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For Immediate Release
December 12, 2003
Contact: Chip Gavin
207-626-8406

***MEDIA ADVISORY***
Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky to Host Training Session
in Aroostook County for Address Confidentiality Program

PRESQUE ISLE, ME -- Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will visit Presque Isle today to highlight the state's Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) and provide training to individuals interested in serving as ACP Application Assistants.

Launched earlier this year, and administered by the Secretary of State, ACP provides an important service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The program has two basic parts. First, it offers a designated address to victims who have moved to a new location unknown to the abuser. Second, it provides a free first-class confidential mail forwarding service.

Participants receive a program authorization card, which includes the individual's name, authorization code, designated address and expiration date. Under the ACP law, state and local agencies are required to accept the designated address as though it is the participant's actual residence address.

Domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocates throughout Maine will be trained to serve as ACP Application Assistants. In this capacity, they will share information about the program with those who could benefit from it, and help those individuals to apply.

Secretary Gwadosky will conduct a training session for representatives of the Battered Women's Project and Homeless Services of Aroostook County today in Presque Isle. For additional information about the program, or to set up an interview with Secretary Gwadosky, please contact Chip Gavin or Doug Dunbar at 626-8406.