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Our Team
Breaking Free is committed to diversity and to the empowerment of women. Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise, and many are themselves survivors.

ur History
It started with WHISPER (Women Hurt in Systems of Prostitution Engaged in Revolt), a pioneering program of its time working with women in prostitution before Minnesota communities recognized, let alone acknowledged, that sex trafficking was keeping our own women and girls enslaved in systems of abuse and sexual exploitation. 

Unfortunately, support for WHISPER waned. But Breaking Free’s founder, Vednita Carter (then WHISPER’s director of women’s services) saw a need.  A survivor herself, she refused to abandon her mission to help women and girls whose lives had been devastated by prostitution and sex trafficking. 

In 1996, Ms. Carter founded Breaking Free, Inc. as a non-profit agency helping women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. 

Through Ms. Carter’s vision and tireless dedication, Breaking Free has become one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution. Over the last 19 years, Breaking Free has served more than 7,000 clients and reached over 22,000 individuals via street outreach while systematically growing its programming to embrace a full continuum of care. 

Breaking Free was established in October 1996, by Vednita Carter, Founder, as a non-profit organization serving women involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, and prostitution/sex trafficking. In the fall of 2016 Terry Forliti was appointed by Vednita Carter and the Breaking Free Board of Directors as the new Executive Director.Phone: 651-645-6557
Address: P.O. Box 4366, St. Paul, MN 55104