Street Safe New Mexico is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit that follows a harm-reduction philosophy by striving to reduce the harmful consequences associated with life on the street. Most of the women we serve have been victims of human sex-trafficking, while others have struggled with homelessness and addiction.
That is who we are on paper.
But at our core, Street Safe is something of a “guerilla” nonprofit. We don’t sit around and talk about how to best advocate for street women, wringing our hands and measuring our words. We take action.
We got tired of seeing street woman we’ve known for years be raped and killed, so we made nonlethal hand-to-hand combat weapons for them. We’ve handed out thousands for free.
We got sick of the nameless men who get away with these crimes. So we created a list of the attackers that we hand out every week to the women. This “act first“ policy makes us a ragtag bunch of volunteers.
We are not slick. We are not poised. We do not know how to practice politics. We don’t sit around an office - mainly because we don’t have one - and look over spreadsheets and plan fundraising events.
We prefer to be where we make a difference - on the street. Talking and laughing with the women we serve. Helping them stay alive.
This is how we advocate. Hard.