As an integral part of the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, the Special Crimes Division handles those sensitive cases often involving society’s most vulnerable: children. These victims are the least likely to be able to stop crimes from being committed against them, report crimes to law enforcement, or have the support needed to get through the complex legal process.
Our mission is to ensure the safety and voice of all victims while vigorously, effectively and fairly prosecuting offenders. The Division’s mission shall always be carried out in a compassionate and fair manner to enhance society’s fundamental right to a safe and just community.
The unit is comprised of prosecutors, victim advocates, investigators, and essential staff members who each play a vital role in the prosecution of these critical cases.
Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez created the Child Abuse Unit when he saw the alarming rate at which it has plagued Hidalgo County.
The Child Abuse Unit is made up of 4 dedicated prosecutors who fight to seek justice for children who have been abused and neglected. An investigator and 2 advocates are also assigned to the unit.
The Child Abuse Unit investigates and prosecutes the following types of crimes:
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, please contact authorities.