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March 13, 2023

The Trouble with TANF

Congratulations to NM Center on Law and Poverty and its partners, NMCAN and Crossroads for Women, for their impactful campaign about how the state’s burdensome rules for TANF affect families who need financial assistance. John Oliver featured the TANF program (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and clips from the Center’s TANF campaign on his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Check out the Center’s 15-minute video:

In “The Trouble with TANF” video, five mothers speak about their experiences with the TANF program in New Mexico, exposing the barriers that families face to get assistance during financial hardship. Parents advocate for their priorities and key policy solutions to modernize TANF, in collaboration with the New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks (NMCAN)Crossroads for Women and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. NMCLP produced the video with videographer Michael Lorenzo Lopez.

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