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This page includes key media coverage of CHILDREN AT RISK, including press for events, research, and advocacy. This is frequently updated, so check back often. Be sure to tune in to KPFT 90.1FM in Houston every Monday from 3:00-4:00 for CHILDREN AT RISK’s weekly radio show Growing Up in America or click here to listen to past shows.

Press Contact: Rashena Lindsay Flagg

Public Relations Consultant: rashena@pretcfirm.com

April 12, 2017 - Eyes of the highways: Raising a ‘trucker army’ for trafficking fight CNN reports on new legislature that will train truckers to report Human Trafficking and cites CHILDREN AT RISK Staff Attorney Jamey Caruthers on having more legislation focused on helping victims of trafficking.

March 31, 2017 - The challenges for Houston’s changing Hispanic communityThe Houston Chronicle reports on Houston immigration and the Hispanic community and cites CHILDREN AT RISK’s research in the disadvantages that low-income Hispanic communities face.

March 30, 2017 – Houston Newsmakers April 2: Missing & homeless children; groundbreaking MS exercise program Emily Freeborn goes on KPRC NBC 2 News to talk about recent reports about child homelessness and the dangers facing homeless children and youths.

March 28, 2017 - Superintendent joins Children At Risk to highlight positive impact of Pre-K education The HISD News Blog highlights the joint press conference between CHILDREN AT RISK and HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza to emphasize the importance of Pre-K.

March 28, 2017 -STAAR test season is here. Are you smarter than a Texas fifth grader? The Houston Chronicle reports on the beginning of STAAR test season, with critique from CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/PRESIDENT Dr. Robert Sanborn on the low standards used to pass unprepared students to the next grade.

March 24, 2017 - Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2017 Houstonia Magazine uses CHILDREN AT RISK’s school rankings to rank public education in Houston’s neighborhoods.

March 24, 2017 San Angelo summit focuses on hunger as health issue The San Angelo Standard Times reports on the fourth annual Together at the Table West Texas Hunger Summit where CHILDREN AT RISK senior policy analyst Jenny Eyer spoke to the attendees.

March 24, 2017 - Advocates take human trafficking tour through southwest Houston ABC 13 News Reports on the CHILDREN AT RISK Human Trafficking Informational Bus Tour through southwest Houston with more than 50 guests, making it the largest bus tour by CHILDREN AT RISK yet.

March 23, 2017 - Pirates, dueling chefs, and celebrity actors add buccaneer spirit to Children at Risk party Culture Map Houston reports on CHILDREN AT RISK’s 2017 Spring party in partnership with Main Street Theater at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston.

March 23, 2017 - HISD special ed director resigns after reports of service denials The Houston Chronicle reports on the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Sowmya Kumar as director of special education after many complaints, articles, and a recommendation for firing Kumar by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn.

March 23, 2017 - Community leaders call on Texas lawmakers to fund pre-K KVUE ABC news reports on the joint press conference in Austin for high quality Pre-K funding by CHILDREN AT RISK with many other early education advocate groups.

March 23, 2017 - “Hunger as a Health Issue”, West Texas Hunger Summit KSAN/KLST reports on  the West Texa Hunger Summit where CHILDREN AT RISK Senior Policy Analyst Jenny Eyer spoke.

March 23, 2017 - Texas lawmakers don’t plan to boost aid for sex-trafficking victims The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports on the lack of funding for services for victims of human trafficking, with CHILDREN AT RISK Staff Attorney Jamey Caruthers commenting on the lack of victim-centric focus of the current anti-trafficking laws.

March 23, 2017 - Pirate Party Gets a Grocery Store King, TV News Star and Ex-Mayor in Costume: Walk That Plank Paper City Magazine reports on the CHILDREN AT RISK 2017 Spring Party with Main Street Theater at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston.

March 21, 2017 - If Dallas really wants to spend $3 million feeding food deserts, look no further than the corner store The Dallas Morning News reports on food insecurity in Dallas, citing CHILDREN AT RISK’s 2015 study Food for Every Child.

March 20, 2017 - The reasons that certain kids have free lunches North Texas Daily Reports op-ed about the importance of providing free and nutritious lunches for students, citing CHILDREN AT RISK’s research.

March 18, 2017 - Sanborn: Pre-K is critical to Texas’ success and future Longview News Journal op-ed by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn on importance of funding high quality Pre-K and the research showing the effectiveness and return on investment of high quality Pre-K.

March 17, 2017 - Ladies who luncheon: inside DiscoverU, Breakthrough, and EMERGE’s high-profile fundraisers The Houston Chronicle reports on DiscvoerU’s fourth annual luncheon where CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn spoke to the attendees.

March 16, 2017 - Texas pre-K is critical to the state’s success and future Texas Tribune op-ed by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn about the importance of high quality Pre-K and continuing state funding for public Pre-K.

March 10, 2017 Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature pre-K program in danger of going unfunded My Statesmen reports on the possible funding cuts to Gov. Abbot’s Pre-K program and cites CHILDREN AT RISK’s study on Pre-K availability.

March 10, 2017 Bills target illegal massage parlors, spas KPRC news reports on three new bills supported by CHILDREN AT RISK targeting sexually oriented businesses and massage establishments. CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn and Staff Attorney Jamey Caruthers explain how the bill will assist the city of Houston shutting down these common human trafficking hubs.

March 9, 2017 - Will CPS overhaul work? KPRC interviews CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn about the underfunded CPS service in Texas.

March 8, 2017 -‘Now is the time’ to invest in pre-K, advocates tell Texas lawmakers The Dallas Morning News Reports on the CHILDREN AT RISK press conference with Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown advocating for maintaining Pre-K funding.

