Press Releases

MAPS Offers Free HIV/STI Tests out of Cambridge Office

May 22, 2017

T7T_1968The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is now offering free, quick and confidential HIV and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) tests out of its Cambridge office, located on 1046 Cambridge Street, every Wednesday, from 3 to 5 pm.

Cambridge clients looking to find out their HIV/ STI status can now visit the organization’s Cambridge office, with no need for a scheduled appointment, and meet with a Community Health Worker who has been trained and certified to provide the service in a safe and confidential setting. Accommodations can also be arranged for group testing and on-site testing by contacting the organization. [→]

Sold-Out MAPS 2017 Awards Gala Raises Record Funding and Honors Inspirational Leaders

May 4, 2017

Gala guests enjoy the after-party

Gala guests enjoy the after-party

An exciting evening of inspiring award recipients, cultural entertainment, glamorous red carpet arrival, silent and live auctions and an elegant banquet helped the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) raise a record of approximately $180,000 at the nonprofit organization’s 2017 Awards Gala in Cambridge on April 29th. [→]

Thank You!

May 2, 2017

MAPS Gala_042917_DSC_1726_©2017 Derek Kouyoumjian

Thanks to the generous support of our Gala Sponsors, Program Book Advertisers, Auction Donors, Community and Business Leaders, attendees of the Gala, and the dedication of our hard-working staff, the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala was a great success!

Our more than 440 guests were treated to a glamorous red-carpet cocktail reception, complete with red-carpet paparazzi and a silent auction packed with interesting and exciting items, as well as a delicious dinner provided by the Royal Sonesta Hotel, powerful musical performances by Grooversity, Sonia Bettencourt and Gutty Duarte, and a fun after-party with DJ Melo, from DNJ Entertainment.

We can’t wait to share more photos with you!

Check our website soon for a link where you’ll be able to purchase prints of the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala!

SOLD OUT! MAPS 2017 Awards Gala – Parking and Directions

April 28, 2017

website_logoWe look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 29, at 5:30pm

at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge (click for directions)

Parking: Prices this year at the Sonesta are $12 for Self-Parking in their garage, and $22 for Valet Parking. Inexpensive parking is also available across the street under the CambridgeSide Galleria—closing at 1 am.

Last Chance to Reserve Seating for the MAPS 2017 Awards Gala on April 29

April 18, 2017

website_logoTime is running out to reserve your seats at the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) 2017 Awards Gala, to take place April 29 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. As excitement builds for the black-tie-optional fundraiser, the health and social services organization will keep accepting seating reservations until Friday, April 21. You can RSVP in person at the MAPS Cambridge Office (1046 Cambridge Street), call (617) 864-7600, or visit the MAPS website at After April 21, please call the office to inquire about available seating. [→]

MAPS to Receive “Access to Justice” Award at April 3rd MOVA Ceremony

March 30, 2017

The Massachusetts State House, Boston tourism destinationsThe Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is being honored with the “Access to Justice Award” by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) at the 2017 Victim Rights Month Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 3. The award will be presented, according to a note sent to MAPS by MOVA, in recognition of the MAPS Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program’s “continuous strides over the past year in advocating for victims’ rights and services.” [→]

Assessment of Framingham Portuguese Speakers Indicates a Greater Need for Culturally Appropriate Social Services

March 21, 2017

framingham_1The Portuguese-speaking community in Framingham and surrounding areas need improved access to culturally and linguistically competent social services, with a special focus on health insurance enrollment, housing and job training, ESOL and domestic violence and sexual assault services. This is the main conclusion of the Framingham Community Needs Assessment Survey recently conducted by the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS). [→]

MAPS Announces 2017 Awards Gala Sponsors and Honorary Committee

March 16, 2017

website_logoPlans are well under way for the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) 2017 Awards Gala, which will be presented by four Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners: the Apres, Cafua, Couto and Riverside Management Groups. The black-tie-optional event will take place Saturday, April 29th, at the elegant Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. It will feature a Red Carpet arrival, cocktail reception, banquet, awards ceremony honoring distinguished community members and organizations, silent auction, entertainment and much more. [→]

MAPS Offices to close on Tuesday, March 13

March 13, 2017





Due to the snowstorm expected tomorrow – Tuesday, March 14th – ALL MAPS offices will be closed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you had an appointment scheduled, we will be contacting you to reschedule. Stay safe!

ICE: Know Your Rights

March 10, 2017

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If you or anyone you know is in risk of deportation, make sure to have a plan, and KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

Click here to download a PDF in English put together by the Immigrant Defense Project that you can print out and share with the community.