In 2007, FAMM started it Massachusetts Project and in 2008, hired Barb Dougan as its first Massachusetts state director. FAMM’s Massachusetts Project has helped lead the way for the first-ever reforms to the state’s drug sentencing laws in 2010 and more substantial changes in 2012. Barb has built an engaged and committed base of over 3,000 local members, including the families of drug offenders, prisoners, advocates and concerned citizens. Barb drafts legislation, educational materials and media pieces, and teaches FAMM’s members how to lobby their legislators so that voters can be the catalyst for change.
Prior to joining FAMM, Barb was a staff attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Boston, handling racial violence and police misconduct litigation. She has also worked at Legal Services programs in New York and Iowa. Barb graduated from the University of Iowa and the U. of Iowa College of Law. In 2010 she was named one of the “Top Women in Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Learn more about FAMM’s work in Massachusetts.