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