BHRC mobilizes community members for the health, dignity, and safety of people targeted by the war on drugs and anti-sex worker policies. We advocate for harm reduction as part of a broader movement for social justice.

What is Harm Reduction?

It is a philosophy and set of practices that can assist individuals be safer and be applied to make organizations/systems less harmful. For individuals, harm reduction expands choices, increases access, and promotes opportunities to assist people be safer (particularly when engaging in culturally stigmatized behaviors—such as drug use and sex). Harm reduction also aims to shift organizations/systems (and our broader culture) to be safer for individuals and communities.

Harm reduction recognizes that society, and the systems within it, have historically increased harm to people who use drugs or engage in sex work through oppressive policy and stigmatizing culture.

meeting people where they’re at, but not leaving them there

avoiding judgement

acknowledging the significance of any positive change

radical love


“Thank you Seoul Spa”

Developing skills in: quiet meditation; slowing my breath; mentally spotting my physical chronic pains; reflecting on the power of natural medicine; the power of my Asian ancestors; and, the joyful nostalgia of adolescence in my pan-Asian, pan-immigrant hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area. These are the gifts that Seoul...

A ten-year anniversary celebration

By Laura Bartolomei-Hill All photos by Austin Bartolomei-Hill It’s mental health awareness month! In December 2017, I hit a pretty big milestone: the 10-year anniversary with my seroquel, a medication I take for depression. I thought, I take seroquel everywhere with me everyday – what if I did it in...


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