Texas Governor Greg Abbott's proclamation commending The Refuge and the ceremonial groundbreaking of The Refuge Ranch on November 25, 2016.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Proclamation
Read by Ben Taylor, Outreach Director, Texas Governor’s Office, during The Refuge Ranch's ceremonial breaking.
"To all to whom these presents shall come, Greetings: Know ye that this certificate is presented on the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony for the:
October 25, 2016
"As governor, I take the issue of child sex trafficking very seriously. This past legislative session, I was proud to sign into law new funding to support medical care for victims of child sex trafficking. For over a decade, first as attorney general of Texas, we led criminal investigations and prosecutions against traffickers and presided over the Statewide Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Taskforce, and now through the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team. CSTT is focused on providing comprehensive, trauma-informed services to survivors of child sex trafficking, including services like those that will be provided by The Refuge.
"We know that treating victims of this most heinous crime can take years of hard work, relapses and restarts, but each of these precious lives is worth time and effort. For that effort, I commend The Refuge and all those who support it.
"First Lady Cecilia Abbott joins me in sending best wishes."