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Meet Laurie - One Young Woman's Entry Into "The Life"

Meet Laurie - One Young Woman's Entry Into "The Life"
Blessings to you, Laurie, for sharing your story, and for your bravery and courage to break free.

Truckers Against Trafficking Saving Lives

Truckers Against Trafficking Saving Lives
Making calls, saving lives!

Trafficking Stopped Amidst Covid-19? Absolutely NOT!

Trafficking Stopped Amidst Covid-19? Absolutely NOT!
"She provided us with face masks and hand sanitizer before introducing us to the children."  Operation Underground Rescue Worker

Again The Sun Rises...Amidst The Crisis

Again The Sun Rises...Amidst The Crisis
Checking In With The Link this morning, we received these words. "This has been one of the most difficult times our agency has ever had but I truly believe we are stronger than we have ever been."

The Link Needs Your Help!

The Link Needs Your Help!
Learn about three specific ways you can support The Link!

Breaking Free Needs Help

Breaking Free Needs Help
Breaking Free is currently serving 55 families through housing, Hearth Connection and Section 8, as well as clients through the Safe House and Drop-in Center.

Here is How You Can Help!

Have You Heard of the Red Sand Project?

Have You Heard of the Red Sand Project?
Molly Gochman first launched Red Sand Project in 2014, after realizing the depths to which slavery continues to be a contemporary reality. Globally, an estimated 40.3 million individuals live in slavery, whether in forced marriages, forced labor, or for sexual exploitation. Molly recognized that to begin finding a solution to such a widespread challenge, increased public awareness and engagement would be essential. She initiated the first Red Sand Project action in Miami, where she filled the cracks of sidewalks in and around the Art Basel Miami Beach pavilion with red sand. The approach was symbolic, with the grains of sand representing those individuals who fall through the cracks—whether the cracks of our social, economic, and political systems or those of our personal consciousness.

Looking For Ways to Volunteer?

Looking For Ways to Volunteer?
Get involved!  Attend the annual fundraiser and celebration event, learn about donation needs, grab a friend or group to participate in group volunteer activities!  Thank you for your interest and support!

SisterSquad Exhibiting at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Feb. 15-16

SisterSquad Exhibiting at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Feb. 15-16
Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th from 10:00am-4:00pm.  Utilize the attached coupon for 2-1 admittance.  Members of the Arboretum are admitted to the market at no charge.

22 Collier County hotels, motels accused of permitting sex trafficking, lawsuit claims in Naples, Florida

22 Collier County hotels, motels accused of permitting sex trafficking, lawsuit claims in Naples, Florida

The 22 hotels and motels named in the lawsuit are clustered along U.S. 41 and at the Interstate 75 interchanges, primarily at Collier Boulevard and Pine Ridge Road.  

The hotels tend to be affiliated with chains — Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Residence Inn by Marriott, La Quinta Inn, Best Western. They’re the kinds of places where families might put up out-of-town guests and businesses use for traveling employees. Many have poolside chickee bars, outdoor fire pits and pickleball courts.

The roadside motels, mostly along the East Trail, tend to be small and independently owned.  

“This is not just happening in some dirty part of our town,” Freeman said. “This isn’t isolated.” 

Grounding Breaking Study Released By the University of Minnesota

Grounding Breaking Study Released By the University of Minnesota
In the past year, at least 5,000 high school students across the state of Minnesota have been sexually exploited by being offered money, food, drugs or alcohol, or a place to stay, for sex.

Human Trafficking Featured on KS95

Human Trafficking Featured on KS95
Keith Stevens, Natalie Grant, local experts, and detectives discussed how we can shine a light on human trafficking. How to talk to your children about this hidden but very real issue. And survivors in our community shared their stories along with the hope only God can bring.