Norma A. Palacios Cruz is a Latina advocate. Her experiences living in a working-class Latino community have served as her main motivation for advocating and implementing new forms of community-based safety measures in opposition to the inhumane carceral state. Norma is the Policy Coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance, a national and state organization fighting to end the war on drugs. Norma has experience in developing alternatives to incarceration strategies and advancing legislation at the intersection of immigration and drug policies. She is the first one in her family to obtain a college degree and is a native Spanish speaker.