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This year, we hope you'll consider adopting a Breaking Free family to give gifts this holiday season to the women we serve and their families.

Whether you're celebrating a blessed year by paying it forward, trying to rally your faith community around a cause that really matters, or teaching your children about true generosity, Adopt-A-Family is a great opportunity to make a difference right in your backyard.

E-mail Aliyah Carter at ACarter@breakingfree.net Today to Adopt-A-Family



Super Bowl 52 is coming to the Twin Cities this football season!

From billboards spreading educational campaigns to enhance statewide law enforcement stings to educating Minnesota's transportation industry, lodging, food and entertainment and emergency responders. Breaking Free is taking a lead in the efforts to stop sex trafficking during the Super Bowl as well as every other day of the year.

We are one of the few service providers which include, The Link, Youthlink, MIWRC and Pride.

Breaking Free will be the ONLY service provider to be open 24 hours per day leading up to the game. Our offices on 770 University Avenue West will be used as a drop-in shelter and a "warming station" for sleeping overnight. We know that hotels, motels, shelters and other places that trafficked women might traditionally stay in will be at capacity. While we don't anticipate a big upturn in sex trafficking, we must position ourselves as though there will be services needed by trafficked women.

We need your help and support!

-Volunteers to spend time at Breaking Free during those 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl. (Actual opportunities to sign-up will be coming soon)

-Financial donations to help with the administrative costs during this time including food for survivors, volunteers, transportation tokens including uber/lyft cards, clothing, bedding, bath towels, hygiene items, etc...

-Breaking Free will be doing a lot of street outreach during this time. We need help with outreach packets (deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, combs, body scrub, tooth paste, tooth brush, condoms)

-Breaking Free will assist law enforcement, Sgt. Grant Snyder in various stings and rescuing trafficked women.

Won't you please support Breaking Free in this very unique opportunity to let the world know that we in Minnesota will not stand for sex trafficking. We DEMAND CHANGE!

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Watch Vednita Cater's TED talk below!

Vednita Carter, Founder of Breaking Free, shares a powerful message in this TED talk presented at TEDxMinneapolis in July 2015. Carter begins by telling her own story of survival as a high school graduate trafficked in a strip club in Minneapolis. She explains how she got out of the Life and went on to found Breaking Free in October 1996 as a place for women to find safety and refuge. "No woman, no girl, no one deserves to be bought and sold," she declares in her talk. "This is no one's destiny-no one's." 

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Breaking Free was established in October 1996, by Vednita Carter, Founder and President, as a non-profit organization serving women involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking.Phone: 651-645-6557
Address: P.O. Box 4366, St. Paul, MN 55104