Million March Against Child Abuse Held to Raise Awareness About Child Abuse
SANTA FE – Today, Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Cabinet Secretary Yolanda Deines participated in the “Million March Against Child Abuse (MACA)” event in Santa Fe. Over 200 participants walked from the State Capitol to the First District Courthouse to raise awareness about child abuse. The event was held in relation to child abuse prevention month and is being held in over 200 cities in all 50 states.
“It is amazing to see so many people come together to raise awareness about something that affects thousands of New Mexico Children,” said CYFD Protective Services Santa Fe County Office Manager Matt Esquibel.
Over 100 participants wore white t-shirts with children's handprints that represented children in the foster care system and those who are abused each year. The shirts were made at the CYFD Santa Fe County Protective Services Division office with the help of current foster kids, CYFD staff and their children.
Today’s event was the first “Million March Against Child Abuse” event to be held in Santa Fe. Other child abuse awareness events will continue to take place throughout New Mexico for the remainder of April in honor of “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”
“Child abuse is an issue that affects many throughout our entire state,” said CYFD Secretary Yolanda Deines. “Every person has a duty to report to CYFD or law enforcement any suspicion that a child is being abused.”
Child abuse reports have gone up in New Mexico over the last few years. Much of this increase can be attributed to more New Mexican’s utilizing CYFD’s #SAFE (#7233) phone number, which people can call from their cell phone, and also the 1-855-333-SAFE number which can be utilized from a land line.
Today’s event was hosted by the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) – Santa Fe County Protective Services Division, the 1st Judicial District CASA Program, the Solace Treatment Center and the First Born Program of Santa Fe.