Advocacy is at the heart of everything that we do. Our founding legislation charges us with the responsibility of advising the public, county executive, county council, and the agencies of the county, state and federal governments on the issues of concern to women. Advocacy projects vary based on the needs of the community, resources, and skills/abilities of the Commissioners.
Prevention of human trafficking and organizing the Women’s Legislative Briefing are our current priorities.
The following organizations are members of Montgomery County’s Human Trafficking Task force:
Office of the County Executive
Montgomery County Commission for women
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships
The Polaris Project
Council Member Craig Rice
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Montgomery County Police Department
Montgomery County Commission on Human Rights
Circuit Court for Montgomery County
Montgomery County Public Schools
Alpha Kapp Alpha Sorority, Inc, Theta Omega Omega Chapter
Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services
Montgomery County Attorney's Office
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
The Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Council Member Tom Hucker
Montgomery County Office of Intergovernmental Relations
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
The legislative committee is responsible for researching best practices within the criminal justice system to combat human trafficking. The committee meets six times a year.
County Bill 9-15, Health and Sanitation—Bodywork Establishment—License. The bill was signed into law April 22, 2015. The legislative sub-committee worked with the entire task force to introduce and implement County Bill 9-15. The law is the first of its kind in Maryland, and requires a license to operate a bodywork establishment in the county. Bodyworks establishments are businesses that advertise bodywork services, such as reflexology, acupressure and other practices that fall outside the Maryland State definition of massage, or where any employee, agent or contractor performs bodywork on an individual. The law ensures that legal establishments can operate while providing enforcement against illegal establishments. Licenses are issued through the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Councilmembers Rice, Leventhal, Navarro and Katz join County Executive Ike Leggett as he signs the “Body Works” bill.
The education and outreach committee is responsible for educating the community about human trafficking. The chair is Wendy Stickle, Director of Undergraduate Programs, University of Maryland, Shady Grove. email@example.com
This committee coordinates services for victims in the county. The victim services committee is co-chaired by:
Nadja Soares Pereira Cabello, L.C.S.W.-C., Manager, Trauma Services: Abused Persons Program and Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program
Amanda Parsad, LCSW
Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator
All subcommittees meet 6 times a year.
The Commission no longer provides individual or group counseling as it once did. Instead, we are pleased to partner with the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation to provide specialized services to women who are re-entering the community after serving prison time.
Women leaving prison face a multitude of challenges, including: finding and sustaining employment, family reunification, sustaining healthy relationships, and improving self-esteem.
Our women’s support group aims to be a safe environment for women to gather and feel supported as they navigate the hurdles faced after being incarcerated. Our group will take place weekly on Saturday mornings at 10am and will include a variety of topics and speakers relevant to women with re-entry needs including:
If you or someone you know is interested in participating please fill out this form. Or, conatct Amy Meldau, Re-Entry Program Director, at (240) 777-8302 for more information.