Confidentiality is arguably one of the most important, yet challenging aspects of domestic violence work. Differences in confidentiality requirements, as well as how they are understood, strain important relationships between domestic violence advocates and police, prosecutors, protective services workers and others.

To tackle these issues NMCADV is sponsoring a statewide Confidentiality Task Force with the following goals:

  • to clarify the respective rights and responsibilities of the above professional disciplines under federal and state law;
  • to share examples of how those may conflict;
  • to identify best practices where appropriate; and ultimately
  • to produce a document that educates, explains and offers guidance going forward.

Task Force Members:

  • Annamarie Luna – Program Deputy Director, CYFD Protective Services
  • Anthony Montano – Commander, APD Criminal Investigations Division
  • Betsy Musselman – Peacekeepers Civil Legal Attorney
  • Carma Tucson – Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
  • Chasity Garcia – Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women
  • Edna Sprague – District Attorney, 2nd Judicial District
  • Ellen Genne – NM CASA Coordinator
  • Eric Threlkeld – Eddy County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hank Hughes – NM Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Henry Valdez – Director, Administrative Office of the District Attorney
  • Jared Rounsville – Protective Services Director, CYFD
  • Jeanette Baca – Esperanza Shelter, Santa Fe
  • Jessica Cooper – Roberta’s Place, Grants
  • John Romero – 2nd Judicial District Family Court Judge
  • Kacee Thatcher – Las Cruces Police Department
  • Kathy Guimond – UNM Police Chief
  • Kristin Carmichael – DV Specialist, Christus St Vincent Hospital
  • Laura Bassein – Senior Attorney, NM Judicial Education Center
  • Liz Luevano – Enlace Communitario
  • Lt. Joy Mullins – Luna County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marie Ward – Family Court Hearing Officer, 2nd Judicial District
  • MaryEllen Garcia – CVRC
  • Pamelya Herndon – Executive Director, Southwest Women’s Law Center
  • Patricia Galindo – DV, Sexual Assault and Guardianship Attorney, Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Patricia Melendez – Shelter Manager, Roswell Refuge
  • Capt. Quintin McShan – NM State Police
  • Rachel Cox – Clinical Director, Community Against Violence-Taos
  • Rosemary Cosgrove-Aguilar – Judge, Bernalillo County Metro Court
  • Shauna Fujimoto – DV Unit Manager, CYFD
  • Theresa Armendariz – Executive Director, La Casa Inc. – Las Cruces
  • Tony Mace – Undersheriff, Cibola County
  • Trent John – DV Unit Bureau Chief, CYFD
  • Representative from the Attorney General’s Office