What we believe in

We believe in the power of Harm Reduction to transform lives! Taking a Harm Reduction approach means:

  • Believing that people who use drugs or engage in sex work are equal and valued members of society
  • Accepting that drug use and sex work have always been part of our society and always will be
  • Understanding that drug use and sex work exist along a continuum, and choosing to minimize the harmful effects rather than simply ignoring or condemning them
  • Treating people who use drugs or engage in sex work with respect and dignity
  • Acknowledging that people who use drugs or engage in sex work are fully capable of making their own decisions
  • Working with people who use drugs or engage in sex work to reduce harm, empower themselves, and improve their own lives and communities
  • Appreciating the experiences of people who use drugs or engage in sex work as a valuable tool for helping each other
  • Including people who use drugs or engage in sex work in the creation of programs and services designed to serve them
  • Recognizing the realities of poverty, class, racism, and other social inequalities are all part of the stigmatization of people who use drugs or engage in sex work
  • Advocating against policies that disproportionately harm people who use drugs or engage in sex work, particularly low-income people and people of color
  • Being committed to social justice and basic human rights for people who use drugs or engage in sex work

This is harm reduction – and this is why NYHRE exists