Disability Rights New Mexico - DRNM - is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, promote and expand the rights of persons with disabilities. We are the designated protection and advocacy program for New Mexico, and as such we have authority under federal law to pursue legal, administrative and other remedies on behalf of persons with disabilities.


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Jan 28, 2020

The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) is conducting public forums to solicit input for the state plan. There are three public forums scheduled for Santa Fe, Farmington and Roswell.

All DVR participants or applicants are encouraged to attend and give feedback at the public forums.  Click here for locations, dates and times.

Nov 18, 2019

The Jackson class-action lawsuit was filed by Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) and others in 1987, to protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who were then institutionalized.  Since that time the state institutions closed, and a robust community-based system has grown.  Nonetheless, the lawsuit has remained open and active to ensure that the class members have sufficient home- and community-based services to protect their health and safety.  In the spring of 2019 the parties were able to negotiate a Settlement Agreement intended to end the lawsuit.  The judge approved and entered this Settlement Agreement (click here) as an order of the court on June 21, 2019.  DRNM and other plaintiffs’ attorneys put together a draft summary for ease of reading (click here).  The State has 18 months to comply with its remaining obligations to end the lawsuit.

Aug 1, 2019

Disability Rights New Mexico, as part of a coalition with other non-profit organizations and law firms working on economic justice and employment rights issues, has filed a lawsuit against Adelante Development Center, Inc. ("Adelante"), over Adelante's its illegal, abusive, and pervasive payment of subminimum wages to its employees with disabilities.  The lawsuit asserts that Adelante has illegally paid its workers less than New Mexico's and Albuquerque's minimum wage to hundreds of employees for many years.

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