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Womens Program Manager

Phone: (651) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: j***@***.net
Breaking Free Inc
1821 University Ave. W. Ste. 216S
St. Paul , Minnesota 55104
United States

Company Description: Breaking Free is an Afro-centric social service agency with offices in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in St. Paul and provides services throughout...   more
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Joy Friedman: Women's ...
breakingfree.net, 16 Aug 2014 [cached]
Joy Friedman: Women's Programs Director
Joy knows firsthand the importance of Breaking Free's Women'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 13 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.
Joy Friedman discusses ...
manitoumessenger.com, 24 Nov 2013 [cached]
Joy Friedman discusses Minnesota sex trafficking Manitou Messenger : Joy Friedman discusses Minnesota sex trafficking
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Joy Friedman discusses Minnesota sex trafficking
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On Wednesday, Nov. 14, more than 100 students crammed into the Valhalla Room in Buntrock Commons to hear Joy Friedman, a representative of the Minnesota nonprofit organization Breaking Free, discuss prostitution and human trafficking.
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After Panning introduced Friedman at Wednesday night's talk, Friedman, a survivor of more than two decades of human trafficking, immediately charmed her audience with a series of lighthearted jokes.
"Laughter is a way of healing," she said before diving into the sobering facts that define human trafficking. She explained that there are three types of human trafficking, or modern-day slavery: sex trafficking, labor trafficking and organ trafficking.
"As fast as you can order a pizza, you can order a human being," she said. "That's reality. Friedman also insisted that trafficking can - and does - happen everywhere.
"This is not something that happens somewhere else," she said. "This happens here. Every single person in this room is sellable. It doesn't matter whether you're male or female, what your color is, what your religion is or what you think about it."
Friedman discussed the stages of trafficking - recruitment, initiation and enslavement - and the intense psychological damage that impacts all victims of prostitution, or, as Friedman calls them, "overcomers."
After explaining the reality of sex trafficking, Friedman called her audience to action.
"We have to shift our paradigm," she said. First, she asked audience members to take the word "prostitute" out of their vocabularies, as it reduces victims of sex trafficking to what has happened to them instead of recognizing their individual worth. Acceptable terms to replace "prostitute" include "victim of prostitution" or "victim of sex trafficking. This vocabulary shift, she said, is a simple but very important piece of action.
Next, Friedman addressed flaws in U.S. legislation surrounding prostitution.
"Help change laws," she said. She cited strip clubs and the "adult entertainment" industry as legal gateways to prostitution that are unacceptable, claiming that "we shouldn't even have this option. In addition, Friedman pointed out that current laws only criminalize men and women in prostitution, not those taking advantage of them. These laws, she said, are backwards.
Lastly, Friedman asked audience members to continue to have conversations about sex trafficking and to get involved as activists or volunteers.
"This is not only a female issue," Friedman said.
In this Jan 25, 2012 photo, ...
www.caller.com, 29 Dec 2014 [cached]
In this Jan 25, 2012 photo, Joy Friedman hugs a woman named Lisa who was working as a prostitute in Minneapolis. Friedman is a women's programs manager for Breaking Free, a St. Paul based non-profit that helps women who want to leave the sex trade.
In this Jan 25, 2012 photo, ...
highlandstoday.com, 29 Dec 2014 [cached]
In this Jan 25, 2012 photo, Joy Friedman hugs a woman named Lisa who was working as a prostitute in Minneapolis. Friedman is a women's programs manager for Breaking Free, a St. Paul based non-profit that helps women who want to leave the sex trade. Minnesota has become a national model for combating sex trafficking, particularly with its investment of state funds to support the victims. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT
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In this Jan 25, 2012 photo, Joy Friedman hugs a woman named Lisa who was working as a prostitute in Minneapolis. Friedman is a women's programs manager for Breaking Free, a St. Paul based non-profit that helps women who want to leave the sex trade.
"If you haven't seen it, realities ...
www.twincities.com, 6 Jan 2015 [cached]
"If you haven't seen it, realities are you're looking in the wrong place," said Joy Friedman with Breaking Free, a St. Paul organization that helps women trying to leave prostitution.
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