As the former Chair of the Dallas County Information Technology Governing Committee, Commissioner Mike Cantrell knows all too well the integral role and critical importance of proper management of records and information. Today, the commissioner emphasized its role in protecting individual rights and privacy as well as the complexities associated with the globalization and expansion of information technologies. He went on to talk about the essential role these technologies and record management plays in government, adding “the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators provides education to the professionals contributing to the success of their organizations by managing the creation, distribution, storage, retrieval, protection and ultimate disposition of important records and information,” thereby proclaiming April 2013, Records and Information Management Month.
… With member agencies present, Judge Jenkins called upon all citizens, legislators, other elected officials, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities, schools and businesses to increase their participation in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. Child abuse and neglect costs our state approximately $6,279,204,373 per year, or $95,215 per abused child costing Dallas County $482,644,835 per year in the aftermath of child abuse.
The Judge advocated for child abuse prevention investment to help abused and neglected children heal and find permanent loving homes, adding that effective child abuse prevention programs succeed in part because of state, federal and community partnerships and agencies as well as the medical community, volunteers and families. In urging that all citizens become more proactive and aware of child abuse and prevention programs, he proclaimed April 2013, Child Abuse and Prevention Month.
…and its impact on every member of our community. Citing that in Texas, one in five women and one in 20 men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime and that one in six boys and one in four girls will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18, Commissioner Garcia called on communities to make the prevention of sexual violence a priority. Dallas County strongly supports the efforts of national, state, and local partners, and of every citizen, to actively engage in public and private efforts to prevent sexual violence. The commissioner went on to say that “It is time for all of us to start conversations, take appropriate action and support one another to create a safer environment for all.” She then proclaimed that Dallas County Commissioners Court officially joins the United States and the State of Texas as well as advocates and communities across the country in playing an active role to prevent sexual violence by proclaiming April 2013, as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month”