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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

JDI Policy Action Overview

JDI has taken a new look at our policy and systems advocacy agenda.  Check out the coalition's Policy Framework and learn about the values behind our specific state legislative bills and our overall strategy.

Your voice is needed now more than ever!  Given the current climate in Washington, there's tremendous uncertainty and fear regarding both funding and policy issues that will affect the lives of people impacted by sexual and domestic violence.

JDI endorses IAm. to increase access to menstrual products

- JDI has added this bill to our legislative advocacy agenda: An Act to Increase Access to Disposable Menstrual Products in Prisons, Homeless Shelters and Public Schools: H.1959/S.1274.
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FY2020 Conference Committee Budget

- The final FY2020 Conference Committee report from the Massachusetts Legislature released on July 22, 2019 deserves high praise from victim advocates and all who care about the impact of sexual and domestic violence in the Commonwealth and shares JDI's belief that prevention is possible. New opportunities to enhance efforts that promote healthy relationships among youth lie ahead given that the proposed funding of $1million for the Healthy Youth Grant Program by the Legislature matches the Governor’s original request. We now look to Governor Baker to sign a budget that includes this critical funding, joining a select group of states throughout the nation that prioritize prevention, as well as funding for other essential services for survivors of gender-based violence.
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JDI's 2019 State Budget and Policy Advocacy Priorities - UPDATE

- JDI and its members invite you to support our efforts to pass legislation and secure state funding to support survivors and invest in prevention.
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VAWA Reauthorization means #VAWA4ALL

- Congress is expected to vote the week of April 1 on the 2019 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1585)!
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Keep your hands of Title IX

- On November 16, 2018, the Department of Education issued a new proposed rule that would significantly impact protections for survivors of sexual violence in their schools. JDI is mobilizing our members and others to submit comments on or before January 28, 209 to oppose the altering of Title IX.
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#ProtectFamilies and stop "public charge" rule proposal

- Join JDI in advocating to stop the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” have the potential to force survivors to choose between food, housing and other public supports and their applications for changes to their U.S. citizenship status.
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2 days, 4 laws: ACT NOW

- The 2018 Massachusetts Legislative Session ends at midnight on July 31, 2018. Join JDI in pushing for these 4 critical measures to address campus sexual violence, immigration rights, employment rights and support for children and families living in poverty.
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Vote YES on 3 to Protect Transgender Rights

- This November, be sure to vote YES on ballot question 3 to preserve existing protections for transgender members of our community. JDI shares updates and resources to help you understand the issue and get involved!
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Call your US Congress Members to say thank you.

- We thank the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation for voting no on proposals that will harm immigrants and asylum seekers. We can't lose this momentum to stop policies that are harmful and to maintain ground in terms of human rights and civil liberties.
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We need YOUR advocacy to ensure support for survivors in the Conference Committee Budget!

- The Massachusetts Legislative Budget Conference Committee has been appointed and is working on the final FY2019 budget. Please contact your legislators and ask that they advocate with the budget conference committee to include Senate budget language and amounts for 4513-1130 and Senate Safe Communities provisions in the final budget!
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Focus Turns to Massachusetts Senate for Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

- The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways & Means is set to release its budget proposal on Thursday, May 10. JDI staff will be watching for the release and analyzing the budget to provide you with information on key funding areas as well as proposals regarding the Lift the Cap, Safe Communities and economic stability. Watch for information soon after briefing you on where we stand, what budget amendments we will be promoting and how you can take action.
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JDI endorses YES vote on 2018 #Transgender Rights Ballot Initiative

- JDI endorses a YES vote on the 2018 statewide ballot initiative vote to uphold basic protections and defend dignity for our #transgender neighbors.
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House Ways & Means Budget FY2019

- The state House Ways & Means Budget essentially does not include or reflect an increase for S/DV services. While happy there are no cuts, JDI will continue to seek amendments to increase funding.
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JDI Joins MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence in Support of New Bill H3610

