About Us

        "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
                     —Dr. Suess

We understand parenting is difficult and we want to offer tools to alleviate stress, answer questions, and help you create a nurturing and healthy atmosphere for your child. Child safety starts with education - anyone can be a good parent with the right tools.
The death of Jovonie Ochoa, a four year old boy starved to death by his grandmother, shook our community to the core, and sparked me to form the Blue Ribbon Task Force. My vision is to combine local community leaders, organizations and volunteers to form a coalition to advocate for children, offer parental support, and educate the public about the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Now, we are many members strong and our voices reach across the state through billboards, posters, literature, radio and television ads, and community events.
Our goal is to provide a haven for parents to get much needed support, and ultimately develop a safe world for all children – free from abuse and neglect.


Senator Carlos I. Uresti
Founder of the Blue Ribbon Task Force

Blue Ribbon Task Force Poster Contest

The San Antonio Blue Ribbon Task Force Against Child Abuse & Neglect is gearing up for Child Abuse Awareness Month in April with a poster design contest intended to encourage dialogue about child abuse awareness. The winning poster and its message will be adopted as the Task Force's new awareness campaign for 2016.

All children in grades K-12th across the greater San Antonio area are invited to show what child abuse awareness means to them by submitting their creative art work to Senator Carlos Uresti in person or by mail at 3315 Sidney Brooks Dr., Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78235. Entries should be 11"x17" or smaller.

Encouraged themes are:

  • It's okay to ask for help (Asking for help is a positive thing)
  • Families Helping Families (Reaching out to help others can make a difference)
  • Take a Stand (Speak out! Your voice matters)
  • Happy Kids/Families (Being safe and loved creates a happy environment)

Once submitted and approved for content, the artwork will be featured on the Blue Ribbon Task Force's Facebook page. Youths and their families are encouraged to share their art work with others via Facebook. The Blue Ribbon Task Force's executive members will vote on the entries, and the winner will be announced on April 1st at Senator Carlos Uresti's annual child abuse awareness press conference in San Antonio.

The youth who submits the winning poster will be recognized as the Blue Task Force's Young Ambassador and will receive a commemorative pin from Senator Uresti. The poster design will be featured on the task force's new website at www.blueribbontaskforce.com and displayed in the Capitol office of Sen. Uresti. The deadline for submission is March 23rd, 2016 at 6:00pm. Please be sure to include your name, address, and a contact email. For more information or questions, please go The Blue Ribbon Task Force Facebook Page or contact Bryant Villa at (210) 932-2568.

Mission Statement

The Bexar county Blue Ribbon Task Force will develop and advance community-based solutions for the problems of child abuse and neglect. Through education, support, and prevention efforts, the Blue Ribbon Task Force will help create a community where all children are cherished and protected.

Blue Ribbon Task Force Billboard Campaign

These are images from one of the several Blue Ribbon Task Force billboard campaigns from the past few years. They were made possible through the donations of time, talent, money, and resources from various community members.