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File #: M-19-6   
Type: Memorial Status: Enacted
File created: 11/4/2019 In control: City Council
Final action: 11/8/2019
Enactment date: 11/8/2019 Enactment #: M-2019-003
Title: Reaffirming The City Of Albuquerque's Commitment To The Prevention Of Child Abuse And Neglect And Urging The New Mexico Legislature To Strengthen State Laws Pertaining To Violence Against Children (Borrego, Sanchez)
Attachments: 1. M-6.pdf, 2. M-6Enacted
Date Action ByActionResultAction Details
11/8/2019 City Clerk Enacted  Action details
11/8/2019 City Council Sent to City Clerk for Signature  Action details
11/4/2019 City Council Introduced (Immediate Action Requested)  Action details
11/4/2019 President Immediate Action Requested  Action details
11/4/2019 City Council PassedPass Action details
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY THIRD COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. M-19-6 ENACTMENT NO. _____________________

SPONSORED BY: Cynthia D. Borrego and Ken Sanchez


MEMORIAL
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Reaffirming The City Of Albuquerque's Commitment To The Prevention Of Child Abuse And Neglect And Urging The New Mexico Legislature To Strengthen State Laws Pertaining To Violence Against Children (Borrego, Sanchez)
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WHEREAS, violence against children includes all forms of violence against people under 18 years old which may involve physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect; and
WHEREAS, there were 14,139 calls received in 2018 by the Statewide Central Intake (SCI) pertaining to possible crimes against children in the City of Albuquerque, all of which were investigated by APD officers; and
WHEREAS, in 2019, the average of number of cases being reviewed by APD's Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU) has been 226 cases per week; and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico Children's Code, Chapter 32A-4, allows for accused perpetrators to access minor victim records and evidence as an exception to its confidentiality section at 32A-4-33 et seq.; and
WHEREAS, access to juvenile records by a potential perpetrator could place the victim at risk for additional trauma and provide suspects access to private interviews, safe house interviews, videos, reports, limited medical information and photos; and
WHEREAS, strengthening the New Mexico Children's Code to amend its confidentiality section to prevent accused perpetrators from accessing minor victim records and evidence and providing a specific IPRA exception for law enforcement investigations could clarify existing law and better protect access to a child victim's records; and

WHEREAS, defining "Lewd and Lascivious Conduct", in NM State law, could allow for law enforcement to bring charges upon individuals exhibiting these behaviors in public, and thereby potentially identifying child predators and pr...

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