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Santa Fe, NM– Attorney General Baldears joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.

Albuquerque, NM----Attorney General Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools on Monday, January 6, 2020. The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns. Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school settings, using technology to safely report school safety concerns, and effective measures for combating cyberbullying.

Santa Fe, NM----Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against four corporations that manufactured, advertised, and sold talcum powder products, including baby powder, which contained hazardous and carcinogenic asbestos to New Mexicans. The defendants named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Corporation; and Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to faith leaders in all religious communities in New Mexico, urging them to come together with the Office of the Attorney General to discuss hate motivated violence against religious communities. The call to action comes in the wake of multiple violent incidents across the United States that targeted people based on their faith and in their places of worship.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Stewart was sentenced to twenty years in the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of three counts of human trafficking. Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart, Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.

Santa Fe, NM----Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general in filing a comment letter to protect the rights of asylum-seekers. Under a new interim final rule, the Trump Administration is effectively attempting to ignore asylum claims...

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Michael Stevens committed six first-degree felonies in 2009 by sexually assaulting his sister.

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Lambros, who stole over $1,000,000 from the life-savings of a 98 year old former Albuquerque resident and several thousand dollars from his former friend, was sentenced to 12 years in the Department of Corrections to be followed by five years of probation. He also failed to pay taxes on the amounts that he stole.

Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 27 attorneys general, led by California, in filing an amicus brief before the full U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Brackeen v. Bernhardt. In the brief, the coalition urges the appellate court to uphold ICWA and affirm the decision of a three-judge appellate panel. ICWA is a 41-year-old federal law that furthers the best interests of Indigenous children and protects the sovereignty of tribes by preserving children’s connections to their heritage during child placement proceedings.

Santa Fe, NM–- Attorney General Hector Balderas today joined a bipartisan coalition of 56 attorneys general from every state, territory, and the District of Columbia in calling for Congress to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs. Schedule I drugs are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

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Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned. The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert regarding phone recordings threatening New Mexicans with federal enforcement action by the U. S. Treasury and appearances before a grand jury or federal magistrate judge. The scam recording tells New Mexicans they must call various phone numbers with out of state area codes. Scams like this one are flooding New Mexico and since May 2, 2016, nearly 700 reports have been made...