In 2017, we launched Justice New Mexico, exploring crime and justice issues facing our state. We emphasize a mix of spot news, data reporting, profiles and in-depth multimedia features.
We’d like to thank our partners at the Asian-American Journalists Association and their CJ Project team for helping initiate and support this effort.
By Marjorie Childress / New Mexico In Depth / When New Mexico In Depth created a fellowship for journalism students of color at University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University, we had high hopes for impactful, community-based stories. We haven’t been disappointed. Here are just a few of the stories created by Melorie […]
By Kevin Maestas and Andrew Lucero / NM News Port / During the school year at the University of New Mexico, the Refugee Well-Being Project holds “learning circles” at the University Heights United Methodist Church in Albuquerque. There students and refugee families meet twice a week to enjoy each other’s company and find ways to […]
By Nichole Harwood and Dani Prokop / NM News Port / Albuquerque’s newly elected mayor Tim Keller took the oath of office Dec. 1st, inheriting a police reform process that has dogged city leaders since 2014. Among Keller’s first acts was naming a new interim chief of the Albuquerque Police Department to replace Gordon Eden. […]
By Isaac De Luna and Victor Santos / NM News Port / If you speak to Sayuri, you would likely say she’s a regular New Mexican high schooler with aspirations to do great things in life. But you’d also learn she and her family are struggling through a scary experience. Sayuri’s dad is facing possible deportation […]
By Danielle Prokop with Celia Raney / NM News Port / SUNLAND PARK, N.M. — After waiting behind caution tape and waving through a fence for more than an hour, families from the U.S. and Mexico finally got what they were waiting for — three minutes with their families through the steel rods of the […]
By Justina Grant and Cayla Montoya-Manzo / NM News Port / “If we’re able to change a life, just one life, it makes it worth it,” said Sebastian Martinez, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico. Martinez announced a new program that aims to pair young people with mentors […]
By Jazzmin Zama, Katherine Whiting and Sarah Ihlefeld / NM News Port / Spending your childhood in foster care is no easy feat, neither is aging out of it. According to the National Foster Youth Institute more than 23,000 children will age out of the U.S. foster care system every year upon reaching the age […]
By Angela Shen and Alissiea Hernandez / NM News Port / Between teaching a law school class and conducting pre-trial interviews, Heather LeBlanc finds some time to pump breast milk. “I try to block off time, because what’s important to me is I have two kids that go to daycare and one who just started […]
Justina Grant and Cayla Montoya-Manzo / NM News Port Child poverty affects New Mexico more than any other state. While the share of children living in poverty in the U.S. decreased one percent from 2015 to 2016, New Mexico experienced a one percent increase from 2016 to 2017, putting the state’s child poverty at 30 […]
By Angela Shen and Alissiea Hernandez/ NM News Port When non-English speakers find themselves in the court system, they should, according to due process, have the right to a court-certified interpreter. In New Mexico, that’s not always the case. According to Naomi Todd-Reyes, a court-certified Spanish interpreter, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is […]
By Haneen Khatib and Naydeen Dajani / NM News Port With the holidays come more packages delivered to house doors, but New Mexicans may also expect more of those packages to be stolen. Package theft is a growing problem as more people increasingly rely on the convenience of online shopping and direct home deliveries. New […]
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles on DACA recipients, published in partnership with the Daily Lobo. By Amy Byres / NM News Port When she was just 2-years-old, Daniela Fry immigrated to the United States from Mexico with her mother. And her life changed dramatically when former President Barack […]