#students | #parents | Wednesday letters: The fight against human trafficking

Sex trafficking survivor

Regarding “Sex trafficking survivor heads to D.C.” (A1, Jan. 31): As a female high school student, I was shocked to learn that there were nearly 79,000 youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas in 2016. I read the Chronicle’s story on Courtney Litvak, a human trafficking survivor from Katy. Courtney is just a few years older than I am and attended school not far from my own. This made me realize this crime is happening in our backyards. I was encouraged to see that Courtney is using her experience and her voice to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. Courtney is also working with local Congressman Michael McCaul to eradicate this heinous crime. In an era of bitter partisanship, representative McCaul continues to push bipartisan bills like the LIFT Act, which address issues that affect those of us in his district. The LIFT Act is designed to give anti-trafficking officials and members of law enforcement the tools they need to keep members of our society safe from human trafficking predators. The bill extends the survivor-led Advisory Council on Human Trafficking into 2025, ensuring that survivors of human trafficking have a platform to protect others from experiencing a similar fate. By promoting legislation and working with survivors of human trafficking like Courtney Litvak, U.S. Rep. McCaul has made sure that this issue receives the attention it deserves to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.

Ella Clifford, Houston

Super Bowl

Regarding “Comeback kings,” (C1, Feb. 3): Enough politics. Congratulations to Andy Reid and the entire Kansas City Chiefs franchise. What a game and Super Bowl win. The Kansas City Chiefs led by the young Patrick Mahomes came from behind in both of its playoff games and in the Super Bowl. For me it takes a little bit of the sting out of the Texans’ loss to the Chiefs. It does, however, present two new teams the Texans are going to have to learn to defeat to make it to the Super Bowl. In order to do this they need to replace the coach. And it looks like we have a team that may be replacing the New England Patriots as being the most dominate team in the NFL. Again, congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gregg J. Gregoire. Willis

Climate change

Regarding “Local business leaders must lead transition to lower-carbon world,” (A31, Feb. 2): I applaud Bobby Tudor and the Greater Houston Partnership for presenting a balanced perspective on climate change and calling for Houston’s oil and gas industry to take the lead in an energy transition through innovation. The ultimate solution will only be realized when the energy industry applies it’s deep knowledge and resources to determine a commercially viable means to reduce carbon emissions. Let’s hope the 2020s are the decade this happens and Houston is at the epicenter.

David Fitch, Houston

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