The Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice will collaborate with UNM’s Health Sciences Center (HSC) and community partners to prepare and mobilize lawyers, in partnership with other professionals, to pursue justice and racial equity toward achieving health and well-being for New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families. Strategies to meet this goal include:
1. Develop a pipeline of students from historically underserved communities by sharing information about pathways to law school and legal careers;
2. Create a Child and Family Justice Initiative (CFJI) Advocates program for diverse law students in each incoming class to receive social justice training and commit to serving New Mexico’s at-risk children and families after graduation
3. Create a CFJI Fellowship program for graduated law students to work in nonprofit organizations and engage in transformative advocacy to address racial inequities and social determinants of health and well-being for vulnerable children and families; and
4. Support non-legal professionals by providing trainings on how to address social determinants of health and well-being and to collaborate with attorneys in their work.