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Document Details


Title: Trevino, Victor
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Treviño talks about his family history and genealogy. He also talks about emigrating from Mexico and recollects events he experienced while growing up in Texas relating to race discrimination by both Whites and the local Mexican American community. He talks about racial conflicts with black co-workers and the measures he took to deal with it. Treväino explains that he became a U. S. citizen primarily so he could become a policeman in Houston. He gives details about his life as a police officer, including race discrimination incidents that he observed in the Houston Police Department. Trevñio relates that the many problems and inequities of abuse of power by the Houston Police Department against minority citizens led him to establish the Organization of Spanish Speaking Officers (OSSO) in an attempt to give the Mexican American community a connection to the department by creating a positive Mexican American police presence in minority neighborhoods. As president of OSSO, Treviño worked with Houston's Mexican American communities on many health and school issues. He gives details about the management and funding of his election bid for Constable. Treviño also comments on the negative aspects of his political activities including acts of violence against him, his wife, and children by the local Mexicano establishment. He analyzes Victor Morales' potential as a politician and comments on his campaign style. Treviño emphasizes the importance of mentoring newly arrived Mexican immigrants toward achieving U.S. citizenship and the importance of educating them about their civic responsibilities to their new country and members of the Mexican American community.
Extent: 126 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_038.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Trevino, Victor, 1951-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 13-Dec-1951
Speaker place of birth: Mexico; North America
Age at speaking: 47
Document location: Houston, TX
Document date: 22-Jan-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Locations discussed: Harris County, TX; Houston, TX; Mexico; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Community; Community organization; Emigration and immigration; Family; Family--History; Harris County, TX; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Houston, TX; Mexico; North America; Oral history; Police; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Racism; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000254-199