New law could help Texans forced into taking on debt

Starting this September, victims of coerced debt will be able to get a police report for identity theft.

News Story (Texas)

Steffi Lee
June 21, 2019

Tags: Coerced Debt

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)


“Prior to the passage of this bill, the way that the identity theft statute defined identity theft had to be without a person’s consent,” said Carla Sanchez-Adams, managing attorney with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid. “So consent was with knowledge, permission, but it didn’t take into account scenarios when somebody was either under threat of violence or under duress or coercion by somebody else.”


Sanchez-Adams, who was Cheryl’s attorney and has worked with several clients on this issue, says there is a growing dependence on consumer reporting and the information contained on a consumer report can impact many areas of a person’s life. A consumer report often contains credit reports and other public data.