MMP fights for the freedom and survival of women and girls in Los Angeles whose lives have been destroyed by commercial sexual exploitation. Small but fearless, MMP provides a multi-faceted support system for those who make the difficult journey out of an existence of abuse and violence.
Mary Magdalene Project Programs And Services Include:
Street Outreach Program
Educational Prevention Program for Youth ages 12-17
- Crisis Intervention & Emergency Support Services
- Survivor Mentorship for Girls and Women
MMP is committed to meeting the ongoing challenges of helping victims of commercial sexual exploitation leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears and empower them to reach their potential & achieve their goals.
The Mary Magdalene Project was created by a grant from the Presbyterian Women of America (PWA) in June 1980 at the prompting of West Hollywood Presbyterian’s Reverend Ross Greek. Its location on Sunset Boulevard had put him in contact with prostituted women working the streets right outside his church. He told the PWA he was giving these women what was, at best, only temporary shelter from abusive pimps and violet johns, allowing them to hide or sleep in pews during the day. What was needed to effect real change was food, clothing and shelter. Without these, it was impossible for an immediate exit from dependence on either a pimp, or the funds obtained from commercial sexual exploitation.
PWA responded with a $30,000 original grant which was used to rent a residential house in the distant relative security of the San Fernando Valley. Women were allowed to escape into the program where they were hidden and cared for up to 6 months, and then they were given bus tickets home. It didn’t take long to realize the homes of origin were frequently responsible for the circumstances that led to their exploitation and changes were made to the program.
Programming ultimately expanded beyond the original intervention to include family reunification and intergenerational prevention programs, relapse prevention, emergency support services, street outreach, and harm reduction programs. Our programs continue to evolve over time to meet the needs of the population we serve.