National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Gordon Burrows is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in matters concerning matrimonial and family law. Having earned his JD at St. John’s University School of Law in 1984, Gordon Burrows focuses on cases involving child neglect or abuse in White Plains, New York.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The annual observance aims to raise awareness about abuse and its effects on children of all ages. During this month, communities around the United States are encouraged to offer families education and support regarding the matter.
April 2018 began with workers from the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) marching across the Brooklyn Bridge. According to the ACS commissioner, the demonstration aspired to raise awareness about its cause; the organization offers services on child welfare, early care and education, and juvenile justice.
Child neglect or abuse is defined by the State of New York as the act of inflicting death or physical or emotional harm on a child under 18 by any parent or caretaker.
According to the ACS, drawing attention to its services would enable individuals to become more aware that a home does not always guarantee safety to children.
A matrimonial and family law attorney based in White Plains, New York, Gordon Burrows graduated from St. John’s University School of Law with his JD over 30 years ago. Since then, he has practiced law in various capacities and serves as the county legislator for Westchester County’s 15th District Court. Active in the professional community, Gordon Burrows belongs to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
Dedicated to informing and educating the public and legal professionals, the NYSBA regularly promotes new legislation. In April, the organization announced that it had finally succeeded in helping pass a new law relating to interrogations, after supporting it for more than a decade.
This new law was included in the 2017-2018 budget and went in to effect on April 1, 2018. According to the new rules, law enforcement agencies must record custodial interrogations using video when questioning a person accused of a serious crime. In doing so, the NYSBA hopes to prevent wrongful convictions and prosecutions within the state. Courts may deem a confession inadmissible if the interrogation of the person was not video recorded.
The road to getting this legislation passed began in 2004 when the NYSBA first began drafting a law that required interrogations to be recorded. Two years later, the organization received grant funds to purchase video equipment for district attorneys around the state.
In 2009, the NYSBA’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions released a comprehensive report examining wrongful convictions in the state, and by 2015, NYSBA announced that it had drafted a bill requiring the recording of interrogations alongside the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York and the Innocence Project.
Finally, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo presented the legislation in 2017, and the measure was subsequently enacted.