FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2009 - National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the friends and families of Ty Toribio. We have all been touched by this murder and we acknowledge that the pain of this event is resonating for all Albuquerque communities. Alianza would also like to remind local, state and national communities that this tragedy might have been avoided if the victim’s mother had accessed appropriate services. We need to ask ourselves where were we when she and baby Ty needed the help.
Agnes Maldonado, Executive Director of Alianza, the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, believes this case is an example of a larger epidemic of neglect and of abuse waged against innocent children: “In the midst of our grief, sadness, and anger, there is often a desire to place blame. We must remember, however, that Tiffany Toribio was clearly in pain when she said she killed her son so he wouldn’t grow up the way she had. Instead of asking what Ms. Toribio could have done differently, or what women can do to protect themselves, we need to be asking what we can do differently for families, parents and children in distress.
New Mexico has created a complex system of laws and services to respond to these violent people and the victims of their violence, but it is still only a Band-Aid. We need to address the root causes of this violence, this war, against women and children.
Maldonado emphasizes that Alianza offers valuable resources to support families, children and communities in crisis, especially during the current economic recession. Its programs are geared to support and help strengthen institutions that serve individual victims of domestic violence, including shelters, non-profit organizations.
Alianza’s programs, geared to the unique needs of Latino families and communities, are national in scope. Its offices are in Albuquerque, NM.