- Jane Doe Inc. has announced its support for H3610, An Act Temporarily Preventing Firearm Access for Extremely Dangerous or Suicidal Individuals, sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Decker. This bill would allow family or law enforcement to petition for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO), preventing individuals who are a danger to themselves or others from accessing firearms, firearm ID cards, or licenses to carry a firearm for one year.
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JDI Day of Action 2018

- Hundreds of JDI members, allies and supporters gathered at the State House on Monday, March 26, 2018 to advocate for funding and legislation to support sexual and domestic violence survivors and services. Here is how you can keep that momentum going!
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Action Needed: PATCH ACT to be Voted on in MA House Wednesday, February 28, 2018

- Calls to State Representatives needed to support on JDI Priority bill, the PATCH Act (An Act to Protect Confidential Health Care) which is slated for a vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives,
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Breaking news on 2 of JDI’s 3 priority bills! Thanks to you and your advocacy!

- On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the Patch Act and Safe Communities Act both received support for passage.
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Safe Communities Act - Call to Action January 31, 2018

- The deadline to report the Safe Communities Act out of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security is quickly approaching and we need your help to push the bill out of committee favorably!
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Contact Safe Communities co-sponsors to counter anti-immigrant campaign!

- A misinformation campaign promoted by a white supremacist hate group is threatening to undermine our efforts to support immigrants in Massachusetts. Take action now!
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Joint Committee on Public Health and the Women's Caucus hearing on Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue

- JDI and several of our member organizations invited to give testimony on a public health approach to domestic violence services and prevention initiatives.
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State and Federal Action Needed to Support Immigrant Survivors

- The clock is ticking! DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) will expire in 6 months unless the Congress acts now. Take two minutes to contact your federal representatives to support the DREAM ACT and your state representatives to support the Safe Communities Act to protect immigrants here in Massachusetts.
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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.
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FEDERAL ADVOCACY ALERT: Support and Defend Immigrant Children and Youth

- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) action needed now.
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Action alert: Don’t encourage Mass. police to detain immigrants!

- Governor Baker wants to give police the authority to hold people for ICE, violating their constitutional rights. Call him today – and call your legislators to urge them to kill the bill.
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Mobilizing for Safe Communities - Hearing Friday June 9, 2017

- The Massachusetts Legislative Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a hearing on The Safe Communities Act (H3033) at the State House on Friday, June 9, 2017.
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Why JDI opposes the AHCA: A matter of Justice

- JDI issued this statement in response to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), explaining how it could cause irreparable harm to countless survivors of gender-based violence across the country and here in the Commonwealth.
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JDI Members Legislative Advocacy Day

- Staff, volunteers, board members and survivors from JDI member programs come together each year for the JDI Legislative Advocacy Day. Participants meet with our State Representatives and Senators to talk about their work across Massachusetts to support survivors, and to advocate for budget and legislative priorities that empower programs to continue promoting healthy and safe relationships and communities.
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Mobilizing for Massachusetts Immigrants

- JDI has signed on to this effort sponsored by our partner the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition known as MIRA to support the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act.
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2017 State Procurement Process

- For the past 18 months, JDI has been actively engaged with our members and other stakeholders to participate in planning for the first procurement of state funding for sexual and domestic violence services in ten years.
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2016 Legislative and Budget Advocacy Agenda

- While the snow kept JDI and its members from being on Beacon Hill on March 21st, the advocacy continues through visits, phone calls and emails. Read more about JDI's 2016 agenda for funding and policy reform to support survivors and prevention initiatives.
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Action Needed: VOCA Under Threat

- Please contact Congress and request that they not cut critical services for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence funded by the federal Victim of Crime Act (VOCA)!
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Debate begins on Senate FY2016 Budget Plan

- The Senate stands prepared to either match or surpass the funding levels for sexual and domestic violence services and prevention. Calls needed today!
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FY2016 Budget Ask for Sexual and Domestic Violence Services

- JDI’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 aims to fill gaps in services so that all victims in every part of the Commonwealth have access to quality, timely and culturally appropriate responses and services.
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Comprehensive Domestic Violence Bill Signed into Law

