- Continuing Legal Education
- Legislative Action
Share New Mexico ShareNM customizable statewide website, which consolidates public and private sector information about a wide range of issues which impact the quality of life of New Mexicans. It has over 300 pages of resources on how and where to get assistance. From WIC to SNAP to assistance with your energy bill.
Legal Information, Courts, and Detention Centers
Know Your Rights - Understanding your legal rights is the first step in being able to defend them. The national ACLU has assembled an online guide to help you know what your rights are in a variety of different settings and situations including: Law enforcement encounters, disability rights, free speech, HIV and workplace rights, immigrants’ rights, juvenile justice, LGBT rights, religious rights, reproductive freedom, women’s rights, privacy and technology, prisoners’ rights and your rights in the national security apparatus.
Alternative Sentencing Courts
Family Dependency Court for cases of child abuse or neglect in which parental substance abuse is a contributing factor.
Juvenile Drug Court To rehabilitate youth with substance abuse issues through treatment, support and supervision.
Problem Solving Courts New Mexico Problem-Solving Courts use the collaborative treatment-based Drug Court model to work with repeat offenders whose criminal activity is driven by underlying substance abuse or mental illness. As alternatives to incarceration, these programs focus on the successful rehabilitation of participants through early, continuous, and intense judicial oversight, treatment, mandatory periodic drug testing, and use of appropriate sanctions, incentives, and other community-based rehabilitation services.
New Mexico Legislature
NM State Bar Resources
Free Arbitration The State Bar of New Mexico Fee Arbitration program provides clients and attorneys with an out-of-court method of resolving fee disputes that is expeditious, confidential, inexpensive, and impartial. This voluntary program can help avoid difficult, lengthy, and often expensive lawsuits. Arbitration can be requested by either the client or attorney. The State Bar offers this fee arbitration program as a free service to the public and to the attorney.
Probono.net Currently the Bridge to Justice Referral Program receives over 10,000 calls annually requesting referrals to attorneys. The referral program assists in finding appropriate attorneys for participants. The participant is charged a $30 fee and receives an up-to 30-minute consultation with a referral panel attorney. The fee goes to support the program. Area of law:Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Prisoners, Public Benefits, Taxes, Veterans
Client Protection Fund The purpose of the Client Protection Fund is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice and the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice law in the courts of New Mexico.
Public Defender Offices
Homeless Programs and Sobriety Housing
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless To provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions.
Albuquerque Rescue Mission (Recently became SteelBridge). SteelBridge is a faith based organization that includes residential recovery programs for men and women, homeless shelters for men as well as for women and children. The New Life Recovery Program provides One-on-one and group counseling sessions with counselors, addiction recovery and family restoration curricula. The Learning Center offers one-on-one tutoring and remedial education and GED preparation, computer skills training, vocational training and job preparation, participation in the daily tasks of running Steelbridge facility and programs, which teach responsibility, accountability, and joy of giving back.
Delanecy Street Foundation is the country's leading residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom. Started in 1971 with 4 people in a San Francisco apartment, Delancey Street has served many thousands of residents, in 5 locations throughout the United States.
New Mexico Rehabilitation Center offers a wide range of rehabilitation services, including physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, social services, psychological services and a chemical dependency program.
NM Coalition to End Homelessness The Coalition carries out is mission through advocacy, trainings, and coordinated grant-writing and fundraising. We also maintain a database that tracks progress in ending homelessness, and we operate a new coordinated assessment system that helps people experiencing homelessness quickly connect to housing.
NM Eviction Prevention Services New Mexico uses grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to help families facing eviction. While the types of resources offered will vary by town and county, it can include emergency one time rent help, legal aid, and counseling. The currently homeless in New Mexico may also benefit from government programs, including transitional housing and assistance with paying the security deposit on a new home or residence.
Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home.
Villa De Esperanza is an alcohol rehab center focusing on substance abuse treatment services. Providing substance abuse treatment with outpatient care and residential short-term treatment. No special groups or programs are supported for drug treatment.
