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I Understand

Breaking Free

We empower survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution to build new lives through safe housing, direct services, effective healing programs, survivor advocacy, worldwide policy change, and hope.

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Advocacy Victim
Case Management
Exit Services
Shelter Short Term

For Survivors

Client Services: 
The client services 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.

Sisters of Survival (SOS): 
A 14-week intensive education program that examines sex trafficking as a slave-based system, the impact it has on victims' lives, and issues related to addiction and recovery.

Permanent Supportive Housing: 
Breaking Free’s permanent housing facility was opened through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2001. The 34-unit apartment complex is master-leased by Breaking Free with one- and two-bedroom units.

Our permanent supportive housing program houses men and women (and their children. We call this program "permanent supportive housing" because we are not mandated by our funding to require a time limit of stay for residents. It is our hope and design that clients will utilize this program and its supportive services to eventually achieve self-sufficiency.

For Advocates

Breaking Free's volunteers are invested, skilled, hard-working, creative, passionate people who want to make a difference in the lives of the women who come through our doors.

Current Group Volunteer Opportunities:

  • We are in need of group volunteers to help organize our donation garage.
  • We are in need of group volunteers to put together hygiene kits for our street outreach.

EVENforONE is excited to explore how we can best support the referral aspects of the counter-trafficking fight and will be launching refined services and tools in the future!
Due to this developmental season we'll be temporarily stepping back from case management, for both overcomers and other anti-trafficking organizations. The primary purpose is to take what we’ve been learning so far and improve our support structure and our processes to ensure we’re contributing to effective and sustainable healing outcomes for everyone engaging with our advocacy-based assistance in the future. While we're on this pause, our public database will still remain fully available for use.
This is a public database of resources available in the counter-trafficking fight. We do our best to verify these resources are safe and trustworthy, but EVENforONE assumes no responsibility related to your use of these resources - use at your own risk - and please make the best decisions you can to guard your own safety. As a whole, the anti-trafficking community still has a lot to learn about how to collaborate well for assisting overcomers in a consistently healthy way, and EVENforONE desires to be a positive advocate for that as we learn and grow too.