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The voices of survivors, member programs, and community allies, joining together in one voice, are essential in order to affect social change to end violence and oppression in our society. Every voice is important.

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Read our latest newsletter: February 2017.

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 Members Legislative Advocacy Day

JDI's Legislative Advocacy Day convenes individuals from member programs across the state every year to influence the budget and legislative decisions that directly affect the work they do and the survivors in their communities. Participants meet with State Representatives and Senators to remind them of the importance of their support for sexual and domestic violence funding and programs. 

This year, JDI is advocating for two budget line items that will maintain level services across the state, and expand life-saving programs for survivors. Read more here.

JDI also has a comprehensive legislative agenda that addresses a range of issues that impact sexual and domestic violence survivors uniquely, but are not all specifically SA/DV bills. The range represents a broader view of policy efforts to address social and economic justice and support all survivors and those who experience injustice and oppression. Read more about the legislative agenda here.

JDI's top three bill priorities include the Safe Communities Act, a Campus Sexual Assault bill, and a bill to protect private healthcare information (PATCH)Read more about JDI supported bills here

Please contact JDI's policy director Maureen Gallagher with any questions about JDI's budget and legislative agendas: mgallagher@janedoe.org

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