Join Public Counsel for a conversation for trauma-informed services for children through system reform litigation.
Hotel Chaco’s Gathering Room
Thursday, January 9th, 2020
Open to the public
Please join us for a lovely afternoon filled with food and beautiful jewelry.
100% of proceeds go to support Pegasus’ work meeting the legal needs of vulnerable children and youth in New Mexico.
We are still taking jewelry donations and need volunteers to help prepare for the big day! If you’re interested, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 8th, 12-4PM
Southwest Capital Bank
1410 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
A significant issue in New Mexico and across the nation is the over-representation of youth with disabilities in juvenile detention. According to a 2015 report by the National Council on Disability (NCD), up to 85 percent of youth in juvenile detention have disabilities that would make them eligible for special education, but only 37 percent of these youth actually receive these services while enrolled in school. Significantly, children of color are detained at disproportionate rates. The NCD report concluded that many youth who end up in detention could experience more positive outcomes and avoid the criminal justice system if provided with appropriate special education services in school.
The NCD report highlighted that both conscious and unconscious racial biases can lead to the exclusion of students from school. The report found that improper implementation of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including in relation to identification, discipline, and placement, often impacts students of color with disabilities disproportionately. Among its recommendations, the report emphasized that any effort to intervene in the school-to-prison pipeline must address racial biases and racial disparities in special and general education programs.
Pegasus is preparing for our yearly big fundraiser, the 13th Annual Jewelry Extravaganza! This year proves to be better than ever, in a fabulous new location and with new jewelry sources! We’re looking for volunteers to help with this event. If you would like to support us by volunteering, please contact email@example.com or (505) 244-1101.
This video was produced for the New Mexico State Bar’s Legal Services and Programs “Breaking Good” contest. The contest is open to high school students who create videos to help educate others about providers and legal services available to New Mexicans. This video, “Grounded Pegasus,” by Walker Dodson-Sands and Team Walker Boh at the Public Academy for Performing Arts, was created to raise awareness about the services Pegasus provides for the youth of New Mexico. Watch and share!
According to a study from the Economic Policy Institute, the average cost of child and infant care in New Mexico is approximately $8,000 per year, or about $667 per month. This expense accounts for anywhere from 10-17% of a typical New Mexican family’s income and often presents a huge financial burden for working families with young children. The state’s Children Youth and Families Department subsidizes child care for parents, grandparents, and legal guardians who are working, going to school, or in a job training program and have a gross income at or below 200% percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). However, recent changes to the program’s income requirement have threatened to curtail the number of families eligible for assistance.
Under the Martinez administration, CYFD reduced the program’s income eligibility to 150% FPL without any public hearing or public comment on the issue. The Center on Law and Poverty responded by filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of families harmed by the change, which resulted in a settlement wherein the department agreed to continue using the 200% FPL benchmark. More recently, however, CYFD announced plans to lower the income eligibility to 160% FPL, this time using the proper administrative procedures to avoid the legal issues of the earlier lawsuit. The first public meeting on the rule change had been scheduled for July 8 but was postponed in a July 3 announcement from the department and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. This comes as good news for children and families in the state, particularly in light of the recent Kids Count survey ranking New Mexico 50th in the country for children’s overall well-being. Stating that universal child care assistance is her “unconditional goal,” Governor Lujan Grisham assured that her administration will concern themselves with expanding the program’s coverage and accessibility and that “anything less would be a disservice to the families and children of the state.”