Daphne believes that children are our future and lives the adage that to whom much is given, much is expected. She spent many years practicing Criminal and Juvenile law in State and Federal Court. She earned Board Certification in Juvenile Law in 2002. When the Judge was elected, she saw a need for a boys' mental health court. Bexar County already had a national award winning specialty court to serve girls, but there wasn't an equivalent program for boys. She is pleased that her court was awarded the first grant for which they applied and has now started the first juvenile boys' mental health court in the country. The children she serves have many needs. She joined the Alamo Youth Center Advisory Board to better the lives of our fragile survivors of himan trafficking.
To rehabilitate the children of Bexar County while protecting the community in which we all live. In addition to presiding over the 289th Distirct Court, I encourage the children as they perform community service or graduate from placement. I visit the locations we are sending our juveniles to ensure I am comfortable with the rehabiliataive programs offered. I testified before the Texas 85th Legislature in early 2017 to encourage them to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18.
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