PASSED: Legislation to Protect Survivors and Witnesses
Santa Fe, NM – Today, the House passed a bill sponsored by Representative Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), and Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) to protect the privacy of survivors and witnesses. Senate Bill 118 ensures transparency in public records and protects private identifying information of survivors and witnesses.
“This critical legislation will help protect survivors and witnesses of violent crimes from retribution and those who may seek harm – especially in cases of domestic abuse and sexual violence,” said Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil. “I applaud those who have stepped forward to share their stories and experiences, and hope this legislation will encourage others to come forward as well.”
“This legislation ensures that survivors and witnesses of violent crimes are afforded the same rights as their alleged offenders,” said Sen. Jacob Candelaria.
House Democrats understand that coming forward with information about a crime can be a difficult and painful task. That is why it is essential that any identifying information is properly redacted so that it is not accessible to offenders or those who may seek to harass or abuse survivors.
Senate Bill 118 now heads to the Governor’s desk.