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P.O. Box 4366
Saint Paul, Minnesota,55104
Breaking Free is a Minnesota-based non-profit and social justice/social change organization founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter. Every year, Breaking Free helps over 500 women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct servic... more.
Joy Friedman Consulting, Motivational Speaking & Trainer
Success Day 2012 | Carolyn Vinup
Keynote speakers for this event will include Catherine Byers Breet (Founder and Chief Stripe Change of ARBEZ Inc.), Vednita Carter (Founder and Executive Director of Breaking Free) and Joy Friedman (Program Manager for Breaking Free) and Al Horner (Author of the book "Not Me" and former Navy SEAL).
Joy Friedman, a program manager for Breaking Free, who has extensive experience in providing services to women who have been victimized in systems of prostitution. She is a sought after public speaker and have provided numerous trainings and presentations on prostitution/sex trafficking as violence against women and girls and serves as Breaking Free's primary liaison with the St. Paul Police/Vice Unit and FBI.
Breaking Free | Leadership
Joy Friedman, Training and Outreach Director
JFriedman@breakingfree.net Joy knows firsthand the importance of Breaking Free's program. After being trafficked as a teen and after twenty-seven years of surviving "the life," she successfully completed the Breaking Free program and begin working on staff. For the past 14 years, Joy has proved to be an invaluable resource and has worked for Breaking Free as a case manager, outreach specialist, program manager, and coordinator for the Offenders Prostitution Program (John School). Joy has extensive experience in providing services to women who have been victimized in systems of prostitution. She is a sought-after public speaker and has provided numerous trainings and presentations on prostitution and sex trafficking as violence against women and girls. She also serves as one of Breaking Free's primary liaisons with the St. Paul Police Human Trafficking Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Breaking Free in the News
Fox 9 News: Breaking Free's Director of Women's Programs Joy Friedman Speaks Out on Sex Trafficking
Bemidji Pioneer: Breaking "the Life" Cycle: Sex Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out Fox 9 News: Robbinsdale Police Chief Resigns After Prostitution Sting Arrest
One of those role models was Joy Friedman, who came to Breaking Free as a client in 2001 and is now the organization's director of training and outreach.
"Getting out, it's very hard. Just like domestic violence," said Friedman, 51, who was trafficked to Minot, N.D., among many other cities, in her teens and 20s. "You'll go back and forth with different things," she said. Friedman and others do outreach to women in the life, but sometimes it takes a long time to reach them. "Some of the girls are so addicted to the lifestyle, the hustle, the abuse, all of that, that they don't know what to expect on this side," Friedman said.
-- Joy Friedman, sex trafficking survivor and director of training and outreach for Breaking Free in St. Paul
You identify a young woman, a girl maybe, lured or coerced into a life of sex for money in the hard, scrambling towns of the North Dakota oil boom. You see her, reach her, offer her hope for something better, and she says yes, please, help me. said Joy Friedman, director of training and outreach for Breaking Free.