The Office of the Texas Attorney General (OAG) seeks to take initiative in providing userful and easily-referenced resources that will help further Texan's security, wellness, and rehabilitation. These initiatives range in a variety from cyber safety topics to community issues like synthetic drugs, family violence and human trafficking. The Texas Attorney General's initiatives page is a quick reference point to educate citizens on services the OAG provides and important issues Texans should know.
Human trafficking destroys a person's dignity and strips away an individual's humanity. Human traffickers hold men, women, and children against their will and, through force, fraud or coercion, make them work — many times in the sex industry — for little or no income.
A synthetic drug, also referred to as a designer drug, is a chemical intended to imitate the properties and effects of a known hallucinogen or narcotic and may have unknown side effects or cause an adverse reaction. These drugs are created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.
Chapter 56 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure sets forth the Rights of Crime Victims. A crime victim is defined under the Code as a victim of sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, trafficking of persons, or injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual or who has suffered personal injury or death as a result of the criminal conduct of another. The Code also extends victim rights to the guardian of a victim or the close relative of a deceased victim. The Code defines a close relative as a spouse, parent, adult sibling, or child.
Every day children use social media sites, smart phone apps or chat rooms. This puts them at risk of becoming prey to a large community of child predators sometimes disguised as other children or a concerned adult “friend.” These predators aim to gain the vulnerable child’s trust in order to draw them from the safety of their home to become victims of their devious fantasies. The attorney general’s Child Exploitation Unit works diligently to take these predators offline and into jail cells away from the children of Texas. This month’s initiative is to inform the public on how to keep children safe online and how you can help law enforcement take child predators off the streets.
The OAG provides assistance in various ways to victims of family violence. Whether through helping victims recover from the financial impact of crime, assisting victims seeking ways to keep their address confidential, providing funding to organizations working directly with victims, or helping victims safely obtain child support, the OAG is committed to assisting victims of family violence in Texas.