Reforming Child Testimony in New Mexico

Reforming
Child Testimony in New Mexico

New Mexico is one of only a handful of states that requires a victim to testify in front of the abuser, either in court or in a taped deposition presided over by a judge with the defendant and counsel present. Especially for children, being in the presence of the accused can be very traumatic. Therefore, many cases are never prosecuted.

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What We Are Doing

Our group has been very involved in advocating for SB36, which failed to pass in the 2021 legislative session. We are helping to rewrite the bill to address Senate objections and working with the New Mexico Attorney General, District Attorney, NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence and NM Children’s Alliance to ensure it is put on the governor’s call for the 2022 session or introduced as an amendment to the current Uniform Child Witness Protective Measures Act.