Sexual exploitation is a very real issue affecting low income women- especially when placed in vulnerable situations. Homelessness, housing instability, and financial distress can put mothers at a risk. It is a predatory industry. To to be frank, women in our communities are a greater risk due to their lack of income, EA shelter eligibility restrictions, the lack of permanent housing resources, and motel placements. It is important that shelter staff, DHCD staff, and those working in motels are prepared and aware- both of current risk and vulnerability based on a mother’s past. Our Life Our Choice presented at one of our forums a few years back with rave reviews and continues to be a leader in the field of Exploitation Prevention, policy, practice, and in engaging women who have been victims and are survivors. Here is some information about an upcoming training:
TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Would you like to be trained on using the MLMC Exploitation Prevention Curriculum?
What: Preventing the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Adolescent Girls: A Training for Providers on Using the My Life My Choice Curriculum
When: April 30, 3013, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: The Family Justice Center 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
CEUS: 5.5 CEUs available for social workers
Registration: Register with Shannon Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org/617-232-1303 x203
My Life My Choice is a nationally recognized, groundbreaking initiative designed to reach adolescent girls most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation. The MLMC Curriculum is a ten-session program created to develop and strengthen your efforts to halt the disturbing wave of exploitation and trafficking in the United States. Created in 2002, MLMC was the first comprehensive curriculum in the country focused solely on preventing commercial sexual exploitation among adolescent girls. For more information, please visit our website:www.fightingexploitation.org.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
•understand the research base behind the My Life My Choice Curriculum;
•learn how to use the curriculum to run psycho-educational groups with vulnerable girls in a variety of settings;
•explore potential challenges that may arise during the group; and
•receive a copy of the “My Life My Choice” curriculum.
Trainers: Lisa Goldblatt Grace, LICSW, MPH, MLMC Director
Audrey Morrissey, MLMC Associate Director
And here are a few articles that may be of interest:
- About one woman who says, “Sometimes, what you’ve overcome makes you stronger.”
- About a victim turned witness in Boston whose struggle continues, “With trafficking victims they don’t have a support base; there aren’t a lot of resources,’’
- Survivors helping inform policies, “no victim’s advocate or policy maker is as good as a survivor.”
- A brief article about the hospitality field, “But perhaps what was most horrifying…was to discover how often US hotels are the venues for such crimes. “