News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

March 31, 2009
CONTACT: Mark Langford at 512.463.0119

Uresti joins child advocates, volunteers in neighborhood walk for kids

What: Blue Walk for child abuse prevention, sponsored by Sen. Carlos Uresti's Blue Ribbon Task Force awareness campaign to combat child abuse and neglect

Where: CentroMed Health and Wellness Center, 3750 Commercial Ave., San Antonio

When: Saturday, April 4, 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Formed by Uresti after the starvation death of four-year-old Jovonie Ochoa, the Blue Ribbon Task Force has grown into a community wide effort to combat child abuse and neglect. Raising children is not an easy task, and it can be particularly hard for young parents and those struggling to get by.

Child safety begins with education, so task force members and volunteers will walk neighborhoods in South San Antonio, answering questions and offering solutions to help create nurturing, healthy homes for kids. With the right tools, anyone can be a good parent.

"Children deserve to grow up without mental and physical abuse," Uresti said. "Going door-to-door and offering help and support directly to our neighbors will help create a better world for our children."

For more information on the task force, go to:

Carlos Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19 representing over 750,000 residents throughout a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts and spans two time zones.