Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:24:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MAPS Invites Community to White Ribbon Day Exhibit with Portuguese-speaking Male Artists on March 3rd Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:24:02 +0000 MAPS_WRD_2017_POSTCARD_enThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) will host a White Ribbon Day (WRD) Art Exhibit event on Friday, March 3rd, from 4 to 7 pm at the health and social services organization’s Dorchester office, at 1 Stoughton Street. This event, which is open to the public, is MAPS’ way of reaching out to all males in the Portuguese-speaking community to join the White Ribbon Day initiative to end violence against women and all gender-based violence.

 MAPS has invited a group of male artists from the Portuguese-speaking community to each exhibit 4 to 5 pieces of artwork. Confirmed so far are visual artists Alexandre Henrique, Tierry Tavares, Ricardo Nassif and Yuri Ferreira, who will share with the guests their personal interpretation of their art pieces, reflecting themes of female empowerment, self-worth, non-violence and respect. State Representative Evandro C. Carvalho will also be at the event to show his commitment to the cause and to share a few words with the audience.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to have an open discussion around these often uncomfortable topics,” said Dulce Ferreira, MA, MAPS Director of Domestic Violence (DV) and Sexual Assault (SA) Services. “Confronting stereotypes about masculinity and having men and boys be a part of the effort to end violence against women and gender-based violence is crucial if we want to build a more respectful, equal society.”

In addition to the March 3rd event, MAPS will also take part in the annual Massachusetts Statewide White Ribbon Day Proclamation Event, scheduled for March 1st at 1 pm The Great Hall – Faneuil Hall, Boston. This event is organized by Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts coalition of organizations providing support to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. For more information about Jane Doe Inc., please visit

The WRD Campaign was created in 1991, on the second anniversary of one man’s massacre of 14 women in Montreal, to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Since then, it has become a worldwide campaign in 60 countries that has collected more than 5 million signatures. MAPS has been part of the initiative since its inception in Massachusetts, and MAPS Executive Director Paulo Pinto, MPA, served as the co-chair of the 2012 campaign.

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#DayWithoutImmigrants Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:53:54 +0000 MAPS_DayWithoutImmigrants

As an immigrant-lead organization dedicated to building healthy lives and successful communities by providing a wide variety of health and social services to Portuguese-speaking immigrants and their families across the state, we stand in solidarity with all immigrants around the country taking part in the #DayWithoutImmigrants, and celebrate the tremendous contributions that the immigrant community makes to our American economy and society.

We all came to this country as immigrants or refugees looking to build a better life for our families and ourselves, and to contribute towards building a better world.

Today, we are students, teachers, doctors, nurses, attorneys, corporate CEOs, restaurant owners, waiters, chefs, factory workers, singers, dancers, actors and dreamers, working together to build upon the aspirations of our founding fathers.

We are an asset to this country we call home. We are the future of this nation that we love. Our resilience, our cultures and our values are what make the United States of America great. We stand for Justice, Human Dignity and Equal Opportunity. We ARE America.

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Cambridge Memorial Luncheon awards medical scholarships Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:12:53 +0000 Cambridge Wicked Local

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MAPS Offices to close on Monday, February 13, until 12 pm Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:55:58 +0000 output_smIpbC

Due to the snow emergency, all MAPS offices will remain closed on Monday, February 13, until 12 pm. The MAPS Senior Center will be closed all day.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for more updates. Stay warm!

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MAPS offices to close on Thursday, Feb 9, Due to Snowstorm Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:00:04 +0000 blue-snowflake-99Due to tomorrow’s snowstorm, all MAPS offices will be closed all day.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates. Stay safe and warm!

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Community Awards Medical Scholarships at Dr. Leitão’s Memorial Luncheon in Cambridge Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:21 +0000 Guests at the LuncheonMore than 60 community members, leaders, friends and family of the late Dr. Edward Leitão gathered on the 29th of January, at the Faialense Club, in Cambridge, to honor the beloved physician’s legacy and to award 2 scholarships to Portuguese-American medical students Tracey DaFonte of Norwood and Bryan Rego of Fall River.

Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director

Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director

“We are honored to be the fiscal agent and provide organizational support for the Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund, in order to keep Dr. Leitão’s legacy of caring for our community alive, by encouraging Portuguese-American students to pursue medical careers,” said Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS). “Today, we honor Dr. Leitão.  With your support, we will also raise funds in his memory for scholarships and celebrate future doctors in our communities.”

“I’m extremely honored to be awarded this scholarship and want to thank MAPS, my parents and the scholarship committee for putting their trust in me,” said Tracey DaFonte, a 4th-year medical student at the University of Vermont, one of the scholarship recipients. “I look forward to serving our communities and providing them with linguistically appropriate medical care.”

Tracey DaFonte, Scholarship recipient

Tracey DaFonte, Scholarship recipient

Bryan Rego, a 1st-year medical student at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, also thanked the organizers and his family for the encouragement and support. “I hope to, one day, be able to give back to the Fund, and help to keep alive Dr. Leitão’s legacy,” he said.

“The Dr. Edward Leitão Memorial Scholarship Fund is very special, and these scholarships are helping future Portuguese-American physicians. It is important to encourage our younger generations to consider health careers, especially in Medicine,” said Helena Santos-Martins, MD, co-founder of the initiative.  “We need more physicians who are culturally and linguistically sensitive to the unique needs of our communities.”

Bryan Rego, Scholarship recipient

Bryan Rego, Scholarship recipient

The Leitão Fund Advisory Committee also took the opportunity to announce the addition of three new members: Ana Nava, PhD, Team Leader of the Portuguese Mental Health Clinic of the East Cambridge Health Center, Cambridge Health Alliance; Dr. Isabel Morais, Chief of Gynecology for the Steward Medical Group; and Rui Domingos, CEO of Naveo Credit Union. The current members are Helena Santos- Martins, MD, Attending Physician at the North Shore Medical Group, Dr. Stefanos Kales, Chief of Occupational Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and Associate Professor at the Harvard Medical School & School of Public Health, Daniel Leal, Academic Hospitalist at St. Mary’s hospital, in Waterbury, CT, and Paulo Pinto, MPA, MAPS Executive Director.

Helena Santos-Martins, Fund Co-Founder

Helena Santos-Martins, Fund Co-Founder

The Dr. Edward Leitão fund, managed by MAPS, was created in 2015 in the name of the much-loved physician, who passed away earlier that year. It aims to fill the urgent need for more Portuguese-speaking medical professionals in the community. To donate to the Scholarship Fund, please visit

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Do you have Health Insurance for 2017? Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:14:39 +0000 HC_Stnd_Logo_Tag_CMYK_0If you still haven’t registered, TOMORROW is the deadline. Protect your health and avoid paying fines when filling your taxes.

>>>Click here to visit the Massachusetts Health Connector Website<<<

If you need assistance in Portuguese, contact any of the following organizations:

Cambridge Health Alliance

Somerville, Cambridge and Everett Hospitals


Boston Public Health Commission

1010 Massachusetts Ave., Boston


Family Health Center of Worcester

26 Queen St., Worcester


Fishing Partnership Support Services

Chatham, Gloucester, New Bedford, Scituate


Health Care for All

1 Federal Street, Boston

(617) 350-7279

Joint Committee for Children’s

Health Care in Everett

484 Broadway, Everett


Manet Community Health Center

110 West Squantum St., North Quincy


People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE)

166 William St., New Bedford


Stanley Street Treatment and Resources

400 Stanley St., Fall River



Vineyard Health Care

114 New York Ave., Oak Bluffs



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Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocate/ Boston area/ Full-Time Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:25:20 +0000 MAPS, Providing Health and Human Services to the Portuguese-Speaking Community since 1970, is seeking to fill the following position in Boston:

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocate/ Boston area/ Full-Time (minimum 35 hours per week)
Under the direction of the Director of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program, the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocate, will be responsible to providing assistance to victims /survivors of DV&SA through: intakes, assessments, support referrals, support groups, follow-ups, and other necessary services.

1. Conduct client intakes and assessment
2. Provide crisis intervention and support services
3. Advocate and accompany clients to courts or other important appointments
4. Manage caseload in a timely and effective way
5. Interpret and translate for clients as needed
6. Collect data and submit monthly data reports to the director of the program
7. Participate in outreach activities to educate and inform Brazilian, Cape Verdean and Portuguese immigrant communities, about domestic violence and sexual assault, and services available

Preferred: Experience providing domestic violence & sexual assault services, and performing community outreach, desirable, but training will be provided. Bachelor’s degree with three to five years experience in social services. Counseling/ direct client services experience preferred, along with knowledge of the Brazilian, Cape Verdean and Portuguese communities. Required: Bilingual/Bicultural in Portuguese/ English, strong oral and written communications skills, and ability to work in stressful situations. Starting annual salary range commensurable with experience: $38.000-$42.000.

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter by January 31, 2017 or until filled:
MAPS HR Office
1046 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Affirmative Action/EOE

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(Português) Prestadores de serviços de violência doméstica reagem ao homicídio de Eugenia Monteiro Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:14:31 +0000

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Domestic Violence Service Providers Respond to Murder of Eugenia Monteiro Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:03:49 +0000 unnamedIt was with great shock and sadness that the Cabo Verdean community and supporters throughout the area learned of the brutal murder of Brockton resident Eugenia Monteiro on Monday, January 9. Monteiro, a 30-year-old Cabo Verdean mother of two, was reportedly shot multiple times by her ex-boyfriend, Matias Andrade, who was found dead of an apparent suicide on Tuesday. According to Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, these appear to be the state’s first known domestic violence-related deaths in 2017.

Several organizations including MAPS that provide Domestic Violence programs staffed by Cabo Verdean Creole- and/or Portuguese-speaking professionals stepped forward this week to offer free, confidential services and support to bereaved community members.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Eugenia Monteiro. Domestic violence remains one of the greatest public health and public safety crises of our time, and it impacts all communities.  Health Imperatives is committed to providing free, confidential and culturally competent crisis counseling, emergency shelter, assistance with restraining orders and advocacy and support to survivors as well as to their family and friends,” said Julia E. Kehoe, President and CEO at Health Imperatives, Inc. of Brockton.

Some of the organizations providing support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Brockton and surrounding areas include:

  • Health Imperatives, providing comprehensive services and support to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. These services are open to all individuals regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, or language. Services are available in English, Spanish, Cabo Verdean Creole and Brazilian Portuguese. 24/7 crisis hotline: 508-588-8255
  • Family & Community Resources, Inc., also of Brockton, providing a range of services for adults and children affected by domestic violence and trauma, with staff who speak a range of languages, including Cabo Verdean Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish, at 508-583-6498,
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), providing health and social services in Portuguese and Cabo Verdean Creole in Greater Boston and beyond. DV/SA Services are available in Dorchester, 617-825-5897; Brighton, 617-787-0557; Cambridge, 617-864-7600; Lowell, 978-970-1250, and Framingham, 508-872-2652;

The providers urged others suffering from violence in the community to reach out for help.

“It is crucial for members of our community to trust their instincts, and be aware of the warning signs for potential violence,” said Dulce Ferreira, MA, MAPS Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. “If you feel your life or that of someone you know might be in danger, please seek free and confidential support and guidance from a trained domestic violence advocate at an organization like ours. If someone is in immediate danger, please contact your local police.”

“Fighting domestic violence is an ongoing battle, and incidents such as this one can leave us feeling desperate and frustrated, but they must serve as a reminder that we all need do our part in changing attitudes and creating a safer community,“ said Ruth Zakarin, LICSW, Director of Trauma Services at the Family and Community Resources, Inc.

To find local domestic or sexual violence service programs near you in Massachusetts, use Jane Doe Inc.’s interactive search directory at For immediate assistance in Massachusetts, please contact: SafeLink 1-877-785-2020; TTY: 1-877-521-2601. Outside of Massachusetts, get in touch with the National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233).

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