The Sandoval County Commission voted last week to submit a  a letter expressing its unwavering support for a funding request by The Dream Center, an organization that works to end human trafficking in New Mexico.

The funding request is to aid victims who have suffered at the hands of predators involved in the sex trafficking of teenagers and young adults. The letter was sent to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after a 5-0 vote.

The mission of The Dream Center is to provide a strategic approach to address human trafficking in New Mexico through prevention activities, outreach to victims, services for survivors, and a support system for clients in their self-determination.

In the letter, the Sandoval County Commission urged the state of New Mexico to allocate the required funding to support The Dream Center’s mission and assist it in acquiring the former AMI Kids building in Cuba.

District 5 Commissioner Joshua Jones introduced the motion to approve the letter.

“(The Dream Center staff) came out and they presented a plan to take over the AMI kids building out in Cuba,” Jones said. “Right now they are asking for federal and state funding from the delegation and the governor right now. They have approximately up to about $4 million to be able to execute this project. And this is just a letter of support going out to the governor, just asking for support from the commission to support them and asking for funds from the governor.”

District 2 Commissioner Jay Block supported the letter and said sex trafficking issues begin at the Mexico-United States border.“I’d like to thank Commissioner Jones for pushing this because as many of you know, child sex trafficking is the highest it’s ever been on record because of what’s going on at the southern border,” Block said. “I’d also like to thank him because maybe this will help a little bit in the state of New Mexico because we’re just rated the worst in the nation at child welfare as well. And CYFD is a complete disaster. Two kids are just killed by physical abuse in CYFD under the governor’s watch, and we’ve asked the governor to focus on this, not as just Republicans but as New Mexicans. We need a special session to really look at the procedures at CYFD from top to bottom because this state is failing tremendously. I appreciate you (Jones) as a Democrat, to step up and put this forward and I hope that you would step up as well with me and ask the governor to put the guard National Guard back down on the border to stop this sex trafficking that you oppose vehemently.”

The letter from the commission stated:

“Dear Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham,
We, the commission are writing this letter to express our unwavering support for The Dream Center’s funding request to aid victims who have suffered at the hands of predators involved in the sex trafficking of teenagers and young adults. We believe that the vital work done by Shelly and Roslyn is of utmost importance, and we strongly encourage the state to allocate the necessary funding to assist them in their mission.

The Dream Center’s dedication to providing assistance and support to survivors of human trafficking is commendable. Their commitment to helping these victims rebuild their lives and regain their dignity aligns with our shared values of compassion and justice. By offering comprehensive services such as counseling, housing, medical care, education, and vocational training, The Dream Center ensures that survivors receive the necessary resources to heal and reintegrate into society.

We understand that The Dream Center has identified the former AMI Kids building in Cuba, NM, as a potential location for their operations. This facility presents an ideal opportunity to create a safe and nurturing environment for survivors to receive the care and support they need. We firmly believe that supporting The Dream Center’s request for funding to secure this building would be a significant step forward in our efforts to combat human trafficking and provide much-needed aid to its victims.

Furthermore, we would like to express our full support for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s efforts in combating human trafficking and assisting survivors. Their commitment to prioritizing the fight against this heinous crime demonstrates their leadership and dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community. By providing the necessary funding to The Dream Center, the state can reinforce its commitment to tackling human trafficking and support an organization that has proven its effectiveness in aiding survivors.

In conclusion, we wholeheartedly endorse The Dream Center’s funding request to aid victims of human trafficking. We urge the state to allocate the required funding to support their mission and assist them in acquiring the former AMI Kids building in Cuba, NM. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of survivors and contribute to
eradicating human trafficking in our state.

Thank you for your attention to this critical matter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any additional information or have any further questions. We appreciate your consideration and support for The Dream Center’s funding request.”