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Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Houston Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Victoria Sanchez, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s Houston Southeast office, for her commitment to Texas children. Sanchez was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s Houston region, which covers nine counties. Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key presented the award to Sanchez on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Fort Worth.

“Thanks to Victoria Sanchez’s hard work and dedication, thousands of young Texans have the child support they need to grow healthy and strong,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Victoria is an outstanding lawyer and a tremendous asset to the Child Support Division. We are grateful to Victoria for her commitment to Texas children.”

AAG of the Year Award Recipient

Victoria Sanchez

Deputy Attorney General Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Sanchez, who joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2007, represents the State of Texas in legal actions to establish paternity between children of unmarried parents and their biological fathers. She also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Sanchez, a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because she continually sets the standard by which other assistant attorneys general should be held. She is not only consistent, dependable and conscientious in carrying out her responsibilities as an assistant attorney general, but she serves as a model for ethical standards for her fellow colleagues and co-workers.

“Ms. Sanchez is very diligent and stands out as an assistant attorney general with plenty of zeal for our legal practice,” said Senior Regional Attorney Anthony Shorter. “She is hard working and always willing to help others. She is an advocate for the legal cause but willing to work amicably towards an equitable resolution.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.