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Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

About this Organization

Our mission is to improve the lives of Portuguese speakers in Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining a strong ethnic identity and a sense of community.
We work with and for the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership, and community development.

MAPS in its present form was created in 1993 by the merger of two agencies: the former Somerville Portuguese American League (SPAL) and the Cambridge Organization of Portuguese Americans (COPA), which had served area Portuguese speakers separately since 1970.

They merged to improve service provision and further unify the Portuguese-speaking community, including immigrants from eight countries around the world.

In addition to serving Portuguese-speaking immigrants and their families, MAPS assists all who need our services.

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Cambridge (Administration)
1046 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617-864-7600
TTY: 617-864-7600
Fax: 617-864-7621
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, Mon through Fri

Somerville
92 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
Tel: 617-764-2091
Fax: 617-764-0111
Hours: Hours: Mon and Tue, 12 noon to 8 pm. Wed-Fri, 12 noon to 5 pm

Brighton
697 Cambridge St., Suite 203
Brighton, MA 02135
Tel: 617-787-0557
TTY: 617-787-0557
Fax: 617-779-9586
Hours: Mon and Thu, 10 am to 6 pm. Tue, Wed, and Friday 9 am to 6 pm

Dorchester
1 Stoughton Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
Tel: 617-825-5897
TTY: 617-825-5897
Fax: 617-825-4167
Hours: Mondays – 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 9 am to 5 pm

Lowell
490 Central Street
Lowell, MA 01852Tel: 978-970-1250
TTY: 978-970-1250
Fax: 978-970-0843
Hours: Mondays – 10 am to 6 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 9 am to 5 pm

Framingham
24 Union Avenue
Suites 8 & 10
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: 508-872-2652
Fax: 508-872-2658
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 pm-5 pm; Thursdays from 1 pm – 6 pm

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Saheli Boston

About this Organization

Saheli Boston is an organization dedicated to supporting South Asian women and families in Massachusetts.

Contact Information

​Address: 11 Bedford Street, Burlington, MA 01803; P.O. Box 1345, Burlington, MA 01803
Helpline #: 1-866-472-4354
Website: www.saheliboston.org
Email Address: renu@saheliboston.org

Domestic violence advocacy; Support groups for women of all races and ethnicity; Mental health referrals; family counseling by a social worker; Financial assistance for families in crisis; Empowerment classes including computer and financial literacy; Career guidance, networking and referrals, and financial assistance for skill building; Free legal clinics for immigration and family law issues; Parenting workshops; Community outreach and violence prevention volunteer opportunities

  • Support services and help-line
  • I&R: Information & Referral
  • South Asian program: Bangladeshis, Bhutanese, Indians, Nepalis, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans
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Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)

About this Organization

ATASK is a nonprofit, community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. We provide services in Greater Boston and Greater Lowell and offer assistance in other cities throughout Massachusetts and New England. We currently provide services in 18 Asian languages and dialects. Our mission is to prevent domestic and intimate partner violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors. 

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 120108, Boston, MA 02112 (Boston and Lowell locations)
Telephone #: 617-338-2350 Fax #: 617-338-2354 Helpline #: 617-338-2355
Email Address: asiandv@atask.org
Website: www.atask.org
Language Capacity: Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Nepali, Hindi, Bangla, Tagalog, Urdu, Thai, Manipuri, Lao, and Mien

Shelter; temporary housing; assistance with food, clothing, and transportation; support groups and parenting skills groups; collaboration with multilingual advocates to provide clients with coordinated care and referral; multilingual helpline; community outreach; community-based support services; legal, housing, healthcare, mental health, public benefits, employment, and immigration advocacy, counseling, and referrals; life skills classes including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages); children and family program for shelter residents; education and training programs.

  • Shelter and 24-hour hotline
  • Support services for residents and non-residents
  • I&R: Information & Referral
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Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)

About this Organization
Email
info@masstpc.org

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) began as an all-volunteer program in 2001 working for the transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive communities of Massachusetts. MTPC is the only statewide advocacy organization focused solely on our communities – led by trans people, for trans people.

Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community leadership organization that works to ensure the wellbeing, safety, and lived equity of all trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive community members in Massachusetts. We support and advocate for all persons who have been, are being, or might be deprived of equal rights and/or fair treatment because of their gender identity or gender expression.

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617-778-0519

PO Box 960784
Boston, MA 02196

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MassEquality

About this Organization
Email
info@massequality.org

MassEquality is the leading statewide grassroots advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone across Massachusetts can thrive from cradle to grave without discrimination and oppression based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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+1-(617) 878-2300

+1-(617) 878-2333

100 Grove Street
Suite #313, Worcester, MA 01605

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Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts

About this Organization

Support for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence is made available at the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Project. This culturally specific project is offered in direct response to address the need for equal access to direct services, information and resources, vital in the support of victims and survivors of trauma.

Founder, Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine; along with her team work in collaboration with faith leaders and law enforcement to provide training that enhance the quality and response that victims of color receive from first responders. Additionally, the project works alongside Northeastern University Law Students to provide cultural sensitivity training as it relates specifically to victims of trauma of color.

Trainings have garnered positive response from counsel and client; impacting how victims of color are perceived and thus represented within the legal system. The success and national recognition of the project is directly tied to its committed effort to provide victims and survivors of Boston’s inner city communities of color with a coordinated community response that addresses the individualized needs of victims and survivors through a spectrum of quality services, specialized training, and support throughout its network of partners, supporters and community leaders.

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Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

About this Organization

Our mission is to improve the lives of Portuguese speakers in Massachusetts and help them become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining a strong ethnic identity and a sense of community.

We work with and for the Brazilian, Cabo Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities to increase access and remove barriers to health, education and social services through direct services, advocacy, leadership, and community development.

Services include:

  • citizenship assistance
  • domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy
  • driver alcohol education
  • elder services
  • employment & career assistance
  • family support
  • HIV/Sexually transmitted infections
  • immigration integration
  • intimate partner abuse educational program
  • translations/notary public
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Jane Doe, Inc. The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

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Toll-Free:
Telephone 1
877-785-2020
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Phone:
Telephone 2
(617) 248-0922
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Fax:
Telephone 3
(617) 248-0902
About this Organization
Email
info@janedoe.org

At Jane Doe Inc. we work to amplify the voices of all who are impacted by sexual and domestic violence and to undo the social injustices that perpetuate an abuse of power.

We work with our coalition members and a host of public and private partners to create policies and explore innovative solutions that improve the lives of survivors. We seek to prevent gender-based violence by changing the lens through which people view the experiences of survivors and by promoting equity and justice for everyone. Check out JDI’s statement on our work to rethink our relationship to the criminal legal system and explore how we can move our collective response to SDV towards centering the needs and experiences of survivors most impacted by structural violence.  

Our work complements the life-saving and healing services provided by our 59 community-based coalition members from the Berkshires to the Cape and everywhere in between.

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PO Box 960849
Boston, MA 02196

Phone: (617) 248-0922

Executive Director: Ms. Debra Robbin
Email: drobbin@janedoe.org

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Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Educational Development Center

About this Organization

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention serves as the national resource center for institutions of higher education concerned with reducing alcohol, other drug use and violence. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with supplemental funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center helps campuses and the communities in which they’re situated develop and sustain safe, healthy, and learning conducive environments. They provide training, technical assistance, publications, and other information to assist colleges and universities in developing, implementing and evaluating prevention programs and policies.

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Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW)

About this Organization

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) unites the Center for Research on Women and the Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies in an interdisciplinary community of scholars engaged in research, training, analysis and action. The Wellesley Centers for Women is home to the Women’s Rights Network, the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center and projects on family violence and on sexual harassment in schools.

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