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The Hurt Brothers

James and David Hurt of Antelope Wells talk about life on the ranch.

Video by Adria Malcolm for Searchlight New Mexico.

This is Home

Kate Green

Seven-year-old Kate Green describes her life in Mosquero.

Video by Don Usner for Searchlight New Mexico.

Heaven Chacon

Special Education

Special Education

Mona Mojica

Searchlight New Mexico | 01:27

Mona Mojica adopted her daughter, Heaven, who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a small child at the hands of her birth mother. As a result, Heaven has learning difficulties and trouble with some physical activity and is eligible for special educational benefits at school. However, she hasn’t always received the treatment that she is entitled to, Mona claims. When Mona spoke up, they got a home visit from CYFD.

camera-operator
Don J. Usner

executive-producer
Sara Solovitch

editor
Christian Marquez

Mona Mojica

Searchlight New Mexico | 01:27

Mona Mojica adopted her daughter, Heaven, who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a small child at the hands of her birth mother. As a result, Heaven has learning difficulties and trouble with some physical activity and is eligible for special educational benefits at school. However, she hasn’t always received the treatment that she is entitled to, Mona claims. When Mona spoke up, they got a home visit from CYFD.

camera-operator
Don J. Usner

executive-producer
Sara Solovitch

editor
Christian Marquez

Mary Catalan

Searchlight New Mexico | 02:39

Mary Catalan’s son, Mateo, was bounced from one elementary school to another, seven in total, before he reached middle school. When he reached middle school, he began having more issues in the classroom. When Mateo’s teacher prevented him from going on group outings, his mother filed a complaint with the New Mexico Public Education Department. A few days later, CYFD came knocking.

executive-producer
Sara Solovitch

assistant-camera
Anthony Jackson

editor
Christian Marquez

Mary Catalan

Searchlight New Mexico | 02:39

Mary Catalan’s son, Mateo, was bounced from one elementary school to another, seven in total, before he reached middle school. When he reached middle school, he began having more issues in the classroom. When Mateo’s teacher prevented him from going on group outings, his mother filed a complaint with the New Mexico Public Education Department. A few days later, CYFD came knocking.

executive-producer
Sara Solovitch

assistant-camera
Anthony Jackson

editor
Christian Marquez

Agatha Cooper

Searchlight New Mexico | 02:20

Agatha Cooper’s son, Jamari, has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He struggles with a lot of the same things that other kids with ASD do, and his triggers, like physical contact, if left unaddressed can lead him to “meltdown” as his mother put it. After one of these incidents, the school accused the 7 year-old of smoking cannabis. Then the police and CYFD got involved.

executive-producer
Sara Solovitch

assistant-camera
Anthony Jackson

editor
Christian Marquez

Agatha Cooper

Searchlight New Mexico | 02:20

Agatha Cooper’s son, Jamari, has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He struggles with a lot of the same things that other kids with ASD do, and his triggers, like physical contact, if left unaddressed can lead him to “meltdown” as his mother put it. After one of these incidents, the school accused the 7 year-old of smoking cannabis. Then the police and CYFD got involved.

executive-producer
Sara Solovitch

assistant-camera
Anthony Jackson

editor
Christian Marquez

Socorro

Socorro High: Mackenzy Romero

Searchlight New Mexico | 04:33

Mackenzy Romero is a junior at Socorro High School. After she graduates in 2020, she intends to study pre-med at the University of New Mexico.

Socorro

Socorro High: Carmen Apodaca

Searchlight New Mexico | 04:34

Carmen Apodaca is a high-achieving Junior at Socorro High School. Carmen will be graduating a year earlier than the rest of her class, because she has spent her free time taking dual credit courses through New Mexico Tech.

Socorro High: Daven Moore

Searchlight New Mexico | 02:53

Daven Moore is the class president of the class of 2020 at Socorro High School. He is a dedicated student who aspires to go to the University of New Mexico.