Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Maureen Baker

Policy Associate I


229A Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5869

Maureen Baker serves as the Training Coordinator where she designs and implements synchronous and asynchronous distance learning programs for national VAWA MEI program grantees. She also leads grantee trainings and data analyses work on the Supervised Visitation program grant and the Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant program. Maureen provides training and technical assistance on data reporting to OVW Technical Assistance providers.

Maureen has a passion for training, group facilitation, and strategic planning especially as it relates to building collaborative relationships across diverse social service systems. Throughout her career, she has worked with professionals in the fields of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, substance abuse, and criminal justice to identify and minimize barriers to integrated service delivery.  In addition, she has over fifteen years experience in the field of domestic violence, both as an advocate for battered women and children and as a community educator.

In addition to her work with VAWA MEI, she is the Project Director for the Maine/ New Hampshire Victim Assistance Academy where she coordinates professional development opportunities for crime victim advocates in Maine and New Hampshire

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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2015 Maine Crime Victimization Survey Report

Findings for the 2015 Maine Crime Victimization Report, released on December 1, 2015, were discussed at a press release forum at the Muskie School of Public Service. This report highlights findings from telephone interviews conducted with 843 randomly selected Mainers on whether they had been a victim of criminal or unwanted behavior (e.g. violent crime, property crime, threats of violence, identity crime, and stalking) in the past 12 months. 

After the presentation a distinguished panel responded to the findings and offered comments.

2015 Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System Report

A new report released by the Muskie School of Public Service reveals a racial bias towards minority youths in Maine's juvenile justice system.

"Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System" examines racial disparities in the system and provides recommendations on how to move toward racial equity. Robyn Dumont, Erica King and George Shaler of the Muskie School's Justice Policy Program authored the mixed-method report.

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