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Searchlight New Mexico is a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting and innovative data journalism.

In a landscape of shrinking media resources, our mission is to focus high-impact journalism on topics of local, regional and national interest in order to allow the public to see into the remote recesses of government and to expose abuses of power.

We believe great reporting empowers people to demand honest, effective public policy and to seek appropriate remedies.

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Recent stories from Searchlight

OCTOBER 15, 2019  |  By Ike Swetlitz

Jamari Nelson's mother pulled him out of his first-grade class at a public school in Albuquerque after he was screened in a "threat-assessment." Nelson, who is diagnosed with autism, is one of many children in special education swept up into a system originally intended to identify those who might commit mass-violence. 

AUGUST 27, 2019  |  By April Reese

Multiple studies support the notion that exposure to nature can be beneficial for the mental and physical well being of youth. The Outdoor Equity Fund - first of its kind in the nation - aims to introduce troubled New Mexico youth to the great outdoors by funding outings through programs like Families and Youth Incorporated. 

AUGUST 20, 2019  |  By Nick Pachelli

A chill in the air 

The problem of teen suicide

In 2017, Aurra Gardner was among 46 New Mexican youths between 10 and 19 who ended their own lives, and one of 16 who did so with a firearm. New Mexico has the fifth highest youth suicide rate in the country — approximately 16 per 100,000 residents, double the national average.

JUNE 11, 2019  |  By Ed Williams

In New Mexico, reports of child abuse or neglect are routinely referred to law enforcement, regardless of whether CYFD believes the allegation to be true or false.

With no system in place to track and prosecute malicious calls, those who make such reports rarely face any consequence. But their action comes with a price.

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