SANTA FE ― The New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 142, Crimes Against CYFD Workers, creating criminal statutes that would make it a crime to assault Children Youth and Family Division workers.
House Bill 142, sponsored by Representative Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces), would make the assault against a CYFD worker a full misdemeanor offense and includes offenses such as, assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery and assisting another in committing a battery.
“We ask a lot of our CYFD workers, who often times go into unknown and potentially dangerous situations without any type of backup or support,” Gallegos said. “This legislation signals to our social workers that the state has their backs and will spare no expense to prosecute violent offenders to the full extent of the law.”
House Bill 142, Crimes Against CYFD Workers, passed the house on a 67-0 vote. It will now move on to the Senate for the committee process.