The Honorable Dimple Malhotra, County Court at Law #4

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The purpose of Phoenix Court is to assist commercially sexually exploited persons who are considered victims of abuse. The pre-adjudication program, which lasts 1 to 2 years, aims to make lives more manageable through support and direction of an experienced Court Team by using a holistic approach providing comprehensive, community-based services as participants recover from trauma of sex trade.

Program

The voluntary Pre-adjudication program:

  • Consists of 4 phases providing integrated services, to include:
    • Case management
    • Service linkage to counseling
    • Job skills training, employment, education, and medical assistance
    • Housing
    • Substance use disorder counseling
  • Weekly meetings with case manager
  • Weekly to bi-monthly court attendance, depending on phase
  • Random drug testing

Upon completion, charges will remain dismissed and are eligible for immediate expunction

  • Must be 17 years of age or older
  • Available to women, men and transgendered individuals
  • Must have a current misdemeanor or reduced felony prostitution charge
  • May be brought into the program on a charge other than prostitution if a history of prostitution exists
  • No violent offenses, though exceptions may be made
  • No evidence of being a perpetrator, pimp or trafficker
  • Must reside in Travis County
  • Assessed as medium to high risk for criminal recidivism
  • Assessed as medium to high risk for being in an abusive situation over the past year
  • Assessed as having a substance use disorder or PTSD
  • Potential participants are identified at Central Booking and are screened by a Counseling & Education Services caseworker for eligibility
  • Participation in the program must be agreed to by the County Attorney, Defense Attorney (Judith Bohr and Jessica Bernstein), and Judge

Contact Person

Tony Frank
(512) 854-1435