Under the leadership of Attorney General Raúl Torrez, the New Mexico Department of Justice established the new Civil Rights Division. The Division is committed to vigorously enforcing federal and state civil rights laws. The Division proactively identifies civil rights violations to be remedied by the State’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer. We also work closely with the public, state, federal, tribal, and local government agencies and civil rights and community organizations to identify potential civil rights initiatives.
Our actions address a broad array of civil rights issues, including, but not limited to:
To enforce civil rights issues in New Mexico, the Attorney General also prepares and files briefs (amicus curiae briefs) on behalf of New Mexico and on behalf of other states in cases brought by third parties in which significant civil rights issues will be resolved.
The Civil Rights Division also wants to continue enhancing 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 pinpointing areas for potential actions.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws prohibit specific types of job discrimination in certain workplaces. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has two agencies that deal with EEO monitoring and enforcement: the Civil Rights Center and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
Enacted on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stands as a landmark in civil rights legislation, drawing inspiration from the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It ensures that people with disabilities have equal opportunities to enjoy employment, access goods and services, telecommunications, and participate in state and local government programs. The ADA mandates reasonable accommodations in workplaces, accessibility in public spaces, and non-discrimination in government services and transportation. Its enactment significantly improved societal participation for people with disabilities. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 expanded the definition of disability, enhancing its scope and effectiveness.