My Life My Choice (MLMC)

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Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. My Life My Choice (MLMC) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents: Services for Victims, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Girls ages 12-18 who have been exploited or are at high risk of being exploited

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18

Brief Description

MLMC offers a unique continuum of services spanning youth service provider training, prevention groups for vulnerable adolescent girls, case consultation, and survivor mentoring to young victims of commercial sexual exploitation. MLMC aims to have a significant impact on a hard-to-reach population by employing survivors as group leaders, trainers, and mentors. Their first-hand accounts of victimization have informed group and training curricula and are the voice of authenticity to girls entrapped in a life of abuse.

Program Goals:

The goals of My Life My Choice (MLMC) are:

  • Change the climate in which girls in the United States grow up
  • Make it understood that girls have a fundamental human right to live their lives free from commercial sexual exploitation, without fear that adults will prey on their vulnerabilities
  • Decrease the incidence and severity of commercial sexual exploitation of girls, with a primary focus on the Greater Boston area
  • Prevent commercial sexual exploitation of girls by empowering them with the knowledge and skills to reduce their risk of exploitation
  • Increase identification of girls who are being commercially sexually exploited by training service providers to recognize the signs that a girl is being victimized and know how to respond
  • Decrease the number of girls being commercially sexually exploited by supporting victims as they exit exploitation and work to rebuild their lives
  • Improve the community response to girls who have been commercially sexually exploited
  • Improve practice nationally to prevent and intervene in commercial sexual exploitation of girls

Contact Information

Name: Lisa Goldblatt Grace, MPH, LICSW
Agency/Affiliation: My Life My Choice
Website: www.fightingexploitation.org
Email:
Phone: (617) 779-2179
Fax: (617) 779-2196

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013