Community Service Division
This page is a "work in progress" but will be updated as more information is available. The documents that are listed below are educational documents, one is a document that summarizes the different stages of a case in the criminal justice system and the others are safety tips to help prevent future crimes.
SERVING UP JUSTICE
Serving Up Justice is the 79th Judicial District Attorney Office's community outreach project which consists of educational programs aimed at preventing crime by increasing public awareness and educating the community about the criminal justice system. The District Attorney's Office participates in many area events and has many educational programs available.
Crime prevention programs currently available include:
Child Abuse Stranger Danger
Elder Abuse Theft, Fraud, & Identity Theft
Anti-Bullying Domestic Violence
Firearm Safety Anti-Drug/Substance Abuse
Home Protection Identity Theft
Educational programs include:
Stages of the Criminal Justice System
Crime Victim's Rights
Careers in Criminal Justice
Self Defense Law in Texas
State of Justice (A periodic report of the DA's office or current issue)
Sponsored programs provided by other organizations include:
Palmer Drug Abuse Program
Brush Country CASA
Crime Stoppers of South Texas
Choose to Change Foundation
Learning for Life Bully-Prevention & Anti-Substance Abuse Program
Child Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend
The Purple Door (formerly known as Women's Shelter of South Texas)
The Serving Up Justice programs offered range between half an hour and a full day. Each of the programs are presented in an age-appropriate manner depending on the audience to be addressed. The presentations are done by members of the District Attorney's staff including prosecutors, investigators, legal assistants, and crime victim's advocates.
Future Developments of the Serving Up Justice Program
The District Attorney's Office is looking to increase the Serving Up Justice resources by recruiting volunteers from our community to assist us. We are also looking for sponsors to help provide food and activities at future events. Some ideas for future programs include adding a meal with one of the programs.
Scheduling a Serving Up Justice Program
If you are interested in scheduling a Serving Up Justice Program, volunteering, or becoming a sponsoring, please call the District Attorney's Office at (361)668-5716 and ask for Vivian or Ashley. Please note that time slots are limited throughout the year due to the caseloads, court settings, pre-trial preparation matters, and other conflicts in the normal schedule of the District Attorney's Office.
Summer Internship Program
The District Attorney's Office will be accepting applications for the Summer Internship Program on May 1st of each year. The Internship program will run from June 1st through August 31st of each year. The program is open to college, graduate, and law students who are residents of Jim Wells or Brooks County. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Applications should be submitted to Vivian Lara, Office Manager. Applicants who have already submitted applications for part-time summer employment do not have to re-apply, your original application will be used to consider you for the internship program.
Crime Prevention Tips
Human Trafficking Resources
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Texas. The DA's office works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Texas to prosecute human trafficking cases and to serve victims and survivors of trafficking, respond to human trafficking cases, and share information and resources. In an effort to increases awareness surrounding human trafficking we have included some links including the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Attorney General on anti-trafficking initiatives.
Please click on the links below to learn more about human trafficking and the initiatives that the State of Texas has taken to address this problem. One link below that I high recommend starting with is the Texas Attorney General's; once there, you will find a video entitled Be the One, that is a good starting point to learn about modern day slavery in Texas and how YOU can be the one to help in the fight against Human Trafficking.
If you have a concern about a situation that my be human trafficking, then make the call to report it. The Texas Attorney General's Office lists out the following recommended resources:
1. Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 or text “Help” or “Info” to 233733.
The hotline is staffed 24/7 with people trained in recognizing and identifying trafficking. They can help you make sense of the information that you have and recommend next steps.
2. Call law enforcement or your local district attorney’s office through a non-emergency number and ask to speak to someone who works on trafficking cases.
Many of the larger jurisdictions have specialized law enforcement and assistant district attorneys who can talk through the situation with you.
3. Call the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
They have victim advocates who specialize in human trafficking stationed across the state.
4. Call Child Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400 if a child is involved.
Tell them you have concerns for trafficking during your intake call or online report.
5. Call the Office of the Attorney General, Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section at 512-463-1646 or email at .
The Office of the Attorney General has law enforcement officers specifically trained to combat and investigate human trafficking around the state.
If the situation is an emergency or you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911 and alert the authorities. Tell them you think it may be human trafficking, so that it can be routed to the proper investigators. Be sure to share all actionable information you have — including descriptions of cars and people, when and where you saw the conduct, and take a picture if you can safely do so.