Our Story

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo and Starr Counties was established in June of 2000 when a local two-year old’s life ended tragically as a result of abuse.  It is part of a much larger network of centers across the United States that are committed to protecting children from abuse and neglect. The National Children’s Advocacy Center has been a beacon of hope for countless victims of abuse since it’s founding in Huntsville, Alabama in 1985 by then District Attorney, Robert E. “Bud” Cramer.

The national organization has since solidified its reputation as an advocate and educator on issues of abuse and neglect against children. There are now over 800 Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide that have modeled themselves after Cramer’s original vision, 71 in Texas. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo and Starr Counties is the only center of its kind in Hidalgo and Starr counties.

Jesus Sanchez

Jesus Sanchez

Executive Director

Meet The Board

Tina Martin

Tina Martin

President

Rick Guerrero

Rick Guerrero

Vice President

Maria Elena Sulemana

Maria Elena Sulemana

Treasurer

Dr. Danielle Fox

Dr. Danielle Fox

Secretary

Lorena Castillo

Lorena Castillo

Past President

Norma Cardenas

Norma Cardenas

Board Member

Omar Escobar

Omar Escobar

Board Member

Amira Kalifa

Amira Kalifa

Board Member

Vanessa Flores

Vanessa Flores

Board Member

Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra

Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra

Board Member

Will Lowry

Will Lowry

Board Member

Dr. Carolina Huerta

Dr. Carolina Huerta

Board Member

Robert Rosell

Robert Rosell

Board Member

Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.

Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.

Board Member