CYFD deputy secretary steps down

Terry Locke, deputy secretary of CYFD, has announced his retirement, the latest in a string of departures from the agency responsible for the well-being of the state’s most vulnerable children.

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New accusations in Farmington foster care abuse case

Suit says CYFD knew of abuse at Farmington foster home, failed to protect kids

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Blalock steps down

CYFD Cabinet secretary Brian Blalock replaced by former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice amid growing transparency concerns

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Questions of fairness

CYFD employees say they were sidelined or fired for voicing concerns about a ‘sacred cow’ software contract.

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Firing Back

High-level officials accuse the CYFD of retaliation against complaints about Signal and other concerns.

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Seeking shelter

After suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, this New Mexico town on the edge of Navajo Nation is reaching a breaking point as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire.

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Records without a trace

Records show CYFD destroyed communications on COVID response, other official documents. Employees who complained were fired.

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Agency underground

In the state department charged with child welfare, leadership and staff avoid a paper trail with encrypted messaging.

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Fields of green

COVID is pushing thousands of Chinese immigrant workers into the marijuana business—sometimes leading to exploitation and labor trafficking

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Chaos and cannabis

A massive hemp empire is accused of growing illegal marijuana and sowing violence on the Navajo Nation

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