Kelly worked with the Administration and CYFD to bring the first Child AdvocacCenter to Valencia County. The Valencia Child Advocacy joins law enforcement, CYFD, medical, mental health professionals, and advocates together under one roof to coordinate the needs of families in crisis, keeping the families united. This model, begun in Valencia County, is now being used throughout the state to open up more centers to provide services to needy families.
For rape victims in New Mexico, there has been a monumental delay in seeing rape kits processed in a timely manner. Kelly fought to include more funding for staff and equipment to reduce this backlog.
Formerly the system was only activated if the suspected abductor was not a relative, putting hundreds of children at risk when estranged family members could cause harm to themselves and the child as well. Representative Fajardo’s bill expanded the reasons an Amber Alert could be issued to ensure that our children were protected when the abductor is a non-custodial family member.
For 3 years, Representative Fajardo has fought to protect children from sexual predators. Due to a legal loophole, an individual can send lewd photos of themselves to a child with no criminal penalties. Due to an actual case in New Mexico, a predator was able to escape prosecution due to this loophole. Representative Fajardo has fought to overhaul this law so no child can be subjected to this mistreatment.