IPTX’s Anna Vasquez appointed to Houston Forensic Science Center Board
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner recently appointed Anna Vasquez, Director of Education and Outreach for IPTX, and one of four women wrongfully convicted and later exonerated in a case that made national headlines, to the Houston Forensic Science Center’s board of directors. City Council unanimously confirmed her appointment on May 29th.
Ms. Vasquez is one of the women who became known as the “San Antonio Four” after the case against them made national news, including false allegations against the women.
“After spending almost 13 years in prison, I feel an obligation to ensure that my story prevents such things from occurring to other innocent people and helps improve the justice system,” Ms. Vasquez said. “Serving on HFSC’s oversight board and helping to ensure it provides quality, objective science is one way to do that.”
HFSC is a local government corporation that provides forensic services, in 7 forensic disciplines, to the City of Houston and other local agencies. Its management structure is designed to be responsive to a 2009 recommendation by the National Academy of Sciences that called for crime laboratories to be independent of law enforcement and prosecutorial branches of government.