Harris County District Attorney
Kim Ogg announced Monday that more than $4 million in grants, awarded by the
State of Texas, will be used to help victims of violent crime and to combat sex
“Violent criminals toss victims
into the criminal justice system without regard to the harm they are
inflicting,” Ogg said. “It is traumatic, stressful and confusing.”
prosecution requires not only going after perpetrators, but supporting victims
with an array of important services, she said.
The money, drawn from four
recently awarded grants, comes from the Texas Governor’s Criminal Justice
Division and be used over the next two years. Ogg praised the cooperative
effort with the State of Texas to fight crime in Harris County.
“It is vital that state and
local governments work together on major crimes issues,” Ogg said. “We
appreciate this financial support, which will accelerate crime-fighting
Andrea Sparks, director of the
Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team, lauded the cooperation. “The
Governor’s Office is committed not only to bringing justice to those who
exploit our young Texans, but also providing the trauma-informed services
survivors of sexual exploitation need to heal.”
partnership will be big step toward achieving both of these goals in Harris
County,” she said.