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Travis County #StrongerTogether fund makes big donation

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Today, the Travis County #StrongerTogether campaign will donate the $133,000 it has raised to help fund several criminal justice programs. The fundraising effort came together after Gov. Greg Abbott cut off $1.5 million in criminal justice grants to the county in February. Victims services, juvenile justice and a veterans court are some of the programs affected. Abbott took the action in response to Sheriff Sally Hernandez changing the county’s policy on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), who started the crowdfunding effort, said the sum was made up of thousands of individual donations, which averaged $25 each. “I founded Travis County #StrongerTogether to serve as a vehicle for the community’s desire to help save these important programs,” he said in a Tuesday press release. “I am honored to have played a role in our success, but the community did the real work.”

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