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Documentary featuring NMSU experts wins 2016 Rocky Mountain EmmyThe documentary features NMSU experts Esther Devall and Shelly Bucher.

  • By Adriana M. Chavez
  • 575-646-1957
  • Oct 19, 2016

A documentary that focuses on child abuse and neglect in New Mexico and features two experts from New Mexico State University recently won a 2016 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award.

“Everyone’s Business: Protecting Our Children,” which was produced by Chris Schueler and Christopher Productions, won the award for Best Public/Current/Community Affairs –Program Special. The documentary features Esther Devall, head of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; and Shelly Bucher, who heads the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at NMSU.

“It’s a tribute not only to everyone involved in these productions, but to the work being done in New Mexico regarding these issues,” Schueler said. “’Everyone’s Business: Protecting Our Children’ informed viewers and readers about the issue of child maltreatment, the latest research on its effects on children and society, what is currently effective to prevent it and specifically what each member of the public can do to help.”

The Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at NMSU provided training to more than 300 child protection professionals over the past two years in forensic interviewing, crime scene investigation, child abuse investigation, prosecution and litigation, domestic violence and nurturing parenting.

“It’s time to pull together as a community to actively combat child abuse and neglect and have a community effort that has this as a priority every day,” Bucher said.

NMSU offers CAST 301V, a Viewing a Wider World course that introduces students to the issue of child maltreatment and provides a historical review and evolution of child welfare policies, initiatives and factors that influence child welfare service. Child welfare policies and services specific to the state of New Mexico are infused throughout the course. There’s also a Child Advocacy Studies interdisciplinary minor coordinated by NMSU’s Family and Consumer Sciences Department that provides students in family and child science, social work, public health, nursing, criminal justice, psychology, education, cooperative extension and other disciplines with evidence-based, culturally relevant knowledge and skills to improve the outcomes for maltreated children in New Mexico or other parts of the country.

“Many people don’t recognize child maltreatment when it happens, and don’t know how to report it if they do,” Devall said. “By offering the CAST minor, NMSU is a leader in preparing students in recognizing, reporting and preventing child abuse and neglect. By providing training through the Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center to professionals who work with children, NMSU is also a leader in making sure that cases of child maltreatment are handled properly and don’t fall through the cracks.”

The 30-minute documentary is available on YouTube at