AURORA, Ill. – In recognition for her efforts to curb violence in our community, state Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, was recently appointed by Speaker of the House Emanuel “Chris” Welch to a bipartisan Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force.
“Violence in our communities is a public health crisis, one that has escalated across the country this past year,” said Hernandez. “To effectively reduce crime and improve our communities, we have to address the root causes of crime. The Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force will take a systemic approach to looking at policing and how we keep our communities safe to create a long-term, comprehensive plan to address the violence crisis.”
The bipartisan Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force will be asked to study the rise in violence and identify legislative actions to improve public safety in Illinois communities. Hernandez has been a strong advocate for violence prevention efforts and policing reforms throughout her time in the General Assembly. She has been a vocal leader for common-sense gun safety reforms and supported funding to communities most plagued by gun violence. To address the root causes of crime and improve communities, this past legislative session Hernandez also supported measures to fund affordable housing, reduce food insecurity, support community organizations and improve access to affordable health care.
“As we work to address the violence crisis, it is critical that all groups have a seat at the table and community input is heard,” said Hernandez. “The Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force will bring together all stakeholders, including community organizations, law enforcement, public defenders and members from both sides of the aisle. I look forward to beginning this important work to find meaningful solutions to support our community.”