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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

Digital World for Communities of Color

I recently attended one of my favorite annual conferences #TechSummit17.  In addition to all the cutting-edge technology and safety presentations, the Summit addressed the fundamental issue of safety and justice in the tech world.

I once believed the digital world was going to be the great equalizer, where diverse people could meet, learn, and contribute to national and worldwide conversations.  But just like in many other platforms, not everyone has an equal voice online.  

Read the full blog by Diana Mancera, JDI’s Director of Membership and Programs

What's Happening

"Educating our communities and elected officials about the needs of survivors in our local cities and towns requires year round focus. JDI is our pathway to informing and influencing the state and national agenda to end sexual and domestic violence." ~ Karen Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Womanshelter/Companeras. PICTURE: Staff from The Center for Hope & Healing with Attorney General Maura Healey at JDI Advocacy Day.

JDI Presented Visionary Voice Award 2013 to Becky Lockwood

(AMHERST, MA):  On the last day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Jane Doe Inc. will present the 2013 Visionary Voice Award to Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of the Center for Women and Community, for her leadership and dedication to creating a world free of sexual violence.  The award is one of 23 nationwide being given by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) in 2013.  The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the Center for Women & Community (CWC) on the UMass Amherst Campus in the New Africa House, 2nd Floor Reading Room at 2:30 PM. 

Mary R. Lauby, Executive Director of Jane Doe Inc. (JDI) along with Northwest District Attorney David E. Sullivan, and colleagues from CWC will speak.  Colleagues, volunteers and community members will be on hand to help honor Lockwood.

Lauby said, “The process of nominating someone for a national award requires us to evaluate not only who has shown leadership and dedication to the work but also to identify what it is we value as a movement for social justice.  Massachusetts is so fortunate to have someone with such compassion, clarity and fortitude advocating on behalf of ALL victims and survivors of sexual violence.  Becky deserves our praise and our gratitude.”

A respected and recognized leader in the area of sexual violence intervention and prevention among her peers, in her community, and across the state, Lockwood is known as a risk taker – always looking for new opportunities to support survivors and prevent violence and being an advocate for marginalized communities. Her success has been in her ability to implement innovative support and prevention programs and establish relationships with key university, community, state and national stakeholders.

Being situated at UMass Amherst creates a unique opportunity to engage the campus community in responding to and preventing sexual violence.  Under Lockwood’s leadership, the CWC has developed a collaborative partnership with local police department and university police department to provide onsite Civilian Advocate who addresses sexual assault issues and works with sexual assault victims, as well as domestic violence survivors. She also was responsible for securing both state and then federal funding to expand these services to include the Northampton Police Department.  Lockwood also participates in weekly meetings of the UMass Title IX Team that reviews reports of sexual and domestic violence and stalking and assures that resources and responses for victims are coordinated across the University.

Read the entire press release and hear what others have to say about Becky!

Watch the presentation and acceptance speech.


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