History and Mission

MWOCN was founded on October 4, 2000, to be an advocate in communities of color for victims of sexual crimes, 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 MWOCN 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 crimes.

MWOCN’s Goals

  • Actively recruit more women of color for paid and volunteer leadership and clinical positions
  • Work with educational institutions to encourage women of color to go into health, social service and human services fields
  • Create more opportunities for leadership training
  • Heighten the understanding of working with women of color
  • Maintain contacts with existing women of color and other minority and allied organizations

MWOCN Membership

Participation in MWOCN 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.

MWOCN also hosts meetings for its general body, which features various training, technical assistance, and/or informational topics.  There is no fee to join MWOCN.  However, we do ask that you self-identify as a woman of color or an allied professional or member of the community.

If you are interested in being involved with the Women of Color Network, please email us at [email protected].

MWOCN Resources