The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded guidelines issued by former President Obama that directed public schools to accommodate transgender students.
“If there was ever a call to action for state officials to get serious about reforming foster care, this was it,” State Rep. Chris Turner said.
Top State leaders have remained silent on whether they’ll provide more resources for sex-trafficking victims or more funding for the child welfare system.
The Texas Tribune asked Texas leaders closest to the sex trafficking issue how they would begin addressing the problem. Here’s what they said.
Lawmakers want to stop deducting dues for union and non-union employee associations from state paychecks – but only for the employees they disagree with.
FBI and IRS agents raided the law offices of Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti on Thursday morning – confiscating documents and other items.
The first time Yvette ran away from her home in San Antonio, she was 15. An older relative in the house had been molesting her since she was a child.
A Texas Tribune investigation found that State Sens. Jose Menéndez and Carlos Uresti failed to report almost $60,000 in donations from two PACs.
When the long-term foster care system fails them, many children turn to the underground sex industry, where pimps promise them security and affection.
State leaders pour a lot of energy into anti-sex-trafficking rhetoric, but most of their focus has been on convicting pimps, not rehabilitating their prey.