Attention Reporters, Editors and Broadcasters:
Sen. Uresti hosts Capitol rally for Go Blue! day
State Sen. Carlos Uresti will host DFPS Commissioner Anne Heiligenstein, other state lawmakers and child advocates at a Capitol news conference and rally Wednesday marking Go Blue! day in Texas.
Go Blue! day is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in the fight against child abuse and neglect by wearing blue clothing or a blue ribbon, displaying blue ribbons outside or inside the workplace as a part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The blue ribbon is the international symbol for child abuse prevention - representing the bruised and battered bodies of the thousands of children who are abused everyday. Last year, there were almost 67,000 cases of confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in Texas. More than 12,000 children were removed from their homes, and 227 kids died at the hands of their parents or other caregivers.
There will be plenty of photo and interview opportunities available as elected officials and other child advocates wear blue to publicize this month of heightened awareness and education about child abuse and neglect.
Wednesday, April 6, 1:30 p.m.
State Capitol, South Steps
Sen. Carlos Uresti, Sen. Mario Gallegos, Sen. Wendy Davis, Rep. Elliot Naishtat, DFPS Commissioner Anne Heiligenstein, Jennifer Evans Morris, president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association; Mark Carmona, Center for Health Care Services; Sgt. Raul Ortegon, APD Child Abuse Division; Armin Steege, Austin Children's Shelter; Andrea Sparks, Texas CASA; Chadwick Sapenter, former foster care youth
Sen. Uresti represents Senate District 19, a 55,000 square mile area extending from the city of San Antonio in Bexar County to the Lower Valley of El Paso County and including approximately 750,000 people. The largest legislative district in the nation, it spans two time zones and contains nine of the 14 border counties in Texas.