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.

Learn more in this short video, created by our community partner Martin's Point Health Care. (The project was supported by Grant No. 2015-CY-AX-0013, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this video are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.)

Men Connect for New Mainers meets every other Friday, sometimes virtually and sometimes in person; new participants are always welcome to join us! For more information about the next meeting, email chris @

"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 MB2M 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

Our facilatators: Guy Mpoyi Tshitoko, Christian Bisimwa, and Chris Kelleher 

Guy Mpoyi   Christian Bisimwa   Chris Kelleher