NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

December 11, 2007
CONTACT: Diana Martinez
512-463-0119 / 210-932-2568



Unveiling of the Blue Ribbon Task Force Awareness Campaign to Combat Child Abuse & Neglect


Thursday - December 13, 2007 - 12:00 p.m.


Clear Channel Outdoor, 3714 N Pan Am Expressway, San Antonio, Texas 78219

Senator Carlos I. Uresti invites all community partners to the unveiling of the Blue Ribbon Task Force Awareness Campaign. "Christmas Day will be the anniversary of the death of a little boy named Jovonie Ochoa. Four years ago his death rocked this community and sparked the formation of the Blue Ribbon Task Force," Senator Uresti said. "I founded the Blue Ribbon Task Force to bring awareness to the tragedies of child abuse and, with the assistance of Clear Channel Outdoor, we can now send a message to people that help is out there."

The Blue Ribbon Task Force is launching a billboard campaign to encourage parents who need support to call 2-1-1. The primary prevention message aims to help parents deal with root cause issues that can lead to child abuse and neglect. 2-1-1 connects individuals and families with critical health and human services provided by nonprofit organizations and government agencies in their own community.

In addition to the billboard campaign, a poster campaign is also rolling out. The Blue Ribbon Task Force has partnered with the following organizations to place awareness posters at area businesses and offices: Aetna CHIP/Medicaid, Accu-Print, Anger Solutions Network, Any Baby Can of San Antonio, Baptist Child & Family Services, Battered Women and Children's Shelter of Bexar County, Bexar County Department of Community Investment, Bexar County Medical Society, Blonde Creative, Boysville Home for Children, Brighton School, Catholic Charities, Center for Healthcare Services, Child Advocates of San Antonio, Children's Association for Maximum Potential, The Children's Shelter, ChildSafe, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, Communities In Schools of San Antonio, Community Partnership for Protecting Children, Department of Community Initiatives, Family Service Association of San Antonio, The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, GRE Creative Communications, GTO Advertising, Healthy Families San Antonio, H-E-B, Junior League of San Antonio, Inc., Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Methodist Healthcare System, Methodist Mission Home, Planned Parenthood, San Antonio College Department of Early Childhood Studies, The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Housing Authority, San Antonio Nonprofit Council, Southpark Mall, Southwest Mental Health Center, St. PJ's Children's Home, Students In Christ Youth Center, City of San Antonio, The Rape Crisis Center for Children & Adults, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, and University Health System.

Senator Uresti is the founder and chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a local coalition of community members. For more information, visit .

Senator Uresti will be available for comments and questions from members of the media during the event.