MCALLEN, Texas – To educate and inform communities across the state local officials are launching the anti-human trafficking campaign, “Can You See Me?”
The initiative is sponsored by Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott.
Friday morning, Hidalgo County Officials and law enforcement agencies joined the governor’s office and anti-human trafficking partners launching the “Can You See Me Campaign.”
“To educate and inform our citizens and our community of what to look for, where to report human trafficking, who to go to if they see that there is human trafficking,” said Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.
Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa says the Texas legislature, as well as Governor Abbott and his wife, have taken the lead in fighting human trafficking.
“This last session we increased funding by $60 million split out among key law enforcement agencies. We made human trafficking much easier to prosecute,” said Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa.
Hinojosa added they have also focused resources to agencies like the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission and industries like the trucking industry to combat human trafficking.
The multi-media campaign will aim to highlight the realities of human trafficking.
A reality that District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez said his office has taken an aggressive approach to, “We want to make sure that we prosecute these cases to the best of our ability and in prosecuting these cases we’re sending a strong message that we’re not going to put up with these types of crimes.”