July 12, 2019 – We hear a lot about drug trafficking in New Mexico, but not as much about sex trafficking. Sex and human trafficking are global problems, and our state is not immune. Street Safe New Mexico, a local group helping women living on the streets, says sex trafficking is rampant, especially in Albuquerque. The recent federal charges against billionaire financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – whose Zorro Ranch in Santa Fe County has been mentioned by accusers as a site of suspected sex trafficking – has turned a spotlight on the problem. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss ways to address this crime.
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Stephanie Maez, ProgressNow New Mexico
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management
May 10, 2019 – The accommodation of asylum seekers as they work their way through the immigration process was bolstered this week with an Albuquerque City Council vote to allocate $250,000 for humanitarian support in their transition through the city. But some are wondering how it is Albuquerque can come up with this kind of money so quickly with so many homeless people on its streets desperate for services and support as well. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists debate the proposal, which passed by a 6 to 3 vote.
Line Panelists: Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm, Inc.