PREA Victim Advocate

RCCCNM is working to provide rape crisis advocacy to incarcerated victims and survivors.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law passed in 2003 that was designed to eliminate rape in detention. The law applies to every jail, prison, police lockup, juvenile facility, and community confinement facility in the country. It stipulates that every detention facility have a zero tolerance policy toward sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. It also mandates many best practices to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Jails and prisons in New Mexico have been working diligently to implement these mandated practices.

One of these practices is to involve rape crisis advocates in cases of sexual abuse and harassment in detention. RCCCNM has an advocate who works solely with incarcerated victims and survivors. The PREA Advocate provides confidential support to these inmates, through phone calls, letters, and one-on-one visits. The PREA Advocate also works with family members whose loved one has been assaulted behind bars. Each jail and prison has its own procedures to contact the PREA Advocate. If you are in the community and are concerned about an incarcerated loved one’s safety in prison, call RCCCNM’s hotline at 505-266-7711 or the main office at 505-266-7712. You will be connected with the PREA Advocate.

No one deserves to be sexually abused. Inmates have a right to be safe while serving their time. Rape is not a part of the penalty. 

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