Cimarron, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, deputies of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office arrested Simon Garcia this week on charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children for the possession of child pornography.
Albuquerque, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a brief in support of the State of New York’s lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on immigration in the Eastern District of New York. This follows briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting the Washington State lawsuit against the executive order and in the Eastern District of Virginia in support of Virginia’s lawsuit.
Santa Fe, NM- Ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee convening this afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced his support for SB 121, legislation that would ban the dangerous and extremely harmful practice of “conversion therapy” for minors in New Mexico. The so-called “therapy” involves the systematic shaming and humiliation of gender non-conforming children in order to instill self-hatred. This discredited practice is not based on medical science--it is based on prejudice. It has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and other major medical and professional organizations.
Gallup, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that Barion Ernesto Solorzano was sentenced in the 11th District Judicial Court to 30 years in prison by Judge Louis E. DePauli for unfathomable sexual offenses against children. In August of 2016, Solorzano plead guilty to one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor in the third degree, one count of sexual exploitation of children by production, and one count of sexual exploitation of children by manufacture. The defendant also had a prior conviction for attempted lewdness with a minor in Clark County, Nevada.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denial of the Trump Administration’s request to reinstate the illegal travel ban:
Santa Fe, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas will deliver a joint address to the New Mexico Legislature tomorrow for Law Enforcement Day, and will be joined by officers, prosecutors, victims and service providers from around the state. The topic of the Attorney General’s address is Law Enforcement in New Mexico: Coming Together to Prevent Crime in Our Communities.
Santa Fe, NM -Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and 14 other Attorneys General filed a brief opposing the federal executive order that bans travel by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and by refugees. The attorneys general filed their brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and argued in support of the temporary restraining order that blocks the unlawful order.
Santa Fe, NM – As a father and as the chief law enforcement officer in the State of New Mexico, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced this morning that he supports HB 75 to limit school restraint and seclusion in New Mexico schools. More than 1100 students were subjected to restraint at school during the 2015-16 school year in New Mexico, and students with disabilities account for 76% of all restraints and out-of-school suspensions in New Mexico public schools, while they comprise just 14% of the student body.
Albuquerque, NM - This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert concerning a dangerous phishing scam targeting schools and employers in New Mexico in an attempt to illegally obtain W2s. The scammers email from addresses that end in “.ru” but show up as the name of someone working in the school district or business in an attempt to trick staff into sending confidential tax information belonging to employees.
Santa Fe, NM - Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced a settlement with Colorado-based The Western Union Company, resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used Western Union’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers. In addition to New Mexico, 49 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.