Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
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Sen. Lucio to be honored by Children's Advocacy Centers

"Monica's House and Maggie's House"

AUSTIN, TX--State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., (D-Brownsville) will be honored Wednesday, June 26, 2002, by the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas for his work to ensure an $8 million appropriation as a member of the Senate Finance Committee for these facilities. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton in Brownsville.

The funding for the 2002-2003 biennium also benefits Monica's House in Brownsville and Maggie's House in San Benito, which are part of the Cameron County Children's Advocacy Center. Both houses are dedicated to the memories of two small girls who were the tragic victims of child abuse, and they provide an array of services for physically and sexually abused children.

"I cannot think of a better cause than advocacy for our children, who are innocent and vulnerable to all types of abuse," said Sen. Lucio. "I join with the wonderful people of these Advocacy Centers in Cameron County and all of Texas to fight against child abuse. I feel privileged to have helped secure funding this past legislative session for these centers that assist young, innocent victims of abuse, and that are also dedicated to ending this abuse in our communities."

The centers provide on-going treatment for each child's needs and their advocacy plays a major role in more effective prosecution of offenders. In 2000, there were 2, 378 investigated cases of child abuse and neglect in Cameron County. Of this number, 826 cases were confirmed and another 282 cases were determined to be children at risk of abuse and neglect.

"Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas sincerely appreciates the continued support and commitment Senator Lucio has demonstrated to the Children's Advocacy Centers in his own community and those throughout the state," remarked Ms. Ann Boswell, president of Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas. "His legislative leadership on behalf of all 50 Children's Advocacy Centers has ensured that over 22,000 child victims of abuse are provided services each year."

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