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COVID-19 Update

Our programs will continue to operate during the COVID-19 closures, though we DO NOT accept walk ins (as usual). Please call our office to be connected to our services. We are performing as much work as possible by phone, and keeping up to date with the Court’s schedules and guidance as their policies evolve. We remain committed to serving the youth and caregivers of New Mexico.

Be well,

The Pegasus Team
505.244.1101

13th Annual Jewelry Extravaganza- Sunday December 8th at Southwest Capital Bank!

 

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 info@pegasuslaw.org.

Sunday, December 8th, 12-4PM

Southwest Capital Bank
1410 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

 

Students with Disabilities and Juvenile Detention

Lily Hofstra

 

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.