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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

Meet the Jane Doe Inc. Team

"The staff at Jane Doe Inc. is privileged to work with our membership to elevate awareness about and to correct social injustices, to eliminate structural barriers to ending sexual and domestic violence, and to promote safety and justice for everyone." ~ Debra Robbin, Executive Director

JDI's 2019 State Budget and Policy Advocacy Priorities

JDI and its members collaborate to educate state lawmakers about the needs of survivors and what it will take to prevent gender-based violence. 

Our Legislative Priorities for the 2019-2010 session address sexual assault on campuses, sexuality education, immigrant rights, sexual harassment, poverty and more.  See details below.  Our state budget priorites for Fiscal Year 2020 are to maintain level funding for services and to increase the Commonwealth's investment in prevention.

If you have questions or would like to support our efforts, please Maureen Gallagher, JDI's Policy Director,  via info@janedoe.org


Education and Prevention

An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses (SD817/HD3294)
Comprehensive legislation to address policy, prevention and services to student experiencing sexual assault at institutions of higher education.  (Lead Sponsors: Sen. Michael Moore and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier)

An Act Requiring Sexual Misconduct Surveys at Institutions of Higher Education (SD340/HD599)Mandate campus sexual assault climate surveys at all institutions of higher education. (Lead Sponsors:Sen. William Brownsberger and Rep. Lori Ehrlich)

An Act Relative to Healthy Youth (SD579/HD827)

Ensure that sexuality education, when taught, is age appropriate and medically accurate. (Lead Sponsors: Sen. Sal DiDomenico, Rep. James O’Day, and Rep. Paul Brodeur)


Human Rights

An Act to Protect the Civil Rights and Safety of All MA Residents (Safe Communities Act) (SD926/HD1520)
Preserve and restore community trust in police by separating law enforcement and immigration, making it safer for survivors to come forward to seek support and services. (Lead Sponsors:Sen. James B. Eldridge, Reps. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda)



Economic Justice

An Act Relative to the Defense against Abusive Waivers (SD1225/HD195)
Prohibits the use of abusive “pre-dispute waivers” of important employee rights, including in cases of sexual harassment in workplaces.  (Lead Sponsors: Sen. Harriette Chandler and Rep. Kenneth Gordon)

An Act Relative to Well-Being & Care of a Child (Lift the Cap on Kids) (SD1452/HD3043)
Eliminating the harmful “family cap” on TAFDC which prohibits families receiving benefits for some children. (Lead Sponsors: Sen. Sal DiDomenico and Rep. Marjorie Decker)

An Act to Lift Kids out of Deep Poverty (SD1328/HD2367)
Set a floor on cash assistance at 50% of the federal poverty level. (Lead sponsors: Sen Sal DiDomenico and Rep Marjorie Decker)


Note that JDI is a member of On Solid Ground and supports the full policy agenda: https://onsolidgroundma.org/







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