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October is declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pictured is Commissioners Court with the county's DA's Office Victims Unit and Family Violence Task Force, in collaboration with law enforcement, advocacy groups, and agencies.

Hidalgo County raises awareness on Domestic Violence


To help break the silence, and to raise public awareness about the educational resources available for victims of domestic violence, Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office Victims Unit and Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force, in collaboration with law enforcement, advocacy groups, and agencies, have united to serve as a resource, and as a voice, for victims of domestic violence.

"We want the victims to know we are here with them," said Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. "You don’t have to be silent. We will stand together and address this issue.”

The crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy, dignity, security, and humanity, due to the systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and economic control. Domestic violence extends to the abuse of children and the elderly.

District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.
Criminal DA Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.

Speaking on behalf of the Young Hearts Matter Teen Ambassadors, an International Baccalaureate program at Lamar Academy, Senior Mia Alejo addressed the issue as a national problem.

“Domestic violence is a national problem that knows no boundaries,” said Alejo. “It can happen to anyone in any community regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, or nationality.” 

The impact of domestic violence is wide-ranging, directly affecting individuals and society as a whole, here in this community and throughout the United States and in the world.

Mujeres Unidas Executive Director Estella De Anda attributes community involvement to transforming the silent epidemic of domestic violence into a loud message victims can hear.

“It takes all of us here to address this issue,” said De Anda.  “Twenty-one years ago we formed a Task Force in order to address domestic violence in the community and in families so that they can be free of oppression and abuse in their homes.” 

Please join the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office, Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force, and all Hidalgo County Law Enforcement Agencies on Today, Oct. 3, 2019, from 6 -9 p.m. for the 5th annual Purple Day, in partnership with the City of McAllen. The event will take place at the McAllen Convention Center with a candlelight vigil sponsored by Mujeres Unidas and an informational fair in the Convention Center Courtyard.

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U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Thomas Boyd led the Court in Pledge of Allegiance

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Thomas Boyd
Sgt. Boyd
Thomas Boyd leads the Pledge.

Sgt. Thomas Boyd, United States Marine Corps, Retired, led the Pledge of Allegiance at Commissioners Court.

Boyd served in the U.S. Marine Corps from January 5, 2010, to August 15, 2014.
 
Sgt. Boyd’s first deployment to Afghanistan was from August 2011, to September 2012 with the 5th Marine Regiment.

His second deployment was from September 2013 to April 2014 with the unit “Logistics Command Forward.” 

Sgt. Boyd’s original unit is “1st Marine Division Headquarters Battalion Communications Company Maintenance Platoon.”

Boyd is a Technical Specialist II with the county’s IT Department. 

Thank you for your service.

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County joins Veterans Health, Education & Benefits Fair

Veterans Health, Education, and Benefits Fair
DHR Senior Consultant and Veterans Health Fair Project Mgr.Ron Tupper, and Veterans Service Officer Felix Rodriguez.

Commissioners Court unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the county’s Veterans Service Office and Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance to bring the 6th Annual Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Veterans Health Education & Benefits Fair to the community.

“We are pleased to host this event along with the county and our other partners as we share a common goal of educating the community about access to health care and other available resources that the citizens of the county, specifically veterans, will benefit from,” said DHR Senior Consultant and Vietnam Veteran Ron Tupper.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance located at 118 Paseo Del Prado in Edinburg. 

"Hidalgo County Veterans Service Office, Hidalgo County Community Service Agency, and the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services, plus other county departments and outside agencies, will all be participating by providing educational information and resources such as counseling services and screenings," said Veterans Service Officer Felix Rodriguez.

For more information email rontuppermsc@gmail.com


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Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at
9 p.m. tonight
 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, tonight at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

Next Commissioners Court meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, October 8, 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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