History and Mission
Maryland WOCN was founded on October 4, 2000, to be an advocate in communities of color for victims of sexual violence, and to provide insight and guidance to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault on issues of sexual violence that impact women of color. Since its inception, the Maryland WOCN has actively worked toward breaking down barriers to service delivery and influencing meaningful change at all levels for women of color by providing workshops, participating in community activities, and researching the best practices that support women of color who are survivors of sexual violence.
Participation in Maryland WOCN is open to women with professional experience in victim services and to women from the community who are interested in promoting improvement of services and assistance to victims of sexual violence.
Maryland WOCN hosts meetings for its general body, which features various training, technical assistance, and informational topics. There is no fee to join Maryland WOCN. However, we do ask that you self-identify as a woman of color or an allied professional or member of the community.
The general body monthly meeting for Maryland WOCN is held every second Friday from 10am-12pm.
Maryland WOCN hosts an annual statewide conference that serves as a networking and training event for rape crisis and recovery centers, government agencies, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, community leaders and students to increase knowledge and gain skills related to sexual violence prevention and cultural competency that can be applied in their organizations and within their communities.