Enlace Comunitario is a social justice organization led by Latina immigrants whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community and promote healthy families in Central New Mexico through: comprehensive domestic violence intervention services in Spanish, preventative community education, policy advocacy and leadership development.
New Mexico Immigrant Law Center The NMILC provides free and low-cost immigration information and legal assistance to low-income families. The agency helps immigrants keep their families together, gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, attain permanent residency and work authorization and become U.S. citizens. The NMILC builds stable families and increases opportunities for economic security, allowing New Mexico’s immigrants to contribute to their communities for generations to come.
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) LEAD is a public safety program in which law enforcement officers redirect persons involved in non-violent low level crimes, such as shoplifting, minor theft, and/or possession, to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution. LEAD participants begin working immediately with case managers to access harm reduction, treatment, and/or social services.
Low Income Services
Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico is a 501(c) 3 organization that provides social, legal, and economic assistance to people in need regardless of faith, belief, ethnicity or cultural background.
Law Access provides statewide legal services to New Mexico households with income of 200 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines.
New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is dedicated to advancing economic and social justice through education, advocacy and litigation. We work with low-income New Mexicans to improve living conditions, increase opportunities and protect the rights of people living in povert
Central New Mexico Community College CNMCC provide a variety of services for returning citizens including halfway housing, recovery programs, educational opportunities, tattoo removal, and therapy.
Wings for L.I.F.E.—Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education is an organization dedicated to helping family members and care givers of returning citizens and at-risk youth by providing education, training and support.
Senior Citizens Law Office SCLO provides free legal services to residents of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties who are 60 years of age or older.
Legal Resources for the Elderly LREP is a free, statewide legal helpline and referral service for New Mexico residents age 55 and older.
Women and Girls
Crossroads for Women Crossroads for Women is not just counseling, not just rehabilitation, not just housing, and not just support, but a combined and individualized program to help women and their families break that cycle.
Maya’s Place is a structured nine to twelve month program at a fifteen bed multi-lease apartment living site for women upon release from incarceration. Women participate in on-site therapeutic programming addressing substance addictions and mental illness, as well as, life skills education, group therapy, parenting, vocational training, holistic health services and community activities.
My Destiny N.M. is an organization designed to help women who are leaving prison. A transitional home will be opening on March 3rd. The goal is to help woman build a community of support and a sense of self-worth. It also provides life skills training.
New Mexico Women's Justice Project Improving the lives of women and girls in the criminal and juvenile justice systems by addressing the underlying issues of poverty, addiction, trauma and abuse that often lead to incarceration.
Southwest Women’s Law Center is a nonprofit policy and advocacy law center that focuses on advancing opportunities for women and girls in New Mexico by eliminating gender bias and discrimination, and lifting women and their families out of poverty by ensuring: access to quality affordable healthcare; access to equal pay; access to economic security for survivors of domestic violence; equal access to sports programs for middle and high school girls; and access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and information.
Youth and Family
Advocacy Inc. is a non-profit agency protecting and promoting the interests of at-risk children and youth in New Mexico by providing low or no cost legal advocacy and support services.
Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families Esperanza inspires our community to engage in a collective and comprehensive commitment to eradicate violence by offering: Crisis Intervention, Emergency Shelter, Counseling, On Call Advocacy Program, Life Skills Education, Court Advocacy, Community Outreach and Education, and Coordinated Community Response Council.
Justice for Families J4F works to change the power dynamic at each of the critical decision-making points along the school-to-prison pipeline. Together, by acting on behalf of all families, we will redirect the pipeline toward opportunity for all youth.
Pegasus Legal Services for Children is a private, non-profit agency that serves the civil legal needs of New Mexico’s vulnerable children and youth. Pegasus promotes and defends the rights of children and youth to safe and stable homes, quality education and healthcare, and a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
The RFK National Resource Center focuses primarily on youth with prior or current involvement in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems
Youth Shelters & Family Services Youth Shelters and Family Services delivers life-changing services to homeless, runaway, and in-crisis youth in northern New Mexico by providing shelter and addressing health, safety, education, and workforce opportunities so they may lead independent and meaningful lives.