Vicente Gonzalez

10/18/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/18/2021 17:07

Congressman Gonzalez Announces Appointment of Valley Native to Coordinating Council On Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that Judge Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt has been appointed to serve as a Practitioner Member of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Judge Rodriguez-Betancourt currently serves in the 449th District Court of Texas, a position she has held for nearly five years. The 449th Court was established in 2008 to specialize in the processing of juvenile cases.

The Coordinating Council is an independent organization within the executive branch that makes recommendations to the President and Congress every year on how federal juvenile delinquency programs and other programs at the federal level can be coordinated across all levels of government to best serve at-risk youth.

"I would like to congratulate Judge Rodriguez-Betancourt on this prestigious accomplishment and thank Speaker Pelosi for supporting her appointment," said Congressman Gonzalez. "Judge Betancourt's reputation as a fair and impartial judge and unwavering commitment to juvenile justice reform will be an asset to the Council and to our nation."

"As House Speaker, it is my honor to appoint Judge Renee Betancourt to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Reform," Speaker Pelosi said. "Judge Betancourt has been a force for justice for young people in Hidalgo County, and now, in this new role, she will be a champion for young people and their families across the country. Thank you to Congressman Vicente Gonzalez for his work on this important appointment and on advancing equal justice in America."

"Congratulations to Judge Renee Betancourt on her appointment by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Not only does this bring national recognition to Judge Betancourt's work with juveniles, but this important appointment brings honor to Hidalgo County." - Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez

"I am honored by this appointment and I appreciate Congressman Vicente Gonzalez's efforts in helping secure it. I have been blessed to work with juveniles in my role as a District Judge and this opportunity makes my work an ever greater blessing." - Judge Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt