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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

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"Throughout the years being an active member of Jane Doe Inc. has given me the opportunity to participate in many activities to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the opportunity to improve my professional skills attending trainings and webinars. The tremendous impact we make as part of the Jane Doe coalition is unmeasurable for every agency, advocate, client and community member." ~ Claudia Segura - JDI Coalition Member and Advocate

STATE ACTION ALERT: Support the Safe Communities Act

In the face of continued political attacks on immigrants, now is an important time to let your MA State Legislators know that you support the Safe Communities Act and that they should act swiftly to move it through the Legislature.

  • The Safe Communities Act prohibits access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteristics; ensures Basic Due Process Rights for people detained in state and local facilities for civil immigration violations; requires informing detainees that they have the right to decline an interview with ICE agents, and to have their own attorney present (at their own expense) if they so choose; ensures that state, local and campus police don’t participate in immigration enforcement activities, including inquiries, investigations, raids, arrests or detentions that are based solely on immigration status; and prohibits agreements with DHS that deputize local officers as immigration agents. 
  • For more information about the legislation, check out the MIRA website

The bill is currently in the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security and requires a favorable report to move forward. Please contact your legislators in the House and Senate and ask for their advocacy with the committee to move this bill forward. Also contact the Committee Members and ask them to prioritize this legislation for a favorable vote.

  • For immigrant survivors, the barriers and challenges to accessing supports and services are enormous--including isolation, language barriers and the lack of available culturally relevant services.
  • Policies that blur the lines between immigration enforcement and community law enforcement endanger the safety of victims of sexual and domestic violence, their families, and communities.
  • Immigrant survivors’ access to justice is blocked when they cannot safely contact community law enforcement without the very real possibility of removal—and thus separation from their families and communities--because of their immigration status.
  • Fear and uncertainty that this creates for survivors emboldens abusers who use documentation status and deportation as a threat and this has dire consequences for victims.


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