Best Advocate: Jacqueline Robarge, Power Inside

325 E. 25th St., (410) 889-8333, powerinside.org

Power Inside describes itself as a “human rights and harm reduction organization that serves women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence and oppression,” and Jacqueline Robarge, who runs the group, takes the verb in that sentence “serves” seriously, although it could be replaced by “fights for.” She is relentless, the kind of person you want on your side when it comes down to it. She regularly makes the rounds giving out water and juice and condoms to women who are on the street and has maintained decades-long relationships with some who have gone to prison for extended periods and others who have gotten clean and now do outreach along with Robarge. She also helped collect testimony for the DOJ investigation into the Baltimore Police Department. Whether sex worker, reporter, or police captain, people know what to expect from Robarge. She might bust your chops or make it hard, but that’s because she is fighting for one of our most vulnerable populations.

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