Affirmative Litigation

The Affirmative Litigation Section is comprised of three legal divisions: Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and Civil Rights. These legal divisions bring cases on behalf of the people of the State of New Mexico using its authority to protect the people, rather than on behalf of another state agency. By bringing high-impact lawsuits to enforce State laws, the Affirmative Litigation Section seeks to protect New Mexicans and to recover debts, damages and penalties for the state in a wide variety of contexts.

Consumer Protection

Environmental Protection

Protecting the health of New Mexicans and the State’s uniquely wonderful environment is a priority of the New Mexico Department of Justice. The Environmental Protection Division represents the State and its agencies in litigation to safeguard our natural resources, recover damages for injury to our environment, and hold accountable businesses and individuals who violate our environmental protection laws. The Division also advocates and litigates for a strong federal floor of environmental regulations to mitigate the impacts of out-of-state pollution, especially with respect to climate change.

Civil Rights

Under the leadership of Attorney General Raúl Torrez, the New Mexico Department of Justice established the new Civil Rights Division. The Division is vigorously committed to protecting individual rights across a broad spectrum, with a primary focus on New Mexico’s children.

The Civil Rights Division investigates complaints and brings enforcement actions under state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and places of public accommodation based on age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, religion, or national origin

The Civil Rights Division works to enhance our community outreach to further educate the public about state and federal civil rights laws. This commitment includes deepening our engagement with the civil rights community and the public and gathering valuable information to assist in identifying areas for potential action. The Division also works closely with the public, state, federal, tribal, and local government agencies and civil rights and community organizations to identify potential civil rights initiatives.