will transform noble ideals into real law enforcement and help for exploited children."