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Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to close New Mexico’s child exploitation loophole: “We applaud the Senate Judiciary Committee members’ efforts to close the child sexual exploitation loophole and to avoid creating new loopholes.”

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that will allow the Office of the Attorney General to use NCMEC resources and kid-friendly videos and educational materials to provide internet safety training. The Office of the Attorney General leads the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and already works closely with NCMEC in this capacity. The first Cyber Safety presentation for elementary students was presented to 100 fifth graders at Painted Sky Elementary School in Albuquerque yesterday. (Photos attached) The Office of the Attorney General has already been providing internet safety trainings to middle school students, high school students and parents around New Mexico.

Santa Fe, NM – During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on House Bill 65 tonight, Attorney General Balderas issued the following statement: “I am urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass a tough law, HB 65, that protects children from sexual exploitation in New Mexico,” said Attorney General Balderas. “There can be no more child exploitation loopholes in our state.”

Santa Fe, NM - Today, in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his office’s continued efforts to educate students across New Mexico about the dangers of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas is urging the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to pass the ‘‘Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls Act of 2015’’ or ‘‘HANGUP” Act. In the letter, Attorney General Balderas and 24 state attorneys general, called on the committee to pass the Act, which repeals a recent amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to allow debt-collection robocalls to consumers’ cell phones.

Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert this morning in response to a very large increase in reports made to the Office of the Attorney General by consumers across New Mexico regarding “IRS” scams. IRS imposters are calling using fake names, titles and even badge numbers in New Mexico. They may know the last four digits of your Social Security Number, may have caller ID information that appears to be the IRS calling, they may send bogus e-mails to you, and they may call back numerous times claiming to be from the police or from the department of motor vehicles with caller ID again appearing to be from these agencies.

A letter from Attorney General Balderas regarding the status of the behavioral health investigations.

Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert today in response to a recent uptick in reports of Craigslist apartment scams from consumers across New Mexico. This scam typically occurs when someone is looking for an apartment or house to rent on Craigslist. The “landlord” will not be available to show the property personally as they claim to be out of town, but they promise a great deal on the rent. Typically, the person posting the photo and ad does not own the property. The scammer will request deposit money to be sent to another state or country. Once that money is gone, it’s gone for good.

lbuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s rule proposal to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas on public and tribal lands: “Today’s announcement is a strong step in the right direction, and I am glad to see the BLM working to give New Mexicans their fair share from the development of our oil and gas resources. Strong action to address methane on federal and tribal lands will address waste of a public resource and provide economic benefits to the people of New Mexico. It will also provide health benefits to New Mexico families."

Albuquerque, NM – On January 20, 2016 five special agents for the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, one APD officer and one Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy were sworn in as Special Deputy United States Marshals as Task Force Officers (TFO). They will be joining many law enforcement officials from throughout New Mexico actively participating in the South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force.

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