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Dec 14, 2020


HOUSTON, Texas – The Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee held its second virtual workshop December 11 as part of its response to the FIFA assignment on human-rights risks and opportunities.

Approximately 85 stakeholders from the Houston community participated in a two-and-a-half-hour discussion that built on specific opportunities surrounding the eight issues prioritized in the first workshop that could be associated with hosting a FIFA World CupTM.

The workshop, led by the bid committee’s sub-committee on human rights and chairwoman Minal

Patel Davis, the director of the City of Houston’s Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence, included a special participant – Luis CdeBaca, former U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and member of the Grace Farms Foundation’s Justice Initiative.

CdeBaca, one of the country’s most decorated federal prosecutors, was also Director of the Department of Justices’Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking under President Barack Obama.

The list of the committee’s priorities, as determined in the November meeting, are Safety and Security, Worker’s Rights, Migrants, Non-Discrimination, Human Trafficking, Right to Participate in the Conduct of Public Affairs, Houston Rights and Disability Access.

“Houston has long been a global city ready to host a World Cup in 2026,’’ Davis said. “Our second human rights stakeholder meeting helped to confirm that, as we included not only local leaders, but also global human rights experts who helped formulate our solutions and define opportunities for legacy.”

In addition to CdeBaca, Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee board member and U.S. soccer

legend, DaMarcus Beasley, opened the workshop by sharing his thoughts on playing in four World Cups.

“I am very proud of the work we are doing in these workshops,’’ said Houston Bid Committee President Chris Canetti. “It is inspiring to see such a passionate group of individuals working on such important issues. I look forward to the next workshop and submitting our final report that will showcase the strength of our community.”

The next workshop is scheduled for January 14, 2021. Anyone interested in participating in that workshop can email or call 832.393.0977. Requests for the January 14 workshop must be received by January 5.

About the Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee

The Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee is leading our region’s efforts to host the 2026 FIFA World CupTM. It is a subsidiary of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority. The 2026 FIFA World CupTM will be played in 16 cities across the United States, Mexico, and Canada and Houston is among 17 cities vying to become U.S. host city. A final decision is expected in 2021.

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