Message from MRT, September 2013

Welcome to the September 2013 edition of the second district newsletter. This month we focus on the care and safety of our children.

“ I have a dream that one day my children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous words rang out from the national mall 50 years ago, and while we have made much progress toward that goal as a society, our particular care and concern must remain our children.

Unfortunately, here in Los Angeles County and in communities up and down the state and throughout the nation, there are children living a nightmare. They are being exploited for the enjoyment of unscrupulous and predatory men, and it is our duty to protect them. I speak of child sex trafficking. The Board of Supervisors has officially called on California to step up and create the toughest laws in the nation that will deter or, if necessary, punish those who purchase children. It’s time we treated these children as victims and their so-called “johns” as predators. Period.

Yet, there is progress in our journey to protect children on all fronts. We would like to thank Justice Candace Cooper and Sydney Kamlager, chief deputy for Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, for stepping up to join the Commission on Children and Families. Both of these women bring passion and commitment to improving the lives of children – and there’s no greater cause than that.

We hope you enjoy September’s newsletter, and we look forward to seeing you in October.

With hope,