- After years of advocacy, four of JDI's top priorities were passed as part of the comprehensive domestic violence bill signed by Governor Patrick on August 8,2014.
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2 weeks to pass JDI's 4 legislative priorities

- WE HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LEFT TO HELP OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES PASS THIS YEAR! Your advocacy over the past year has been key in getting the attention of the House and Senate. Thanks to you, both branches have included our 4 priorities in their respective versions: H4038 and S1897 an act to enhance protections for domestic violence victims.
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FY15 House Budget Finalized

- The House passed a budget on Wednesday night that did not include originally proposed cuts to domestic violence services. Thank your Representative for their role in ensuring critical services to victims will be preserved. We will now focus our advocacy in the Senate
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FY2015 House Budget Cuts Funding for Services - Take Action NOW

- The House Ways & Means Committee's recommendations for the FY2015 Budget fall far short of what is already needed to meet current needs. Contact your Representative today urging them to co-sponsor the amendments requested by Jane Doe Inc. and to support increased funding in the final House budget.
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FY2015 State Budget Process Underway - Advocacy Day March 20, 2014

- JDI continues to work with its members to secure adequate funding for sexual and domestic violence services.
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Welfare Reform Bill Poses Risks for Survivors

- The Massachusetts House and Senate passed versions of a welfare reform bill with restrictions on access to welfare benefits that will leave many survivors without the supports they need or a path to independence in the future. JDI has signed on to efforts to amend the final bill. Calls needed now!
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Increases secured in FY14 State Budget

- Governor Patrick signed the FY14 budget this afternoon, maintaining critical funding (including increases) for sexual and domestic violence services!
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Judiciary Committee Hearing on Priority Bills

- JDI presenting testimony at Judiciary Committee hearing today on two of our top priority bills regarding Accord & Satisfaction and Strangulation.
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Outcome of Senate FY2014 Budget

- Senate adopted one of two amendments for increased funding for services. Our attention now turns to the Conference Committee for the final opportunity to advocate for funding in the state's Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
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Senate FY2014 Budget Debate Begins

- As the Massachusetts Senate prepares to take up the Fiscal Year 2014 budget debate on May 22, JDI continues to advocate for increased funding for sexual and domestic violence services. Keep those calls and emails going!
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EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS - Senate Ways & Means Proposal FY2014

- The Senate Ways & Means Committee budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 does not adequately fund sexual and domestic violence services and programs. Your calls are needed now!
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House Budget Status

- Through the House budget debate process, we made forward progress from the initial levels proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee. But there is much work to be done as the Senate takes up their budget process in order to secure much needed funding for sexual and domestic violence services.
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JDI leads advocacy for FY2014 State Budget

- Restore, stabilize and bring parity is the message of JDI's budget advocacy efforts for increased state funding. Add your voice.
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VAWA Reathorized, Finally!

- After the substitute bill proposed by the House Leadership failed by a vote of 257 to 166, the inclusive bipartisan version of VAWA passed by a vote of 286 to 138.
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VAWA Reauthorization Reintroduced

- JDI gears up for passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013. Staunch advocates last session and long time friends of our work, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize VAWA.
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Firearm Policy Reform: Act Now!

- JDI is gearing up to support proposals for firearm related policies on the state and federal level. Access to firearms is a tremendous risk factor in cases of sexual and domestic violence. Add your voice as we advocate for sensible, informed and life-saving policies and practices.
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Protection Need for Itemized Charitable Donation Deduction

- JDI has joined with hundreds of other non-profit organizations in Massachusetts and around the country to urge Congress not to cap or eliminate the itemized charitable deduction as part of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Please take a moment to contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives and urge them to protect this deduction—a unique and cherished incentive for Americans to invest directly in important community needs. The direct impact on nonprofits in Massachusetts such as JDI would be devastating.
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19 Days to Reathorize VAWA

- There are only 19 days left to pass VAWA before the House recesses on December 16! We must pass a strong, bi-partisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that supports ALL victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Leadership from Massachusetts Delegation can make the difference!
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VAWA Action November 2012

