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Hidalgo County DA Human Trafficking in Persons Resolution
At Tuesday's meeting, Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proclamation in favor of education efforts that aid in the prevention of human trafficking. Pictured, seated in front, are Commissioners Court with members of the RGV Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, and supporters led under the administration of Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.
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DA Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.                                                                            

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force informs public on the dangers of human trafficking

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 proclamation was Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. 

"Thank you for having us here to spread awareness of human trafficking and thank you to all the agencies who deal directly with this severe issue," said Rodriguez.  "Not only have you all recognized what's going on in our community but worldwide." 

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons provides an opportunity for Hidalgo County to renew its commitment to combating human trafficking in all its forms.

County Judge Richard F. Cortez commended Rodriguez and the task force that he has built.

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.

"Our task force has grown thanks to the support of victims, various agencies, non-profits, law enforcement, and advocates," said RGV Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Chair Marissa Cano. "Thank you for your support in combating human trafficking."

Among those present and part of the task force are: 
Victims Unit; Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office; Weslaco Police Chief Joel Herrera; Weslaco, Penitas, and Hidalgo Police Departments;  Mujeres Unidas; BCFS; HIDTA; Child Protective Services; Family Life Solutions; RGV Empowerment Zone; Precinct 4 Constable J.R. Gaitan; Civil, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking Units from the District Attorney’s Office; Health & Human Services; Texas Department of Public Safety; Fuerza Del Valle; Constable Pct. 5 Daniel Marichalar; the McCain Institute; and Access Specialist Marla Martinez with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center.

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County's 4-H Club
Hidalgo County 4-H Ambassadors, 4-H Council, and Healthy South Texas Ambassadors with Development Agent Romeo Ozuna.

Commissioners Court welcomes future leaders from the county's 4-H Program

Commissioners Court welcomed future leaders as County Extension Agent Andrea Valdez introduced the new 4-H Ambassadors and Officers.

“The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Hidalgo County 4-H program annually elects or selects young leaders to represent the county program in various ways,” said Valdez.

The 2019-2020 4-H Council includes President Emeri Drewry, 1st Vice President Jocelyn Boyle, 2nd Vice President Ashlyn Martinez, Secretary Lily Ford, Treasurer Brian Peña, Parliamentarian Davin Peña, Reporter Karina Palomo, County Delegate Cora Ford, and District Delegate Charylet Lee.

The 4-H Ambassador Program aims to project a clear and accurate image of the Texas and Hidalgo County 4-H & Youth Development Program. The program gives teens an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their community, practice public speaking  skills, and learn communication strategies.

CEA-FHC & Extension County Administrator Andrea Valdez
County Extension Agent Andrea Valdez.

The Youth Ambassadors are: Claire Lee, Derek De La Garza, Cooper Ford, Lily Ford, Rowdy Sandoval, Rowly Sandoval, Jocelyn Boyle, Ashlyn Martinez, Emeri Drewry, and Julianna Emerald Salinas.

"The Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors are a group of carefully selected youth who represent the programs that focus on food, nutrition, health, and wellness," said Valdez.  "They are trained in food safety, nutrition, and more."

The Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors are: Angela Cantu, Idana Cantu, Christopher Choi, Maysam Daghestani, Hamyli Gonzalez, Mayra Gutierrez, Alberto Lopez, Aislyn Morales, Emma Morales, Sarah Morales, Brian Peña, Joseph Peña, Catalina Ramirez, Mia Ramirez, Evelyn Rocha, and Madeline Guerra.

Commissioners Court congratulates the newly appointed ambassadors and officers and wishes them well this upcoming school year.

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Navy Veteran Norma Harlow
Navy Veteran Norma Harlow leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

Navy veteran Norma Harlow led the Court in Pledge of Allegiance

Norma Harlow, who served as Petty Officer 2nd class in the U.S. Navy, led the Pledge of Allegiance at Commissioners Court.

Harlow, a Deputy Clerk in the County Clerk's Office, served from 1999-2003.

Commissioners Court has started a new tradition of beginning each meeting with a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces being recognized and then leading the Court in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

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Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missetoday's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou can also watch today's Commissioners Court  and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

Please note that there will be a Budget Workshop on

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
The workshop will be held at 9:30 a.m.
A brief Commissioners Court may be held following the workshop.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. 
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9:30 a.m. followed by Commissioners Court at 10:00 a.m.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

View meetings and find other news and events videos on our
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To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at www.hidalgocounty.us.
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