Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

Attorney General Hosts Annual Community Summit – “Protecting Tomorrow, Today” to Address Critical Issues Facing New Mexico’s Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2017

Contact: Matt Baca (505) 270-7148

Keynote speaker Alicia Kozakiewicz; KRQE’s Van Tate emcee

Trainings include Internet Safety; Teen Dating Violence Awareness; Opioid Abuse & Awareness; Financial Literacy; Disability Empowerment; Student Absenteeism

Albuquerque, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the 2017 Attorney General Community Summit, “Protecting Tomorrow, Today”, will focus on critical issues facing New Mexico youth. The summit will bring together experts from around New Mexico and the nation to tackle the toughest issues facing our kids today. The summit will offer free trainings to the public and breakout sessions for experts in various fields who work to make New Mexico a safer, healthier and more prosperous place. The summit will be held in Old Town at Hotel Albuquerque on Monday, June 12th.

“As a community we must do everything we can to protect and empower New Mexico’s youth, and this Summit will bring together community leaders and experts from across the nation to engage the public on the important topics of empowering our youth to find the path to success,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “Too often, the critical issues facing youth are ignored because they are difficult to talk about, or make us uncomfortable. This summit will provide a safe space to have this dialogue, which needs to continue throughout our communities, focused on giving New Mexicans the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be safe and prosper.”

This event is free to the public and some of the trainings that will be offered include: Prescription Drug Abuse; Options After High School; Keeping Children Safe at School; Innovative Education Programs for Youth; Suicide Awareness and Prevention; Cyber Safety; and Financial Literacy. Click here for a full agenda: https://sites.google.com/a/nmag.gov/protectingtomorrow-today/home

The Office of the Attorney General will also announce a partnership with Comcast to produce Internet safety digital training for New Mexicans. The digital training will be used in classrooms, and any learning environment as requested. Comcast is funding the entire project and the Office of the Attorney General will provide training content. This asset will be utilized to keep children and families safe across the state from Internet predators. This tool will allow the Office of the Attorney General to expand training and awareness and will leverage the Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children’s unit’s trainings to make them available to more New Mexicans.

The Office of the Attorney General would like to thank the following community sponsors: Nusenda Credit Union, International Protective Services, Raptor Technologies, Comcast XFINITY, Bernalillo Academy, Desert Hills New Mexico, YWCA NM Chapter, New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, Core Civic Torrance County Detention Center, and the New Mexico Auto Dealers Association.

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