- Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
- Sex Offender Registry Board
Media Contact for Governor Baker Appoints Juvenile Probation Officer Sherquita HoSang to Sex Offender Registry Board
Boston — Governor Charlie Baker today announced that he has appointed Sherquita HoSang, an accomplished juvenile probation officer and former social worker from Western Massachusetts, to the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB).
“Sherquita HoSang’s years of experience in risk and needs assessment, supervision strategies, and the criminal justice system make her well-qualified for appointment,” said Governor Baker. “Her work before the court, in the community, and as a partner with outside agencies give her a depth of understanding that will serve the Commonwealth well as a member of the Sex Offender Registry Board.”
Prior to her appointment, HoSang served as an award-winning juvenile probation officer in Hampden County. Previously, she worked as a social worker for the Department of Children and Families in Springfield and as an intercept counselor with Youth Villages in West Springfield. In each of these positions, she gathered and assessed information on individuals, families, and their environments to make informed recommendations to courts and other entities. She was named a Cultural Proficiency Champion of Hampden County and earned an Excellence Award from the Trial Court of the Commonwealth in 2017, and she spearheaded Cultural Appreciation Day observances in 2018 and 2019.
“Sherquita comes to SORB with a professional background that gives her keen insight into the importance of individualized circumstances, with particular attention to achieving the best and safest results for individuals and the community,” said Secretary Tom Turco of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
The Sex Offender Registry Board's primary duty is to register and classify convicted sex offenders according to their risk of re-offense and the degree of danger that they pose. It maintains the state’s sex offender registry, works with state and local government agencies to keep them and the public at large informed on registered offenders, and provides additional services to the victims and survivors of sexual violence. Its seven members are appointed by the Governor, with one Chair and six additional members who serve for six-year terms.
HoSang will enter the seat left by former Board member Tracey Downs, who will take on a new position as SORB’s Director of Hearings, a full-time position in which she will oversee and coordinate the scheduling, site assignment and staffing of all administrative hearings regarding sex offender classification.
About Sherquita HoSang:
Sherquita HoSang served for six years as a juvenile probation officer in Hampden County. In that position, she worked with judges, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense counsel, and child welfare organizations and recommended supervision orders that included treatment, vocational rehabilitation, mental health programming, and revocation or probation. HoSang managed an extensive caseload of delinquency, child requiring assistance, and care and protection cases in the juvenile justice system. These cases required close examination of facts and circumstances surrounding each one. She conducted home studies, pre-sentencing reports, and violation of probation hearings. She identified strengths and weaknesses of her clients to aid in referral to community-based services.
As a Department of Children and Families social worker in Springfield from 2010 to 2014, HoSang prepared assessments, reports, service plans and foster care reviews. She worked with at-risk youth, children, and families to help stabilize them in the community, and interviewed clients individually and in family groups to determine what services would best fit their needs. She worked as an intercept counselor for Youth Villages from 2009 to 2010, assisting young people with serious behavioral issues or trauma histories and their families to provide intervention services in times of crisis.
Sherquita HoSang is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and legal studies. She is intermediate in Spanish and resided for six months in Barcelona, Spain, while she completed her college courses in 2006. She earned a Master’s degree in social work with honors from Springfield College in 2012, and is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts.