OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Secretary of State Wobensmith has renewed, reinvigorated, and re-imagined the role of the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State. His vision has led to vibrant sub-national relationships between the State of Maryland and countries all over the world.
The progress made in the Division of Charities and Legal Services has led to great change through the Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC), Maryland's workplace giving program. Under Secretary Wobensmith's leadership, the event has grown from two kick-off events to more than five around the state. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, with charitable giving down nationally, the MCC was able to beat its modest $2 million giving goal.
Additionally, during Secretary Wobensmith's tenure, he has demonstrated his commitment to ending domestic violence and human trafficking. The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) during previous gubernatorial administrations was a part of the Divisions within the Office of the Secretary of State. This program, which focuses on the protection of victims of domestic violence by concealing their address in the public domain, was too important to remain in another Division. The Secretary of State created a Division specifically to house the ACP and began developing legislation to provide dignity to victims. The ACP in the last two years has signed MOU's with El Salvador and Mexico to provide training to the consulate staff in Washington DC for referral to Maryland's ACP.
Through Secretary Wobensmith’s work, the ACP has become a nationally recognized gold standard for protecting victims of domestic violence. Over 1,200 victims and their families are being protected under the program, and 20 victims of domestic violence have been able to purchase homes without the worry of the perpetrator finding out about the purchase through public records.