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Victim Assistance

About the Program

The Victim Assistance staff offer a secure, comfortable, supportive environment where victims, witnesses, and their families are introduced to the extensive services available to them through the District Attorney's Office. Victims also receive information about their rights in the criminal justice system and are afforded an opportunity to provide information important to the prosecution of the case.

The Victim Assistance staff can:

  • Explain the criminal justice system and orient victims to their role in the prosecutorial process.
  • Serve as a liaison between victims and Assistant District Attorneys, the Police Department, the court system, and other criminal justice agencies.
  • Provide victims with case information and answer questions regarding the court process.
  • Notifies victims of any upcoming court proceedings.
  • Provide information about an inmate's custody status and notify victim of an inmate's release from a correctional facility.
  • Advocate for obtaining a court order of protection.
  • Arrange transportation to court for victims and witnesses
  • Assist with the preparation of victim impact statements
  • Prepare absence excusal letters for employers and schools.

7th Judicial District Victim Assistance Staff

Victim Advocate Director for the Seventh Judicial District: 
Herman Romero
302 Park Street
Socorro, NM 87801
Telephone: (575) 835-0052
Fax: (575) 835-0054

Victim Advocate for Socorro and Catron County: 
Desiree Rosas
302 Park Street
Socorro, NM 87801
Telephone: (575) 835-0052
Fax: (575) 835-0054

Victim Advocate for Sierra County: 
Vicki Dowell
855 Van Patten Street
T or C, NM 87901
Telephone: (575) 894-9033
Fax: (575) 894-9034

Victim Advocate for Torrance County: 
Josie Richards
Neil Mertz Judicial Complex
903 N. 5th Street
Estancia, NM 87016
Telephone: (505) 384-2800
Fax: (505) 384-2390

Other Resources

Crime Victims’ Reparation Commission 
(505) 841-9432
(800) 306-6262

New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
(505) 246-9240
(800) 799-7233

New Mexico Department of Corrections
Victim Services Coordinator - Francine Garcia
(505) 827-8848
(877) VICTIM4

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(505) 255-2955
(800) 522-6233


 New Mexico Grief Services
Office of the Medical Investigator
(505) 925-9501
(800) 432-5239

United Way 2-1-1
Information and Referral Service

Survivors of Homicide
(877) 700-8500

New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
(505) 883-8020
(888) 883-8020

New Mexico Victim Rights Project
DWI Resource Center
(505) 881-1084

Pre-Prosecution Diversion

36-16A-2. PURPOSE.

The purpose of the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Act [31-16A-1 to 31-16A-8 NMSA 1978] are to remove those persons from the criminal justice system who are the most amenable to rehabilitation and least likely to commit future offenses, to provide those persons with services designed to assist them in avoiding future criminal activity, to conserve community and criminal justice resources, to provide standard guidelines and to evaluate Pre-Prosecution Programs.


A defendant must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible for a Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program.

  1. the defendant must have no prior felony convictions for a violent crime and no prior felony convictions for any crime for the previous ten years;

  2. the crime alleged to have been committed by the defendant is non-violent in nature, with the exception of domestic disputes not involving a minor;

  3. if the defendant was on probation previously, his probation must not have been revoked or unsatisfactorily discharged;

  4. the defendant has not been admitted into a similar program for the previous ten years;

  5. the defendant is willing to participate in the program and submit to all program requirements;

  6. the crime alleged to have been committed by the defendant does not involve substantial sale of possession of controlled substances; and

  7. a person meeting all of the above criteria and any additional criteria established by the District Attorney may be entered into the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program. The District Attorney may elect to not divert a person to the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program even though that person meets the minimum criteria herein set forth. A decision by the District Attorney to not divert to the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program is not subject to appeal and may not be raised as a defense to any prosecution or habitual offender proceeding.



  1. Applicants must secure or be appointed defense counsel prior to applying for the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program.

  2. Applicants defense counsel will call PPD director to make the necessary appointments for the interview.

  3. Only applicants alleged to have committed a non violent crime or a crime not involving substantial sale or possession of controlled substances will be considered.

  4. At the discretion of the District Attorney and Pre Prosecution Diversion Director, applicants charged with drug offenses may be required to enter a treatment facility or counseling prior to being accepted into the PPD program.

  5. Victim approval is considered but not necessary, prior to entry into the program.

  6. Applicants should have the appropriate police agencies approval.

  7. If restitution is ordered, the full amount must be paid prior to acceptance into the program. If the applicant is unable to pay the full amount, a down payment of 1/3 is required with a monthly payment plan. All restitution must be paid in full before the end of probation.

  8. Applicants required to perform community service will complete all service within the time frame as set by the Pre Prosecution Diversion Director.

  9. All Pre Prosecution Diversion Participants are required to attend a tour of the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. The tour will be scheduled by the Director of Pre Prosecution Diversion and the participants will have adequate notice of the date and time.

  10. All Pre Prosecution Diversion Participants are required to report twice monthly. The appointments will be scheduled directly with the Pre Prosecution Diversion Director.

  11. Applicants must have the recommendation for acceptance from the Director of the Pre-Prosecution Diversion Program.

  12. District Attorney, Clint Wellborn will make the final approval of acceptance.