Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement that the agency will not take full responsibility for the Gold King Mine spill:
“New Mexico’s children, families and economy have already been devastated by the EPA’s horrific actions, and now the EPA is revictimizing our state and the Navajo Nation with its reckless refusal to take full responsibility for the toxic Gold King Mine spill. Our families and farmers rely on this water, and I will continue to aggressively pursue litigation to obtain justice for our culturally unique population and fragile economy.”
Albuquerque, NM - In accordance with National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced efforts to spread awareness of human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery. The Office of the Attorney General will host the 2017 New Mexico Human Trafficking Conference this month for law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors, victim advocates, medical staff, service providers and social workers. The conference will take place from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday, January 31st at the Albuquerque Marriott. In 2016, the Office of the Attorney General Human Trafficking Unit conducted 8 search warrants, 6 arrest warrants, 4 labor trafficking cases, 33 sex trafficking cases, 31 victim interviews, 8 operations, and 23 trainings and presentations.
Albuquerque, NM – This morning, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a new initiative by his office to combat the opioid abuse and addiction crisis in New Mexico. Project OPEN: Opioid Prevention & Education Network will kick off by hosting an Opioid Abuse Training in Albuquerque on January 11, 2017.
Albuquerque, NM – If you are facing foreclosure or finding it hard to make your mortgage payments, Keep Your Home New Mexico, a program run by the Office of the Attorney General may be able to help. Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the program has a new toll free number: 1-800-220-0350. By calling this number or by visiting www.keepyourhomenewmexico.org, New Mexicans can get assistance that may help keep them in their homes.
Dear President-Elect Trump:
Our states and local governments are on the front lines of climate change. We see firsthand the significant human and economic costs inflicted by unchecked carbon pollution: whether it is harms from severe drought in California, catastrophic storm surge in New York City, a record deluge on the Front Range in Colorado, routine high tide flooding in Hampton Roads, Virginia and in South Florida, or diminished shellfish harvest in Oregon and Washington state.
Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney Hector Balderas announced that a Bernalillo County grand jury returned an indictment against Davon Lymon for first degree murder and seven other charges involving the death of Albuquerque Police Office Daniel Webster.
Grants, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Jadrian Lucero will remain in prison following his conviction for the fatal abuse of his own daughter, who was just 47 days old at the time of her death. The New Mexico Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Lucero’s conviction for intentional child abuse resulting in death.
Santa Fe, NM - Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a federal civil action against a group of individuals and businesses, located in California, who were taking advantage of New Mexicans facing foreclosure. The complaint alleges that the group violated state and federal consumer protection laws by sending deceptive mass mailings to over 4,400 New Mexico homeowners offering foreclosure relief and loan modification.
Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that late yesterday afternoon Jeffrey Morrill of Albuquerque was convicted of two counts of child exploitation by distribution and one count of child exploitation by possession. Graphic, sexual images of young girls ranging in age from six to ten were in Mr. Morrill’s possession at the time of his arrest.
Albuquerque, NM – This morning, the Office of Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared before Judge Benjamin Chavez to argue to keep five-time convicted murderer Clifton Bloomfield in prison for the rest of his life. Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to murdering five people in New Mexico, filed a writ of habeas corpus to withdraw his guilty plea.