Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services (SRSASS) is a non-profit Rape Crisis Center established in 2011. We are located in the southwest region of New Mexico providing services to survivors of sexual violence in Grant and Hidalgo Counties.
SRSASS provides services to survivors of sexual violence and their families through case management services, crisis intervention services, community education and awareness services, counseling services, and accompaniment services for both the SANE exam and legal proceedings.
Our vision is a world in which all people are safe, valued and free from any form of violence and oppression.
SRSASS’ services are available 24/7/365 with a crisis hot-line that is staffed by a trained volunteer advocate or a staff member.
Chelsea Cooper, MSW Executive Director
Chelsea Cooper is a Silver City native. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work in 2014 from Western New Mexico University. She began her professional career working with adolescent teens in the judicial system. Chelsea began working with Silver Regional SASS in 2016 as the Advocacy & Crisis Coordinator. During this time, she developed a passion and vision for survivors in Grant County. In 2017, Chelsea took over as Executive Director. She has grown Silver Regional SASS into a multi-functional Sexual Assault Support Center and Developing Child Advocacy Center. She has been able to add additional counselors, forensic interviewing, and multiple advocates.
Phone: 1-575-313-6203 Extension 6203
Arlene Camarena Advocacy & Crisis Coordinator
Arlene Camarena is a Grant County native. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Western New Mexico University. She began her professional career in 1999 when she moved to Las Vegas, NV and worked for Clark County School District. Arlene returned to her hometown of Bayard in 2009. She was hired at the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s office as a Victim Advocate. While at the DA’s office she developed a passion for advocacy. Arlene became the Advocacy and Crisis Coordinator for SASS in April of 2023, and is beyond excited to continue her passion and love for advocacy and helping others here at SASS. Outside of SASS, Arlene enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and watching soccer.
Emma Eileen McKinley Outreach and Education Coordinator
Emma Eileen McKinley is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services. Currently a student of Social Work, Philosophy, and Political Science at Western New Mexico University, Emma spent two years as a volunteer advocate before moving into her current role in the summer of 2021. She is passionate about violence prevention, accessibility, and harm reduction, and believes that cultivating a culture of consent can be a powerful antidote to oppression. When not creating infographics or dreaming of ways to inspire social change, Emma enjoys reading, gardening, dancing, hiking, textile crafts, and spending time with her pets.
Phone: 1-575-313-6203 Extension 6226
Shannon Honey Forensic Interviewer
Shannon Honey is the Forensic Interviewer at SASS. She has been with the agency since 2019.
She was born in Athens, GA and moved to Silver City from New Orleans, LA in 2019. She studied Sociology and Psychology at The University Of Georgia and has a BA in Sociology.
Shannon has worked as a Victim Advocate for 21 years and a Forensic Interviewer for 16 years. She has worked in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado and now in New Mexico.
Shannon enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors. She is an animal advocate as well and is an avid fan of UGA and New Orleans Saints football.
Phone: 1-575-313-6203 Extension 6231
Cindy Livingston, LMHC Mental Health Therapist
Cindy Livingston is honored to serve as a Mental Health Therapist for SASS.
Ms. Livingston’s background stems from an AA in Early Childhood Development as well as a BA in Human Development. Later, she acquired a Masters in Counseling at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Ms. Livingston worked in the NM school system as a general and special education teacher for 30 years, and retired as a school counselor several years ago. Currently, she is a licensed Mental Health Therapist, working mainly with sexual assault survivors as a therapist at SASS. She also maintains a small, private therapy practice.