Southwest Crimes Against Children Conference set for next week

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Crimes against Children impact all of our communities. Too often, the predators are the people who know those children best.

The victims are the focus of a 2-day conference next week that is intended to build a safer community for all of us.

“In the end, that’s what I’m trying to do – I’m trying to help the kids,” Romo said.

The first annual Southwest Crimes Against Children Conference is set for Aug. 23-24 at Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel. It’s a passion project for 13th Judicial District Attorney Barbara Romo, who says these types of cases are really tough – both to investigate and prosecute.

Law enforcement, prosecutors, and child advocates from across the state are expected to share tools and knowledge with a focus on finding justice.

“It’s not only to get the offender from A to B to C, to prison or whatever, it’s also to help those along the way that need the help,” Romo said.

Cases, victims, and even potential predators can get pushed aside – without the right approach and resources.

“There’s a challenge to getting across the finish line,” Romo said. “There’s also a challenge getting to the starting line.”

The goal is to give every community in the state the tools and resources to make a difference.

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