Breaking Free

A nonprofit organization

$28,952 Raised by 84 Donors

39% complete

$75,000 Goal

Since 1996, Breaking Free has helped thousands of women escape sex trafficking and prostitution through direct services. We help survivors build new lives through safe housing, effective healing and support programs, survivor advocacy, worldwide policy change, and hope.  Our ground-breaking Men Breaking Free program addresses the demand by facilitating restoration with integrity.

Breaking Free’s own diversity helps to intentionally provide additional support to serve women of color who are disproportionately represented in demographics of the trafficked population.

“The single greatest barrier to escaping sex trafficking and prostitution is a lack of safe housing.”  --Terry Forliti, Executive Director of Breaking Free 

Breaking Free is currently the only survivor-led provider of housing services to adult victims of sex trafficking and their children in Minnesota.  We provide a Drop-In Center 9 am-5 pm weekdays and permanent supportive housing for 41 family units.  In 2019, Breaking Free opened the only Emergency Shelter specifically for victims of sex trafficking and prostitution in Minnesota.

As a survivor-led, and largely survivor-run, organization, we realize the critical need for emergency shelter, drop-in services, and permanent supportive housing. We have spent the last 25 years empowering women to own their own bodies and their futures. To continue to do this, and to truly role-model that, Breaking Free, too, needs to be able to provide these services. We can’t do it without your support.

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Breaking Free

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Community Humanitarian Aid Emergencies

BIPOC community

BIPOC serving

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


770 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104



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