About My Refuge House

Our Mission:

My Refuge House restores survivors of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse.

My Refuge House is dedicated to providing the best comprehensive and therapeutic care so that each girl can stand on her own. We believe a loving and caring atmosphere is the foundation for any healing environment. There is a family-like environment between staff and girls that draws upon Filipino culture through family meetings, outings, and activities. Since 2008, we have provided long-term aftercare for over 50 survivors as they reclaim their lives. In 2015, we added another home to increase long-term capacity, created a transition program for our older girls, and began a community outreach program focused on prevention and advocacy.

How MRH began:

My Refuge House began in 2008 when one small church in Southern California resolved to do something to help meet the needs of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse. Everyone united with a purpose after one woman read and shared “Terrify No More”, a book authored by the founder of International Justice Mission, Gary A. Haugen.

They focused on Cebu, Philippines due to the high level of trafficking that happens in the area. As one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, Cebu is a global hub for business and tourism, which has created a high demand for sex trafficking. The church raised the funds to build the original home for My Refuge House.

Over the years, churches, organizations, and people (secular and non-secular alike) have continued uniting to support and encourage My Refuge House to fulfill our mission. Together, we are Restoring One Life At A Time.