On Monday, the newly-formed Harris County Youth Collective officially rolled out its plans to help kids who are in both the child protective and juvenile justice systems.
Dieter Cantu is project manager for the new collaborative. He knows from personal experience how kids in protective custody with a criminal background face a number of barriers that make it harder to get their lives on track.
“I’ve witnessed domestic violence. I’ve witnessed drug abuse. I’ve witnessed things in my home and my neighborhood to the point where I’ve had to be removed from my home and sent somewhere else and eventually spent time incarcerated,” Cantu said Monday at a press conference.