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Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Environment Department filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), its contractor and two Colorado mine owners in response to the Gold King Mine Spill’s devastating impact on the State. New Mexico, in addition to the State of Utah, the Navajo Nation and the Southern Ute Tribe, suffered catastrophic environmental, public health and economic damage due to the release of hazardous substances into the Animas River. Since the incident occurred, the State of New Mexico has been in communication with the EPA but the parties have not been able to mutually agree on a monitoring plan that appropriately protects New Mexico and surrounding tribal lands.

WHO: Special Olympics athletes, Attorney General Hector Balderas, special agents and prosecutors WHAT: Special Olympics New Mexico Torch Run and Opening Ceremonies WHERE: Torch Run: Civic Plaza to UNM Track & Field and Soccer Complex Opening Ceremonies & Attorney General remarks: UNM Track & Field and Soccer Complex, 1800 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, United States WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, May 20, 2016 Torch Run: 6:30 pm Opening Ceremonies & Attorney General remarks: 7:15 pm

Carlsbad, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division by affirming Robert Earley’s convictions for first-degree murder, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

Albuquerque, NM – This week, prosecutors and special agents from the Office of the Attorney General joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal law enforcement agencies, service providers and the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) to combat human trafficking on Native American lands in New Mexico. The working conference, Sex Trafficking in Indian Country, demonstrates the critical importance of federal, state and tribal entities working together with service providers to attack human trafficking and protect victims on tribal lands in New Mexico.

Albuquerque, NM - This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas addressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) at a field hearing that was held in downtown Albuquerque regarding proposed federal rule changes for arbitration clauses. Attorney General Balderas is the chief law enforcement officer of New Mexico and is tasked with protecting the state’s consumers and vulnerable populations. The Attorney General made it clear that he will work with the CFPB to protect New Mexico consumers and root out the bad actors that prey on low-income, distressed and minority consumers. In addressing the CFPB, Attorney General Balderas endorsed the proposed rule changes by the federal government to ban the use of one-sided, forced arbitration clauses that only benefit big businesses and harm New Mexico consumers.

Albuquerque, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement in response to the release of DOJ findings on the University of New Mexico’s handling of alleged sexual assaults on its campus. The findings indicate that although UNM has made positive steps toward better handling allegations of sexual assault, it is still out of compliance with Title IX and Title IV, two key laws that prohibit sex discrimination in educational institutions.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas kicked off Money Smart Week in New Mexico by announcing free trainings in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Rio Rancho. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country. Partnering organizations will host their events April 23 - 30, 2016.

Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to the CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron, members of the Las Vegas City Council, and members of the San Miguel County Commission, regarding Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s recent closure of its obstetrics program. The resulting loss of critical services for women creates an unacceptable gap in care for mothers across northern New Mexico.

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas and 32 other attorneys general sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell urging the federal government to require methadone clinics to register, to query and to fully use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. New Mexico prescribers need to know if patients are getting narcotics from other health providers in order to screen out drug seekers and refer them to substance abuse treatment instead of giving them more opioids or benzodiazepines. New Mexico has some of the highest rates of opioid addiction and abuse in the nation.

Santa Fe, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas, eleven other attorneys general and the Consumer Protection Commissioner of Hawaii sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary John King urging the federal government to cease recognition of Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting body for post-secondary institutions. ACICS accredits schools like Brown Mackie College, ITT Tech and many other schools that have failed students to an utterly indefensible degree. The letter outlines a few examples of ACICS's sheer failure to maintain any semblance of accountability for the institutions to which it extends accreditation -- most shockingly, its continued accreditation of Corinthian up until the day the company declared bankruptcy, collapsed, and the educational institutions it owned shut their doors without notice to students.