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Sylvester Turner

Mayor of Houston


Sylvester Turner became mayor of Houston in January 2016. Previously, he represented District 139 in the Texas House of Representatives from 1988 to 2015.

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Survivors of human trafficking need our help

People are paying more attention to the tragedy of human trafficking. Laws such as the Trafficking Victims Protection Act severely punish perpetrators and support survivors whose cases are being prosecuted. But survivors who choose not to engage with law enforcement need an approach to human trafficking that includes public health measures.

Congress: Continue CHIP and save Texas children

More than 450,000 children in Texas will lose their health care in early 2018 if Congress fails to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program. These are the children whose working parents are making too much money for Medicaid and too little to afford exorbitant private health insurance premiums.

Texas' new frontier for HIV/AIDS

As we commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, our hope is health care providers, the public and policymakers in Texas realize the virus is still invading neighborhoods at astonishing rates, often so silently that increasing numbers of youth don't realize they are living with HIV.