The Sisters Project: Helping Women Exit the Violence of Prostitution

Project Overview (PDF)

8th Funding Cycle Development Award
Project Start Date: 1/1/2013
Project End Date: 12/31/2014
Award Amount: $200,000

Project Goal Statement: The Sisters Project aims to prevent violence against women involved in Milwaukee's sex trade by developing an action plan that integrates local and national best practices in prostitution intervention strategies.

 Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Jeanne Geraci, Benedict Center
Additional community partner organization names:

  • 3rd District Community Prosecution Unit, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
  • 3rd District Milwaukee Police Department (MPD)
  • Lutheran Church of Reformation
 Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Staci Young, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Laura Cassidy, PhD, Institute for Health and Society
  • Mina Farahzad, Graduate Student
 Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Summary Report January 2013 - August 2013 (PDF)
Project Progress Summary Report September 2013 - August 2014 (PDF)
Project Final Report Summary (PDF)

 Affiliated Web Pages:

3rd District Community Prosecution Unit of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
3rd District of the Milwaukee Police Department
Benedict Center

 Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Article
    • Article in Chicago Tribune
    • Article on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    • Interview on Lake FM Radio
    • Article in the Neighborhood News Service
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Featured in agency newsletter distributed to a mailing list of 2,500
    • Presentation at Washington Park Partners Community Safety Committee meeting
    • Presentation to stakeholders on the Sisters Diversion Project
  •  Presentations
    • Poster presentation at the AHW Looking Back, Moving Forward Conference (May 2014)
    • Presentation at the Black Women’s Health Conference (June 2014)
    • Presentation at the National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies Conference (September 2014)
    • Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association annual conference
    • Presentation at the National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies (NAPSA) Conference
Contact Us

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Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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