March 5, 2017 - School Breakfast: The Most Important Meal in Texas American Statesman op-ed written by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn and VISTA Project Coordinator Alayna Sublette about the importance of funding high quality Pre-K.

February 28, 2017 -Texas lawmakers must stop wavering and fund high-quality pre-K programs The Fort-Worth Star Telegram op-ed written by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn and Board Member Steve Jones about the importance of funding high quality Pre-K.

February 25, 2017 – High Quality pre-K Important for Texas’ Future Victoria Advocate op-ed written by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn and Board Member Steve Jones about the importance of funding high quality Pre-K.

February 25, 2017 - Don’t mess with our future: Fund high quality Pre-K Lubbock Online op-ed written by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn and Board Member Steve Jones about the importance of funding high quality Pre-K.

February 23, 2017 – Pre-K is the greatest, most cost-efficient impact on our future workforce that Texas lawmakers can make Dallas News op-ed about the importance of funding high quality Pre-K.

February 22, 2017 – Commentary: Don’t mess with Texas’ future; fund high quality pre-K American Statesman op-ed written by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn and Board Member Steve Jones about the importance of funding high quality Pre-K.

February 18, 2017 – Texas must fully fund pre-K for low-income kids Dallas News Op-Ed advocating for the funding of Pre-K and early education, citing CHILDREN AT RISK’s Pre-K effectiveness report.

February 17, 2017 – Sanborn and Jones: High-quality pre-K is key to Texas’ future Houston Chronicle op-Ed by CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn and Steve Jones of PennTex advocating for the funding of Pre-K and early education.

February 16, 2017 -Why Houston remains segregated The Houston Chronicle reports on the housing segregation in Houston and cites CHILDREN AT RISK’s school rankings.

February 14, 2017 – Jean: From Foster Care to Selling Sex The Rivard Report reports on the vulnerability of foster care children to sex trafficking and cites Dixie Hairston, CHILDREN AT RISK CEASE Network North Texas Coordinator.

February 14, 2017 – When foster care couldn’t help this 16-year-old, she ran to a pimp The Texas Tribnue reports on the vulnerability of foster care children to sex trafficking and cites Dixie Hairston, CHILDREN AT RISK CEASE Network North Texas Coordinator.

February 4, 2017 – Houston’s Hosting The Super Bowl & A Growing Human Trafficking Industry Mintpress News reports on the human trafficking and cites a Harris County Attorneys Office and CHILDREN AT RISK joint press conference.

February 2, 2017 – Governor Greg Abbott Lists Protecting Life as One of His Legislative Priorities The Texas Insider reports on Gov. Abbot’s statement on funding Pre-K, quoting Dr. Sanborn and CHILDREN AT RISK’s research.

January 31, 2017 – Stiffer penalties needed to slow human trafficking My San Antonio reports on new efforts to combat Human Trafficking and cites CHILDREN AT RISK as well as Project AWESOME.

January 30, 2017 – Police are asking for your help in human trafficking cases ABC 13 KTRK reports on a human trafficking case resolved using the National Human Trafficking Hotline with Commentary from CHILDREN AT RISK CEO/President Dr. Robert Sanborn.

January 27, 2017 – Super Bowl, human trafficking super problem Fox26 reports on the preparations to stop human trafficking during the Super Bowl in Houston and the collaborative effort to shut down illicit massage parlors by CHILDREN AT RISK and the Harris County Attorney’s Office.

January 27, 2017 – A new attack on human trafficking Click 2 Houston reports on new efforts to combat human trafficking by the Harris Country Attorney’s Office using CHILDREN AT RISK’s research.

January 27, 2017 – County crackdown targets unlicensed massage parlors The Houston Chronicle Reports on new efforts to combat human trafficking using CHILDREN AT RISK’s research.

January 27, 2017 -Harris County Attorney Launches New Effort To Fight Human Trafficking In Houston Houston Public Media reports on new efforts to combat Human Trafficking, Project AWESOME, the join effort between CHILDREN AT RISK and the Harris County Attorney’s Office.

January 27, 2017 - Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking Ethics Daily reports on CHILDREN AT RISK’s Human Trafficking Advocacy Day.

January 25, 2017 – Texas Lawmakers, Advocates Seek Solution to Human Trafficking Spectrum news reports on CHILDREN AT RISK’s Human Trafficking Advocacy Day.

January 25, 2017 – Anti-sex trafficking legislation gets support at Capitol KXAN in Austin reports on new legislation and CHILDREN AT RISK’s efforts to support new bills against Human Trafficking.

January 14, 2017 – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announces new unit to combat human trafficking The Dallas Morning News reports on new efforts against human trafficking by the Attorney General’s office, citing CHILDREN AT RISK.

January 4, 2017 – It’s not quite the Alamo, but Texas cupcake skirmish could inform Trump’s ag pick The News Tribune reports on the possibility of Susan Combs becoming President-Elect Trumps Secretary of Agriculture with commentary from CHILDREN AT RISK’s Jenny Eyer.

January 4, 2017 – Groups raise awareness of human trafficking in advance of Super Bowl The Houston Chronicle Reports on several groups raising awareness on Human Trafficking during the Super Bowl, including the efforts of CHILDREN AT RISK.

January 3, 2017 – Here’s A Preview Of Education Issues Texas Lawmakers Could Tackle This Session KERA News reports on the upcoming Texas Legislative Session and CHILDREN AT RISK President/CEO Dr. Bob Sanborn’s opinion on student vouchers.

March 5, 2017 -

“Hunger as a Health Issue”, West Texas Hunger Summit

Superintendent joins Children At Risk to highlight positive impact of Pre-K education

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