2020 Meeting Calendar

Mark your calendars for the North Texas LINK Coalition’s monthly meetings! Meetings are held the second Friday of each month with the exception of December.


Friday, March 13, 2020

More information coming soon.

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What you missed! The North Texas LINK Coalition’s first meeting of 2020!


Friday, February 14, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 am

The SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, Texas 75212

Complimentary continental breakfast is courtesy of the Coalition.

Animal Cruelty and the LINK

Featuring Special Guest Speaker, David Thomas Ritter, Esq

David Thomas Ritter Bio

Friday, January 10, 2020

The North Texas LINK Coalition thanks The Family Place Ann Moody Place in Dallas for hosting the Coalition’s first meeting of 2020 and the Honorable Roberto Cañas for making the meeting a complete success!  Coalition member, Texas Humane Legislation Network, provided a delicious breakfast buffet as dozens of professionals and community advocates gathered to hear Judge Roberto Cañas’ stirring message, ‘A Judicial Perspective of the LINK from the Bench.’ The Judge gave a history of  progress made in victim advocacy and briefly outlined ongoing challenges in a multi-discipline response to domestic violence and the court system.

Judge Roberto Canas presenting

Judge Cañas applauded the North Texas LINK Coalition for its Purpose Statements [read about the Coalitions Mission and Purpose here] saying these are as relevant today as in the 1990’s when many jurisdictions, including Dallas, began to create specialized domestic violence courts. He explained these courts helped to ensure follow-through on domestic violence cases, aid domestic violence victims, and hold offenders accountable with the assistance of justice and social service agencies. Judge Cañas also recognized Coalition member, The Family Place, the first domestic violence shelter in Dallas, and thanked them for their innovative care that now includes victim’s companion animals. Read more about The Family Place Emergency Services here.

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More about Judge Roberto “Rob” Cañas: In 2006, the people of Dallas County elected Rob to preside as a judge over County Criminal Court #10. This court was a dedicated domestic violence court that disposed about 3,000 cases annually. Rob worked to make his court one of the best domestic violence courts in the country. In 2013, his court was one of only three in the whole country, to receive the Domestic Violence Mentor Court designation from the U.S. Department of Justice. This means that his court exhibited best practices on how to handle domestic violence cases. This designation remained in place until Rob left the court in 2018.  Contact Information:

orange bar - link branded colorMark your calendars Now for the next North Texas LINK Coalition meeting!

January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, and November 13.

Check back often for meeting updates and details!

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Thank you.

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