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March 19, 2014

Congresswoman Jackson Lee & Chairman McCaul to Hold Houston Field Hearing on Human Trafficking in the U.S.

(WASHINGTON) – Tomorrow, Thursday, March 20, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee's Border & Maritime Security Subcommittee, and Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will convene an important Congressional field hearing entitled Combating Human Trafficking in Our Major Cities. Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. The hearing will be held at Texas Southern University in Houston. The city's commerce and proximity to the Southwest Border make it a magnet for domestic and international human trafficking. This hearing will focus on Houston as a case study to further understand trafficking in major U.S. cities. Witnesses will include state, local, and federal law enforcement as well as trafficking survivors.

Brian M. Moskowitz, Houston Special Agent in Charge, Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Col. Steve McCraw, Director, Texas Department of Public Safety
Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Harris County, Texas
Ann Johnson, Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Harris County
Charles A. McClelland, Jr., Chief, Houston Police Department
Dr. Robert Bob Sanborn, President, Children At Risk
Reena Isaac, M.D., Asst. Professor, Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital
Cheryl Briggs, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mission at Serenity Ranch
Kathryn Griffin-Townsend, Founder, We've Been There Done That 

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time: 10am CT

Where: Auditorium Room 116 Roderick R. Paige Education Building - College of Education Texas Southern University - Houston, TX

Website for more information and webcast

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Media Contact: (Office of Rep. Jackson Lee) Mike McQuerry at (202) 225-3816 (Homeland Security Committee) Adam Comis at (202) 225-9978