The Seventh Judicial District is, in square miles (20,000) the largest district in the United States.The district is composed of Socorro, Sierra, Torrance, and northern Catron counties. All counties served are considered rural communities with a combined population of over 49,000. SierraCounty's population specifically is 13,000, with 20.1% under the age of 18. SierraCounty is considered to have one of the highest poverty levels in the United States.
The local Children, Youth and Families Departments refer cases to RGVCASA in each county and our judges have begun to request a CASA on cases prior to the 10 day hearings. The Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinators examine all cases, as well as create, maintain & monitor files and volunteers for each case in each county.
There is an established office in Truth or Consequences, (SierraCounty) which also serves as the headquarters for the RGVCASA organization. It is staffed full time with a paid Executive Director.There are also established office and Volunteer Coordinator in TorranceCounty and Socorro County.
RGVCASA has been successful in maintaining a professional, pro-active presence in all 3 Ĺ counties. Additional successes include strong collaboration between service organizations in each county, continued public education, recruitment, training, and assigning of cases in each county to appropriate volunteers. Our most recent success has been in the creation of an umbrella organization, Casa de Paz. Through this organization we are providing safe, supervised visitation between respondents and child victims in addition to hands-on parenting coaching.