Attorney General Balderas is committed to the strong and vigorous enforcement of federal and state civil rights laws. The Office of the Attorney General takes a proactive role in identifying civil rights violations to be remedied by the State’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer. We also work closely with the public, state, federal and local government agencies, and civil rights and community organizations to identify potential civil rights initiatives.
Our actions address a broad array of civil rights issues, including, but not limited to:
- LGBTQ Rights
- Disability Rights
- Workers’ Rights
- Cyber Security
- Immigrant Rights
- Election Security
- Environmental Security
- Human Trafficking Prevention
- Sexual Assault on College Campuses
- Education Rights, including Equal Access to Higher Education
In order to enforce civil rights issues in New Mexico, the Attorney General also prepares and files briefs (amicus curiae briefs) on behalf of the Attorney General and on behalf of other states in cases brought by third parties in which significant civil rights issues will be resolved.
Investigative demand sent by the Office of the Attorney General’s pertaining to the investigation of sexual abuse by priests, clergy members, or other church officials.
List of recent actions taken by NM Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Advisory on Janus Decision – Guidance for Public Sector Employers and Employees
For your Knowledge
Equal Opportunity Laws
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws prohibit specific types of job discrimination in certain workplaces. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has two agencies which deal with EEO monitoring and enforcement, the Civil Rights Center and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Equal Opportunity Laws in NM
American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, following many years of advocacy by the disability and civil rights communities.
Since then, the ADA has transformed American society, guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state and local government programs.
The ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The ADA is an equal opportunity law for people with disabilities.