This Week at City Hall

Aug. 30, 2013Office of Council Member Ellen Cohen

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

The Houston City Council Public Safety Committee held its monthly meeting. Committee Vice Chair Cohen and her colleagues discussed September’s designation as the 7th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the City of Houston. Throughout September, the Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition will host events to empower the community to take action so we may identify, rescue, and restore survivors of modern-day slavery to freedom.

On the Agenda

Council appointed District C resident and business owner Monica Savino to serve on the Washington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee, which oversees the Parking Benefit District pilot program in that area. Additionally, Council voted to confirm the new Board of Directors for the Houston Clean City Commission, including Shell Energy Analyst Ben Proler, who is also a District C constituent.

What’s Happening in the Annex

The District C office welcomed a delegation of visitors from Israel who are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Each delegate works in a field related to the prevention of domestic violence. They met with Council Member Cohen to compare ideas on furthering the goal of eradicating abuse, and to discuss the laws, programs, and judicial safeguards to combat domestic and sexual violence in each country.