Pegasus works with detained youth to protect their civil rights while they are incarcerated, including mental health treatment, education, and appropriate family contact. The team educated youth (and the community organizations that serve them) so they have the information they need to self-advocate.
Pegasus was the part of the leadership team to develop the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) court, an entity that respects the filial and tribal bonds that have historically been disregarded or misunderstood in child welfare proceedings. The court aims to protect tribal sovereignty, the child’s bonds to their heritage, and to ensure states comply with the law.
Pegasus partners with the ICWA court to help support, protect, and actualize the rights of Native children and youth. Pegasus provides no cost, full representation for these children when it is appropriate.
Pegasus has been appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to be a member of the Children’s Court Rules Committee and the Children’s Court Improvement Commission. These groups establish and reform the processes and procedures of children’s law in New Mexico.
Pegasus educated the community and young people about youth rights. The team visits homeless shelters to make presentations and to learn if the youth are in CYFD custody. If so, they work to confirm that their youth attorneys are advocating for them in an appropriate, holistic manner.
Pegasus partners with the Public Defenders and civil legal organizations to ensure quality service and direct clients to the appropriate provider: