MCASA Women of Color Network

Recognizing that women of color are an under-served population in the area of sexual violence, the MCASA’s Women of Color Network (MWOCN) strives to promote education, advocacy and leadership in communities in order to improve service delivery to victims and prevent sexual violence.

Further it is the goal of MWOCN to advocate for systems and policy change that will ensure the rights of indigenous and historically oppressed women. Representing Arab, Asian, Latin, Native American, and African Diasporic cultures, we seek social justice for women of all colors.

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, subject: MWOCN.

MWOCN Resources

Download brochure in Adobe PDF
MWOCN Understanding the Issues
Download Fact Sheet in Adobe PDF
And Still I Rise – Black Women Confronting Rape
Download brochure in Adobe PDF


MWOCN Conference information and presentations available here.