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Women and Girls' Program

The Women and Girls Program is our core program and gateway to other services provided by Breaking Free. After an initial intake and assessment is completed, an individual plan for each client is established and implemented, which includes:

  • Advocacy: Providing information and referrals to appropriate services or agencies, as well as directly advocating on behalf of clients within these services and agencies.
  • Case Management: Serving clients with concurring issues of poverty, homelessness, drug addiction, and violence necessitates a holistic case management approach in order to overcome each of the barriers.
  • Educational Support Groups: Weekly educational support groups facilitated by Breaking Free staff are a combination of women sharing their experiences and learning about the dynamics of sex trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.

Life and Job Skills/Education Program
This program prepares women and girls who may have never held a real job before to increase their knowledge and become employable. Life/job skills, education, and opportunities are provided through weekly classes designed specifically for exploited women and girls focusing on higher education, soft skill development, work experience development, and employment readiness. Breaking Free has formed partnerships with several local employment and work readiness organizations to help prepare women and girls for the job market as well as to encourage them to complete their GEDs and seek higher education, which helps them to avoid being re-victimized due to economic desperation.

Sisters of Survival
A 14-week, intensive education group to examine sex trafficking as a slave-based system, the impact it has has on victims' lives, and issues related to addiction and recovery.


This program involves on-going group meetings for women who have successfully completed the 14-week program. Topics include relationship issues, building self-esteem, money management, parenting skills, employment resources, education and health care.

Relapse Prevention Group
A chemical dependency counselor from Recovery Resource Center works closely with women in this group once a week to discuss and deal with chemical addiction issues.

Legal Services and Criminal Justice Advocacy Program
Breaking Free's Staff Attorney independently provides pro bono legal services and makes referrals to trained volunteer attorneys.  Contact us for more information on becoming a volunteer attorney with Breaking Free's new Pro Bono Legal Clinic (conducted in partnership with the Volunteer Lawyer's Network).

In addition to providing victims with access to free legal services for non-criminal matters, Breaking Free works with and educates key stakeholders in the criminal justice system to minimize the re-victimization and criminalization of victims and ensure equal access to justice. Breaking Free also provides specialized trainings and CLEs for attorneys, judges, and law enforcement.

The ultimate goal is to improve the justice system’s response to victims, while empowering women and youth to know and stand up for those rights and protections afforded them under the law.

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