ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The governor is pushing two key initiatives Wednesday to support CYFD workers. The first bill would enact stiffer penalties for those who assault case workers who are investigating child abuse.
Under current law, if someone attacks a CYFD employee, it does not rise to the same level as someone who attacks a paramedic, a school employee or sports officials like a ref or umpire.
Governor Martinez says these employees have one of the toughest jobs and it’s important to protect them. The governor is also pushing a student loan repayment program for case workers who stay with CYFD for a minimum five years. The goal is to attract young CYFD workers and retain current employees.