The NMGIA slogan "Sui Generis" pronounced (SOO-ee JEN-ər-iss) is a Latin phrase that means "of its own kind, in a class by itself", therefore "unique". We use this to describe the unique gang trends and dynamic at play in New Mexico.
The NMGIA seal was inspired by our states newest license plate. The seven stars beneath the logo represent the seven regions as adopted from the NM HIDTA Investigative Support Center.
The NMGIA tagline is derived from the thin blue line flag, which symbolizes support for law enforcement. Additionally, the color blue in the U.S flag represents Vigilance, Perseverance & Justice.
New Mexico is traditionally bound by the age old mentality of "why do something different, if this is how we've always done it?". The limited resources in our state designed to directly combat gangs have become static. We had a different vision of what it could be and should be. The idea was built upon what we sought in our daily job functions as criminal justice professionals. After months of planning and research, we set out on that journey. The NMGIA inaugural meeting was held on September 11th, 2020. The association was incorporated on October 2nd, 2020 and received its non-profit 501 (c) (3) status on January 7th, 2021.
Increased awareness of gangs and gang activity within the State of New Mexico and to be an invaluable asset to criminal justice professionals in recognizing and combating gang activity. We are committed to providing current information and establishing a network between the NMGIA membership, fellow associations, criminal justice agencies and the State Legislature.
Additionally we strive to achieve the following moving forward;
Provide mechanisms for the dissemination of information regarding gangs and gang activity.