- While the elections are over, our advocacy continues! From the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to the housing discrimination and employment leave bills, we hope we can count on you to help push for these proposals before the federal and state legislative sessions end for the year.
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Elections 2012: What's at stake for victims & survivors

- What does this election have to do with sexual and domestic violence issues? Everything!! When you go to the poll next week, we hope you’ll keep in mind what the outcome of these elections will mean for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their children.
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Pet Restraining Order Passes

- JDI applauds Legislature for passing and Governor Patrick for signing animal control law that includes abuse protection clause. This law creates an added tool for individuals who are trying to escape an abusive situation and have concerns for the safety and care of family pets.
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FY2012 Legislative Session Ends

- JDI's 2 priority bills didn't pass the finish line during last night's final formal legislative session for the year. The proposals for housing protections and employment leave for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking did receive a lot of support and are poised for consideration in the coming months.
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Housing Bill passes Senate today! Now we must pass it in the House!

- The Massachusetts Senate passed a modified version of the housing protections for victims of sexual and domestic violence bill. This legislation is one of JDI's top priorities. The Coalition is pushing on all cylinders to see the bill pass the House before the session ends.
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FY13 State Budget Signed

- Funding for sexual and domestic violence services saw slight increase in the FY2013 State Budget signed by Governor Patrick.
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2011: Policy Year in Review

- Across the Commonwealth as well as the nation, a lagging economy continued to impact families and the human service and advocacy organizations striving to help them. With this backdrop, Jane Doe Inc. and our member programs redoubled our efforts to meet the needs of victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence and to promote opportunities for prevention. Our efforts paid off as Massachusetts made progress in increasing needed supports and funding and reforming policy. Read more about our budget and legislative victories and progress in our systems advocacy work.
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VAWA Reauthorization In Trouble

- US House of Representatives adopted weakened version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on May 16, 2012. Advocates concerned about impact.
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JDI Opposes Start of Secure Communities

- JDI joined with MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy) Coalition and others to oppose the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implementation of "Secure Communities" in Massachusetts that began on May 15, 2012. JDI asks who exactly will be more "secure" under this provision that jeopardizes the safety of sexual and domestic violence victims.
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VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Compromised in House Version (5/8/2012)

- On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 4970, a bill that would severely weaken the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Victim advocates have grave concerns about this legislation which contains changes to current law that will endanger many victims and excludes protections for specific victims. We must now turn our efforts to the full House of Representatives in order to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that improves safety for victims. The vote could be as early as next week, so now is the time for Representatives to hear from you.
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FY13 Budget Amendments

- The House Ways & Means Budget Recommendations for FY2013 fell short of restoring this critical funding fully. The following three budget amendments will bring funding levels back up to FY2009. Contact your State Representative today and ask for his/her support of all three amendments!
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JDI Advocacy Day April 10, 2012

- JDI and its members will be on Beacon Hill to advocate for funding to support the life-saving and life-changing services provided by community-based sexual and domestic violence programs. To help launch the day, JDI will release recent data on Massachusetts from three national studies that illustrate that the levels of sexual violence, rape and intimate partner violence are epidemic in Massachusetts and around the country.
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Employment Leave Bill Gains Traction

- After many years of advocacy, this might be the year when the Employment Leave Bill passes. The Senate has scheduled a vote for Thursday, January 12. Calls are needed now!
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Reauthorize VAWA

- JDI and our allies on the national level are kicking off the year with a push to make 2012 the year that we will pass VAWA reauthorization! We can’t do this without your help. Thanks to you and the thousands of people who have taken action, mobilized their networks and worked so hard, VAWA has continued to be one of the most significant pieces of federal legislation to support victims, hold offenders accountable and work toward the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. Take a minute to make a call, send a tweet and push for re-authorization of this life-changing and life-saving legislation
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Reauthorize VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act!

- The Violence Against Women Act is due for reauthorization. Our wonderful Senate champions, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), introduced a bipartisan bill, S. 1925, on Wednesday (11/30/11) to reauthorize and improve VAWA!
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