Updated Information on Austin City Candidate Forums

 

Thurs., Sept. 4 - City Council District 1, 6 – 7:30 pm- Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road Austin, TX 78754

 

Thurs., Sept. 11 - City Council Districts 4 & 7, with D 4 at 6:00 pm; D 7 at 7:30 pm - Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr. Austin, TX 78757

 

Mon., Sept. 15 - City Council Districts 6 & 10, with D 6 at 6:00 pm; D 10 at 7:30 pm - Hope Presbyterian Church, 11512 Olson Drive, Austin, TX 78750

 

Tues., Sept. 16 - City Council Districts 8 & 5, with D 8 at 6:00 pm; D 5 at 7:30 pm  - Austin Community College, 1820 W. Stassney Lane Austin, TX 78745

 

Thurs., Sept. 18 - City Council District 9, 6 – 7:30 pm  - Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704

 

Tues., Sept. 30 - City Council Districts 2 & 3, with D 2 at 6:00 pm; D 3 at 7:30 pm  - Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr. Austin, TX 78741

 

Wed., Oct. 1 - Mayoral, 6 – 7:30 pm   - Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78701

 

LWV-TX Human Trafficking in Texas Position

This position was passed at LWVTX Convention 2014.

 

The League of Women Voters of Texas is opposed to all forms of domestic and international human trafficking of adults and children, including sextrafficking and labor trafficking. We consider human trafficking to be a form
of modern-day slavery and support measures to prevent the use of force, fraud or coercion to exploit a person for sexual or labor purposes, to prosecute traffickers and to protect victims.
Federal, state and local governments should collaborate to fund and implement
effective strategies for prosecution, including but not limited to:

  • Enact and enforce effective laws against traffickers
  • Require human trafficking training for law enforcement officers and prosecutors
  • Maintain and share reliable trafficking data among all levels of government and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Put convicted sex traffickers of children on the National Sex Offender Registry list
  • Enforce civil and criminal penalties against persons who knowingly buy services provided as a result of human trafficking, or buy services from a minor, including mandated awareness training
  • Enact and enforce laws at the appropriate level to shut down businesses that engage in or allow human trafficking
  • Divert victims of human trafficking into justice and rescue programs that provide access to services such as counseling and job training
  • Assume all minors are victims, no proof of coercion required.

Federal, state and local governments, in cooperation with non-governmental agencies, should fund and provide essential services to and remedies for victims and survivors, including but not limited to:

  • Legal aid, translations and other court-related services
  • Services to shelter victims from their traffickers and help them return to a normal life, such as housing, medical, counseling, job training
  • Ability to sue the trafficker for civil damages
  • Defined roles for child welfare system and juvenile justice system in assisting trafficked minors
  • Guardianship, protective custody and safe houses for trafficked minors when home situation would put the minor at risk.

Federal, state and local governments, in cooperation with non-governmental
agencies, should fund and provide education and awareness programs on human
trafficking in our communities and schools, including but not limited to:

  • Training to identify and assist victims or potential victims of human trafficking for all persons who might come into contact with them, such as medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecution personnel, educators at all levels, mental health professionals, city health inspectors, hotel owners and others
  • Internet safety education for youth, parents and teachers
  • Services and outreach for homeless, throwaway youth and other at-risk populations.