ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — New legislation would create a task force focused on cases of missing women and girls who are Black, indigenous, and people of color.
This comes after the body of 16-year-old Jakarah Lopez-Moore was found in Rochester last week. She had been missing for about a month when her body was found in a wooded area.
In a letter penned to the governor, local and state legislators say cases of missing BIPOC women frequently fall under the radar. They said in Lopez-Moore’s case, had she not been listed as a runaway teen – and an Amber Alert was issued instead – the outcome may have been different.
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The legislation awaits a signature from Hochul.