Men Connect
For New Mainers

Conversations In Masculinity

We hope that immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking men will join our experienced facilitators to explore their unique experiences with masculinity and to discuss tools for self-care, healthy relationships, and violence prevention. This conversation, which expands on our commitment to provide space for men to reflect on their experiences around masculinity and to explore the connections between societal expectations of gender, self-harm, and violence, is specifically for new arrivals to the US. We offer sharing, learning, and reflecting with at least twenty-five men from seven different countries.

Men Connect for New Mainers sometimes meets virtually and sometimes in person. When it meets in person, masks are optional and proof of vaccination is not required. New participants are always welcome! For more information, contact us

Many thanks to our community partner Martin’s Point Health Care for creating this  video about our Men Connect for New Mainers program.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-CY-AX-0013 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


“Since my husband started to join the MB2M meetings, he changed his behavior. I realized that there is somebody in the shadow helping understand how a couple can engage in uncomfortable topics together, but doing so comfortably.” ~A participant’s partner

“I am lucky to be joining the MBTM in Portland. This helps me a lot to get integrated into a new culture and understand the prevention piece to avoid the bad attitude in terms of dealing with a partner. I think I am in a good space at a good time.” ~Francis, participant