Leger Fernández participates in a training session on human trafficking

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Congresswoman Theresa Leger Fernández joined law enforcement and others in a training session on identifying signs of human trafficking.

The first-term Democratic representative said her office was able to secure a grant to host the sessions, conducted by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in New Mexico this week. There was a session in Santa Fe on Tuesday and there will be one in Albuquerque on Thursday. About 70 police officers from several agencies and other professionals, such as teachers, who could benefit from the training were expected.

“We invited law enforcement agencies that aren’t in my district, like Albuquerque,” she said. “It is important for the state.

New Mexico is particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, she said. The New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force and the Attorney General’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit identified more than 100 trafficking cases in 2020, according to a press release from his office.

“Because of our large tribal population, we have a very serious problem with missing and murdered indigenous women,” said Leger Fernández. “And we know that in New Mexico there are many vulnerable populations. So I think it’s important that our law enforcement, social services and educators be aware of the signs.

ALLEGED CENSORSHIP: Rep. Yvette Herrell, RN.M., is leading an effort to find out if White House employees have attempted to censor “climate-related information.”

Herrell and Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, sent a letter Tuesday to Gina McCarthy, the White House’s national climate adviser. In the letter, lawmakers reference an interview McCarthy gave last month in which she said tech companies needed to stop certain people from repeating “misinformation” about climate issues.

“This appears to be an effort to silence those who criticize the administration’s unpopular Green New Deal-style policies,” they wrote.

They asked that the requested documents be turned over to Republicans on the Oversight and Reform Committee.

ENERGY AND INFLATION: Sen. Martin Heinrich, DN.M., said the Cut Inflation Act being considered in Congress has some major climate initiatives he has long called for.

Heinrich appeared Wednesday at a virtual press conference with Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and climate activists to talk about the “electrification” initiatives included in the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill was unveiled by Democrats last week. It includes several measures that Heinrich says would immediately reduce some costs for households.

These include $9 billion in energy rebate programs; tax credits to make homes more energy efficient by allowing families to be partially reimbursed for solar panels, electric water heaters and other more efficient and clean technologies. There’s also money set aside to give people a $4,000 tax credit for buying a fuel-efficient used vehicle and a $7,500 rebate for buying a new vehicle.

“Electrical technologies are the tools that will enable us to solve this climate crisis,” Heinrich said.

The 725-page bill also contains numerous other proposals and has estimated revenues of $739 billion, largely from the imposition of a 15% minimum corporate tax, and $433 billion of investments.


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