Samantha Garcia is a New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies with a main focus on the Criminalization of Race and Poverty. Born in Mexico and raised in New Mexico, she is a NM state licensed clinical mental health specialist. In her clinical experience, she has worked with diverse populations and deepened her practice at local substance abuse and domestic violence health clinics. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Human Development Family Studies and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health.

Samantha has been involved with grassroots organizations in New Mexico such as, Engaging Latino Communities for Education (ENLACE), NM Dream Team on immigration justice, and the UNM Community Engagement Center (CEC). At CEC, she worked as a graduate and research assistant advancing anti-racist social justice projects through educational development and anti-racism trainings in communities across New Mexico. Samantha’s professional interests and passion merge in bringing an awareness to the impact that institutional, interpersonal, internalized and systemic oppression have on the individual, family, community and overall global health.


It’s Time to Divest from Systems of Harm and Build an Infrastructure of Care

Advocates need to pressure congress to invest in institutions that care about and prioritize domestic and international wellbeing, while divesting from systems of violence and harm.

We Shouldn’t Have to Rely on the National Guard for Basic Services

Guard members have stepped up heroically during the pandemic. If we invested in more than just the military, maybe they wouldn’t have to.

From the Climate Crisis to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Our Militarized Budget Fuels Injustice

Changing our budget priorities is key to repairing these harms.

To Tackle Climate Change, Hold Fossil Fuel Conglomerates Accountable

Movements are using this once-in-a-lifetime political moment to mobilize communities against climate change and corporate greed.

Community Hearing on Transit Equity 2021: Findings and Recommendations

Findings from the Transit Equity 2021 report highlight organizing successes, existing inequities, and policy solutions for U.S. public transit.

We All Need Transit — Whether We Ride It or Not

Without public transit, I couldn’t have gotten my degree. And all of us need it to keep our planet livable.