At Tuesday's meeting, Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proclamation in favor of education efforts that aid in the prevention of human trafficking, proclaiming July 30 as World Day Against Trafficking In Persons.
Accepting the resolution was Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.
"We're here to spread awareness on the dangers of human trafficking," said Rodriguez. "We've come together as an Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce with dignified members of my staff, the Office of the Governor of Texas, Homeland Security, and others to inform the public on what is human trafficking."
World Day Against Trafficking In Persons provides an opportunity for Hidalgo County to renew its commitment in combating human trafficking in all its forms.
Human trafficking is a global tragedy. Combating it requires international, national, state, and local action. There are an estimated 40.3 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.
Among those present and part of the taskforce are Chief Salazar with the U.S. Border Patrol, Chief Briones with Alton P.D., Chief Deputy Mario Lopez with Hidalgo County Sherrif's Office, Commander Sinfuentes with H.I.D.T.A, Chief Hope Palacios with Special Crimes, Chief Maxine Longoria with the Civil Division, Chief O.J. Esquivel with the Felony Division, Chief Eric Schrieber with the Hot Checks Division, Constable Pct. 3, Pharr Police Department, Fuerza del Valle, and the DA's Victims Unit staff.
A news conference and informational fair will take place on Thursday, July 26 at the Pharr Events Center to educate the community on human trafficking prevention. The press conference will begin at 4 p.m. and will include guest speakers from federal, state, and local stakeholders. The informational fair will be held from 4 - 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.