City Council President Cynthia D. Borrego and AMAFCA Commemorate Children Lost to Violence

Council President Cynthia D. Borrego and AMAFCA Board of Directors’ Chair Bruce Thomson, and AMAFCA Executive Engineer Jerry Lovato dedicate ‘Aqua de los Niños’ Memorial to Children lost to violence

April 26, 2021 

Today, Albuquerque Metropolitan Area Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and Albuquerque City Council President Cynthia D. Borrego dedicated Aqua de los Niños Memorial, meaning the ‘Tears of the Children’, to our City and State’s children lost to violence.  They were joined by Lieutenant Nicholas Sanders, a leader in APD’s Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU). Guardians of the Children organization representatives were also present, whose mission may be summarized as child abuse education, advocacy, and service provision to families and young people in crisis (http://www.guardiansofthechildren.com/) and protection.

“Children’s safety and welfare will always be priority for me,” said Council President Borrego. “Agua de los Niños represents a small piece of State legislators, APD’s, and my own efforts toward honoring, protecting, and improving the welfare of Albuquerque and New Mexico’s young people.”

Aqua de los Niños Memorial

Council President Borrego worked with APD’s CACU to identify areas where improvements to children’s criminal law can be tightened.  Recommendations are described in Memorial 19-6 Reaffirming the City of Albuquerque’s Commitment to The Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and Urging The New Mexico Legislature to Strengthen State Laws Pertaining to Violence Against Children (Borrego), approved by Albuquerque City Council in 2019. The memorial was carried forward by Senator Linda Lopez and Representative Joy Garratt in SB0196 and SJR11 at the 2021 State Legislature.  Neither bill was approved this past Legislative session. 

Additionally, Council President Borrego determinedly gathered funding contributions from all 9 Albuquerque City Councilors towards the purchase of updates to computers and software for APD’s CACU at a total cost of $14,068 or $1,563.15 per Council.  As the current District 2 AMAFCA Board Member and former AMAFCA Board Chair, Council President Borrego requested and received the agency’s support for Aqua de los Niños children’s memorialAMAFCA sponsored and located Agua de los Niños on AMAFCA land at Unser and Rainbow at Boca Negra Dam.

“AMAFCA is pleased to participate in remembering the unfortunate children of New Mexico who have suffered from neglect and violence by dedicating this monument to them.  It’s location overlooking the Rio Grande valley and Sandia Mountains offers those visiting this monument a peaceful site to reflect on the importance of our children to our community,” stated AMAFCA Board of Director’s Chair Bruce Thomson

The monument plaque reads:

In memory of the lost innocents

Their absence is a silent grief

Their young lives a beautiful memory

The Aqua de los Niños plaque is mounted on a large basalt boulder located next to a City of Albuquerque multi-use trail on the Boca Negro Dam overlooking the City of Albuquerque. AMAFCA and Council President Borrego hope the Memorial encourages community healing in honor of the children lost to violence in Albuquerque and New Mexico.