Senator Luis Sepúlveda, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, Family of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, and Community Advocates to Unveil Legislation to Protect Children from Gang, Other Violence

Legislation would require small businesses across state to offer “safe haven” to endangered minors

WHO:   State Senator Luis Sepúlveda
              Assemblyman Victor Pichardo
              Father and Aunt of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz
             Community Advocates
             Religious Leaders

WHAT:     State Senator Luis Sepulveda and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo to announce “Safe Havens for Endangered Children” legislation that would require all small businesses to call police when a child or young person in danger seeks help from them.  The proposed law, to be known as “Junior’s Law,” comes after Bronx 15-year-old Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Felix was dragged from a bodega where he had sought refuge and was stabbed to death by members of a violent street gang that had been chasing him, all caught on video.

WHEN:    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 3:00PM
WHERE:  Outside Zesarina Grocery, 526 East 183rd Street at corner of Bathgate Ave, Bronx, NY

WHY:       The persistent and increasing level of violence against children, as evident in the murder of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, requires action by State lawmakers to strengthen crime prevention and victim assistance services.

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